As if remote learning and teaching weren’t hard enough already, cyber criminals are now directing their attention towards teachers who are teaching online classes. So, if you are receiving your payment online, be cautious since cyber fraudsters might quickly empty your bank account under the pretext of giving you tuition funds.
Cyber criminals have now altered their ways of attack. Recent cases where a person would call and enquire for admission in online classes and then in place of submission of the tuition fees, make the coaching administrator bankrupt is very common.
A coaching centre in Dhanbad reported that the Coaching Federation of India and Dhanbad Coaching Association’s District Head, Manoj Kumar Singh received a call from 8099452817 at one morning. The caller claimed to be a person called Pramil Kumar. He enquired regarding the admission of his child to the coaching centre. His supposed child was in class 8 and he wanted online coaching classes of Maths and Science for his kid. It was decided on the phone call that he will pay the fees in two parts.
For making the half payment, he asked Manoj Kumar’s WhatsApp number.
Further on, he asked for the coaching administrator’s Paytm, Google Pay, or PhonePe details for the submission of the tuition fees.
After this, he called Manoj Kumar and told him that he was an Army officer and the method of payment of the Indian Army is different. He said that a message crediting Rs 5 from his account will be first sent on Manoj’s phone and after that, he would have to click on the ‘Okay’ button, so that the full amount could be transferred.
Hearing this, the coaching administrator became suspicious. He said to let the transaction take place and he will follow up with the rest of the steps after his classes. On receiving an unsatisfactory answer, the fraudster was infuriated and started abusing him and cut the call.
Crimes can happen anywhere, so stay alert! Don’t trust anonymous calls who speak of suspicious methods of payment and transaction. Authenticate and then only share your details with the other person.