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Mumbai police warns of fake vouchers being spread on WhatsApp

By Chennabasaveshwar

Mumbai, July 9: Mumbai Cyber Crime department has registered cases under IT act for circulating fake vouchers of popular brands on WhatsApp. The fake vouchers are shared to duped on the pretext of free goodies from popular brands.

Mumbai police warns of fake vouchers being spread on WhatsApp

According to Indian Express report, the Mumbai police have come across three three such cases over the past year.

In June, a forwarded message claimed to offer free goodies in the name of supermarket chain D-Mart. The message read, "D-Mart is giving FREE INR2500 shopping voucher to celebrate its 17th anniversary. Click here to get yours (link). Enjoy", said the police. "Upon clicking the link, personal details are sought. The post was shared widely on WhatsApp. If observed closely, in the website address, the alphabet 'i' is replaced by a similar looking alphabet," an officer told Indian Express.

People thronged several D-Mart outlets on receving the message. An FIR was registered at Powai police station on June 19 under sections of the Information Technology (IT) Act. An officer linked to the probe told, "We have found that the link originated from servers in Canada. Many people filled in their details on the link. Investigation is on."

In another message that was widely shared on WhatsApp in the name of Jet Airways and Adidas. Both Jet Airways and Adidas later tweeted that the message was fake.

Maharashtra Inspector General (cyber crime) Brijesh Singh said, "Normally, the accused use this modus operandi for something called 'credential harvesting'. The police advised people to stay away from such links.

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