A new online scam has emerged where hackers scare people into downloading apps to steal their money.
A new online scam has emerged where hackers target smartphone users and ask them to download some apps. India is not new to online scams, in fact, a new scam is exposed every other day. And in most cases, authorities take immediate action to shut it down. However, hackers continue to devise new ways to trick people into stealing money from their bank accounts, or stealing their personal information for identity theft. It is very important to stay ahead of these hackers by knowing their latest shocking modus operandi which involves downloading remote access apps.
This new sirbptial fraud was the first reported by journalist Vishal Kumar of LiveHindustan.com. Kumar shared his own experience, delving deeper into the details of this malicious hacker attack and how he was nearly scammed into losing money from his bank account. Find out the details below.
New online scam in town, hackers using remote access apps
In this new online scam, hackers first send massive text messages telling people that their SIM card documentation is incomplete and that they must share their details or else the services will be deactivated within 24 hours. In reality, this 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 S l M Ducumment is pending. Please call our Customer Service 8420962191. Your S l M will be deactivated immediately within 24 hours.” Note the grammatical and spelling mistakes.
In order to verify the source of the message, Kumar called the alleged customer service number and was put through to a person (hacker) who confirmed that he must complete his KYC procedure in order to continue using his SIM card. The hacker told Kumar to download a remote access app called Anydesk Remote Desktop. For the uninitiated, remote access apps can allow anyone across town, even another state in the country, to view your computer screen and use the PC to do everything with it. They are behind bank account number (if you are trying to pay through a UPI), OTP for payment transfers and more. In this way, hackers find out about your bank details and try to transfer money to their account. When your bank sends an OTP to your device to verify, they can see the number and type the code at the end to clear your bank account. This online scam is extremely dangerous.
How To Protect Yourself From These Online Scams
Please note that every message sent by your network operator will not display a number, but a code with the operator’s initials. Furthermore, the message contains no grammatical or spelling errors.
Furthermore, only authorized representatives of the network provider are allowed to perform KYC procedures. And under no circumstances will they ever ask you to download anything. In addition, no bank will ever ask for your bank account number, password or OTP number. If anyone asks for this, remember that they are fraudsters. So always remember to ask for login details and contact your customer service representative to confirm.