Aadhaar SIM Scam: Woman Loses Rs.80 Lakh in Online Scam involving Aadhaar Card

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India is currently facing a surge in online scams, with individuals losing significant amounts of money to fraudsters. Scammers are constantly evolving their tactics to deceive people and steal their money. One recent case involved a woman from Chandigarh who fell victim to a sophisticated scam, losing Rs 80 lakh to fraudsters posing as Crime Branch officers. This case is particularly noteworthy because the scammers targeted the linkage between Aadhaar and SIM cards to threaten the victim.

Details of the Scam

According to a report by Tribune India, the victim, a resident of Sector 11, Chandigarh, received a call from an individual claiming to be a police officer from the Crime Branch in Mumbai. The caller asserted that a SIM card issued against her Aadhaar card was being used in illegal money laundering activities. To appear credible, the fraudster informed the victim that there were 24 money laundering complaints filed against her and threatened her with a possible arrest. Panicked and seeking to avoid legal trouble, the victim followed the caller’s instructions meticulously. This led to the victim depositing Rs 80 lakh into a specified bank account as part of an ongoing investigation, only to realize later that she had been duped.

Tips to Stay Safe from Online Scams

In light of this case and the increasing prevalence of online scams, it’s essential to be vigilant and take proactive measures to safeguard against fraudulent activities. Here are some essential tips to stay safe from such scams:

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1. Verify the Caller’s Identity: Always verify the identity of the caller and cross-check by calling the organization directly using a verified contact number.

2. Avoid Sharing Sensitive Information: Never share sensitive personal information like Aadhaar numbers, bank details, or OTPs over the phone.

3. Be Wary of Scare Tactics: Be cautious of calls that use scare tactics to force immediate action, as legitimate law enforcement agencies do not resort to threats of arrest over the phone.

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4. Seek a Second Opinion: If you receive a suspicious call, consult with family members, friends, or trusted sources before taking any action.

5. Report Suspicious Calls: Report any suspicious calls or messages to the police and your service provider immediately.

6. Use Official Channels: Use official channels such as government websites and helplines to verify any claims related to Aadhaar or other official documents.

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7. Stay Informed: Keep yourself updated about the latest scams and fraud techniques, as awareness is a powerful tool in preventing cybercrime.

Conclusion

The evolving nature of online scams in India underscores the importance of staying informed and taking proactive measures to protect oneself from fraudulent activities. By following these essential tips and remaining vigilant, individuals can reduce the risk of falling victim to online scams and financial losses.

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