A new online scam has surfaced where hackers trick people into downloading certain apps to steal their money.
A new online scam has emerged where hackers target smartphone users and ask them to download certain apps. India is not new to online scams, in fact every other day a new scam comes to light. And in most cases, authorities take immediate action to shut it down. However, hackers keep coming up with new ways to trick people and steal money from their bank accounts or steal their personal information for identity theft. It is very important to stay ahead of these hackers by knowing their shocking latest modus operandi which involves downloading remote access apps.
This new digital fraud was first reported by journalist Vishal Kumar of LiveHindustan.com. Sharing his own experiences, Kumar explained the details of this malicious attack by hackers and how he was nearly scammed into losing money from his bank account. Check out the details below.
New online scam in town, hackers using remote access apps
In this new online scam, hackers first send out mass text messages telling people that their SIM card documentation is incomplete and they must share their details or services will be disabled within 24 hours. In reality, it is just a fake message sent by hackers trying to scare people into downloading suspicious remote access apps that allow them to view your screen at all times.
A similar message was shared with Kumar which read, “Dear Customer, your Sl M Ducumment is pending. Please call our customer service at 8420962191. Immediately, your Sl M will be deactivated within 24 hours.” Note grammatical errors and spelling mistakes.
Intending to verify the source of the message, Kumar dialed the alleged customer service number and was connected to a person (hacker) who confirmed that he needed to complete his KYC procedure in order to continue using his card SIM. The hacker told Kumar to download a remote access application called Anydesk Remote Desktop. For the uninitiated, remote access apps allow anyone across town, even in another state in the country, to see your computer screen and use the PC to get there. do whatever she wants. They are after bank account number (if you are trying to pay through a UPI), OTP for payment transfers and more. This way hackers find out your bank details and try to transfer money to their account. When your bank sends an OTP to your device to authenticate, they can see the number and type the code on their end to empty your bank account. This online scam is extremely dangerous.
How to protect yourself from this online scam
Remember that any message sent by your network operator will not display a number but a code containing the operator’s initials. In addition, the message will not contain any grammar or spelling errors.
Additionally, only authorized representatives of the network operator are allowed to perform KYC procedures. And under no circumstances will they ask you to download anything. Above all, no bank will ever ask you for your bank account number, password or OTP number. If someone asks, remember they are scammers. So remember to ask for credentials and contact your customer service representative to confirm.