Mumbai: Online scams are increasing nowadays. You should always be very careful about which links you click on and what you download on your mobile or laptop. By a minor mistake, a Thane man was duped of Rs 5 lakh while he was trying to get his television display fixed. He downloaded the Anydesk app on his phone and within seconds Rs 5 lakh was debited from his bank account. The AnyDesk app is used by IT professionals around the world to remotely connect to their customers’ devices (mobile/laptop) to help with technical issues. However, the scammer used his talent to get his bank account details before even accessing the device.
Scam happened like this
According to a PTI report, a person from Thane called the TV channel provider after he had a problem with the TV. While he was on the call, he got a call from another number who claimed to be from the channel provider’s team and then asked him to download Anydesk app. Quoting the complaint of the victim, an official of Chitalsar police station said that when the person downloaded the Anydesk app on his phone, he came to know that five lakh rupees were missing from his bank account. The police officer told the news agency that the victim lodged a complaint with the police and then registered a case against the unknown person under section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code and provisions of the Information Technology Act. Police is trying to trace the criminals.
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How to Avoid Online Scams
Most importantly, never give access to your device to any unknown person and secondly, never share online banking login details or any password with anyone.
According to the AnyDesk support page, ‘If someone you don’t know is asking for access to any of your devices and wants you to download specific software, beware! You are at risk of becoming a victim of a remote access scam. Typically, these criminals will call you to explain your Internet or computer problems and offer to help. They will introduce themselves as officials of your bank or employees of large companies such as Microsoft. Never trust a call you weren’t expecting! Don’t count on “help” you didn’t request! No bank or company will ask you over the phone to download the software.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 18, 2023, 05:30 IST