New Delhi: The number of cybercrime incidents in India is increasing daily. India has reported 4,047 cases of online bank fraud, 2,160 ATM fraud, 1,194 credit/debit card fraud and 1,093 OTP fraud, according to the NCRB. Another hoax recently deceived hundreds of people across the country. In the latest scam, scammers inform victims via SMS that their electricity bill is past due and that they must pay it by clicking on the link provided.
The electricity bill fraud continued for several months, and the scammers managed to empty the bank accounts of many users. While smartphone users should be wary of such scams, a recent report indicates that cybercrime officials have arrested people behind the scam in Jharkhand region. However, this does not exclude the possibility of similar incidents in the future. You should never click on links sent to you via text messages or WhatsApp.
According to cybercrime officials, the electricity bill scam originated in Jamtara, Jharkhand. These scammers hacked people’s phones and texted them that their electricity bill had not been paid and that they had to pay it immediately.
According to reports, the gang first contacted SIM card vendors to obtain bulk SIM cards in order to send scanned messages to people. Then these scammers opened a bank account to receive the fraudulent money. Then they sent letters to people asking them to pay their electricity bills.
The majority of people receive the following scam message: “Dear Consumer, your electricity will be cut off tonight due to the previous month’s bill not being updated. Please click on the following link to pay the bill.”
If the victim clicks on the link in the SMS, he will be directed to either a contact or a website where he is asked to pay the pending electricity bill. Often people who were not aware of the scam entered their bank account information, and the money was directly debited from the account. In most cases, these callers pretended to be BSES officials and asked for bank account information.
According to Delhi Police, more than a thousand complaints about the electricity bill scam have been filed across the country.
As per the recent reports, the Delhi Police cybercrime unit has arrested 65 people for allegedly defrauding people through this electricity bill scam. According to reports, the majority of these Jamtara scams were carried out in Jharkhand, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Notably, the Jamtara gang is well known for defrauding people in various ways.