Maharashtra: Scammers phish for victims in run-up to Covid vaccine rollout | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: Cyber criminals have sensed a new opportunity in Covid vaccination to defraud by fraudulently obtaining personal data. Reports have poured in of people receiving phishing emails and text messages with links seeking registration for vaccination.
The links lead to sites requiring individuals to enter personal details like Aadhaar number, PAN and bank details.
The Maharashtra police’s cyber cell has warned people against falling victim to such tricks and urged that only digital platforms developed by the government, such as vaccine.icmr.org.in, be trusted.
The public has also been warned against fake messages circulation on social media and chat apps.
“The fraudsters are targeting people in another way too, which especially targets senior citizens. The elderly are getting calls from the so-called ‘Drug Authority of India’ and are told that their vaccine allocation is ready. They are told that to avail of that, they need to share their Aadhaar number, etc, and also reveal OTP numbers they would receive on their phones. But within seconds, they would discover that money was fraudulently transferred from their accounts,” said cyber expert Ritesh Bhatia.
Maharashtra cyber cell joint commissioner of police Yashasvi Yadav said that the darknet is also being used to carry out Covid vaccine frauds.
“Ads are being published through this medium that the vaccine is supplied on a priority basis by making payments through bitcoins on the darknet. Lakhs of cyber attacks are taking place. Also attacks are being carried out on companies that are getting rights on Covid data and fraudster are trying to steal such data to sell it to rival companies. The Interpol has alerted agencies worldwide about the fraud.”

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