Guwahati: If you are receiving emails or WhatsApp messages from your boss to buy E-gift vouchers then beware, it might be a trap, said Assam police criminal investigation department (CID).
In a latest advisory for public to alert them on cyber crimes, CID said that fraudsters posing as a company boss were trying to dupe many.
The investigation agency said that the fraudsters have been gathering available information about a particular organization, department and its employees from the official website or gain unauthorized access to contact list of a senior functionary.
Thereafter, the fraudster gets the name and picture of the senior officer, political executive, constitutional authority of that organization, department obtained from any websites, social media sites, email, messenger app etc., and uses them in order to dupe the subordinates.
“The fraudster starts sending emails or WhatsApp messages to selected subordinates from the list on the pretext that he is attending a very urgent meeting and is unable to make, take calls and hence, asking favour, from them to purchase Amazon E-gift cards for him or transfer funds by sending a link. Such messages will have the photo of the senior officer, authority as the DP,” the advisory said.
CID asked people not to fall prey to such emails or messages and confirm or verify such messages from the superior official before making any payment or purchase or clicking on the links.
In case receiving any such messages, CID has asked all to save the screenshots for subsequent investigation and also Report the number to WhatsApp directly by clicking on the ‘Report Option’ and file a complaint via cybercrime.gov.in by enclosing the screenshots.
CID added, “This modus operandi has recently happened by using the photos of a senior constitutional authority at New Delhi, chief minister of a northeastern state, chief secretary of a NE state, few senior IAS and IPS officers.