Tripura Cyber Crime police ask public to beware of online fraudsters and gives the guidelines to be followed to be safe from online crime

Praveen Samuel
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Tripura: The Tripura Cyber Crime Police have issued a notice to the public about possible cybercrime through OLX, Quikr, and other social media platforms. In the notice released by the Tripura cybercrime Police, it is stated that the general public is advised not to believe fake advertisements in OLX, Quikr, and other social media. Criminals posing as Army officials, the staff of uniformed services like CRPF, CISF, etc give advertisements to sell mobile phones, cars, bikes and electronic gadgets at cheap rates and extract money through Paytm and bank accounts by citing reasons as the advance amount and delivery charges, etc. They will send fake army identity cards and army photos and lure money from the victims.

The Cybercrime Police have given the precautionary measures that need to be taken to avoid being cheated. The precautionary measures that need to be taken are given. Never deposit money in unknown bank accounts/Paytm accounts before you actually see the products physically displayed in OLX/Quikr Ads. Verify the genuinity of the seller. Never believe the words of unknown persons over the phone. In case of vehicles check them physically. Offenders use photos of local vehicles and create fake documents and post the advertisements luring persons to deposit money. Beware of these ads. Do not go out of state to see the vehicles.

When you receive such low-cost offers of mobile phones, cars or electric gadgets verify the phone numbers of that person whether they belong to the concerned state or through Shaplus Caller info APP, etc and bank account IFSC code from the internet. Never make any payment while you communicate with strangers over SMS, WhatsApp unless you meet them physically before you sell or buy any product through OLX/Quikr. If you are shipping a product ensure you receive full payment before you actually ship the product. If someone is selling a product and asks you as a buyer to transfer some fraction of the asking price as a registration, do not fall into this trap. It is better to avoid the low cost offers made by persons from other states.

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