Remain cautious against fraudsters impersonating as govt officers: IGP Kashmir

Remain cautious against fraudsters impersonating as govt officers: IGP Kashmir
IGP Vijay Kumar File/GK

Srinagar, June 22: Inspector General of Police, Kashmir zone, Vijay Kumar on Wednesday advised general public to remain cautious against fraudsters who procure photo of the government officers from open-source internet and create whatsapp account on virtual number or on fake SIM card.

“General public is advised to remain #cautious and follow #precautionary measures to deal with #fraudsters using fake #WhatsApp display picture to impersonate as high profile Government officers or dignitaries: IGP Kashmir@JmuKmrPolice,” IGP Kashmir said in a tweet.

The IGP in a tweet also shared fake WhatsApp Display Picture(DP) advisory issued by Cyber police Kashmir regarding impersonating of fraudsters as high profile Government Officers or Dignitaries.

The modus operandi of fraudster, the advisory states is that the fraudsters procure photo of the government officers from open source internet and create whatsapp account on virtual number or on fake SIM card. They upload Government Officer’s photo as display picture on the whatsapp number and sends message to people demanding financial or administrative favours, reads the advisory.

Police asked people not to reply to the messages received from unknown Whatsapp users, transfer money or purchase online gift vouchers or share banking details like Credit card/Debit Card , OTP, CW No. or any password. People have also been advised against installing any remote access app or click on any suspicious link. They have been advised also to secure whatsapp account by enabling two factor verification available in whatsapp settings.

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