Diwali has arrived and with it the era of gifts, wishes and messages is about to begin. To make the most of this festive season, scammers have come up with a new way to dupe people through fake Diwali offers and messages. An advisory has been issued by the Cyber Security Team of the Government of India.
These messages can make you pauper
According to the advisory, some viral messages of Diwali wishes are targeting users to steal personal and banking details. The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) revealed that some of these Diwali messages have links with Chinese websites as the links to the viral messages use the .cn domain extension, while others use extensions such as .xyz and .top. We do.
Government issued advisory
As stated in an advisory by the government team, “Fake messages are circulating on various social media platforms (WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram etc.) which falsely claim to give free gift links and rewards to the users. The scam is mostly targeting women and is said to share links between peers on WhatsApp/Telegram/Instagram accounts.”
How the Diwali wish message scam works
Firstly a Diwali wish message containing a dangerous link, as soon as the victim clicks on that link, the victim is greeted with a fake website that imitates a popular brand. Then the victim takes details of his contacts, messages, call records to fill some personal details and get a special gift. The website asks the victim to share the message with some friends and their social media platforms to claim the special Diwali gift.
Ways to avoid such scams
To avoid this type of fraud, you should never share your banking details with anyone. Before opening any website, you should read the URL carefully and also keep an eye on suspicious extensions.