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What to do when you receiving fictitious money offerings from abroad

You may have received e-mails about lottery winning, money circulation schemes, other fictitious offers of cheap funds, etc. most of the e-mails are related with lottery winning of a huge amount or an expensive car and if you reply to such e-mail you may be requested to send a certain per cent of winning amount as processing fees/ transaction fees/tax clearance charges/conversion charges, clearing fees, etc  (which will be a large sum) in their accounts in India(it will be withdrawn by them immediately ) and they disappear after remitting money and you become cheated.

It is observed that multiple accounts are being opened in the name of individuals or proprietary concerns, at different bank branches for collecting the transaction charges, etc by fraudsters.

Further e-mails asking Internet Banking Account details in the name of concerned banks are also employed by such fraudsters The Reserve Bank of India has stated that in addition to the typical modalities adopted in the past, the fraudsters have now resorted to issuing certificates, letters, circulars, etc., on letterhead that looks like that of the Reserve Bank of India’s and purportedly signed by its executives / senior officials to make such offers look genuine.

RBI cautions public not to open the mail or attachment and / or try to download it on their computer or provide their data on such links as it may lead to their data being compromised or it may result in identity theft.

Things to care:

  • Do not to open the mail or attachment and / or try to download it
  • Reserve Bank does not have any mail id with extension @rbi.com
  • Contact your bank to enquire about the e-mail/SMS (if the e-mail is about your bank account)
  •  Make a complain to Local Police/Cyber Crime Authorities
  • Mark it as SPAM

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