Malayalis who advertise on the OLX website are being targeted by fraudsters from north India. Many people have lost money through phone calls claiming that an army officer’s two-wheeler is for sale.
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Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala police have found that most of the victims of cyber fraud in the state are highly trained professionals and civil servants.
“Even after creating awareness, many people fall into the trap of cyber fraud. A total of 611 cyber cases have been registered in the state in 2022 alone. Most of them are related to online fraud,” the police said.
Malayalis who advertise on the OLX website are targeted by fraudsters from north India. Many people have lost money through phone calls claiming that an army officer’s two-wheeler is for sale.
According to the cyber police, many professionals, including doctors, teachers, senior airport officials, forget to take basic precautions in such transactions.
A retired civil servant from Thiruvananthapuram lost Rs 1,00,000 the other day. The money was found to be sent to the private bank account of an individual who is a native of Uttar Pradesh.
Earlier, there were also reports of fraudsters from Jamtara in Jharkhand learning Malayalam to do online scams.
The police also suspect that these people are behind masquerading as KSEB officials to send messages to people in Malayalam and loot huge sums of money.
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