Police have appealed to the general public to be aware of people luring via social media with fake assurance and demanding money. Some people were demanding citizenship and passport documents on various pretexts, the police said, adding alertness is needed.
The Kathmandu Police has notified that banking fraud via digital medium was growing of late. Gangs of fraud were active in recent times- they were demanding information about bank balance, citizenship certificates, and passport documents before going to foreign employment and study.
The frauds were even posting advertisements on social networking sites about foreign employment opportunities and demanding money along with important personal documents. So, the time has come to stay aware of this, according to Senior Superintendent of Police, Dan Bahadur Karki. They were asking people to deposit money in the account of an unknown person and finally duping people.
SSP Karki further shared that the fraudsters were making new SIM cards of the phone number claiming the loss of the phone set, downloading the mobile App, and getting access to OPT code. It finally leads to the bank details of the person whose citizenship and passport document is collected. With the unauthorized and secret access to the OTP code, swindlers were drawing money via mobile banking without the knowledge of the victims.
“Ten years back, there were no such crimes. With the increased use of information technology, such new crimes are recorded. Police are receiving complaints on it of late,” Karki added.
The police strongly urged all to not share important informative documents via social networking sites and Apps with any unacquainted persons. Similarly, people are asked not to share the PIN of the e-banking facility.
Only legal mediums- the offices authorized and run by the government- should be trusted to share information and documents before going to foreign jobs and study, he added.