The challan system used by police is the new deception used by hackers and fraudsters to fool people.
Fraudsters are using messages that claim that the vehicle owner has broken certain traffic norms and has a traffic challan that needs to be paid online through the link shared. There are various targets that have received the fraudulent message with the links to pay the fine.
District police has entered the scene and is investigating with the cyber cell to trace the criminal. Various people who received the message and contacted the traffic police about it have cam to know that their is no challan on their name and it’s just a scam.
The fraudsters have also added a fake link https://echallanparivahan.in to pay fine of Rs 500 online. While the actual website is https://echallan.parivahan.gov.in. Research reports that their are people who have fallen into this trap and have paid the fine through the fake link mentioned above.
A clipping from local paper is shared below:
According to sources, the attackers are getting details and contact numbers of vehicle owners from mobile phone applications. The fraudsters are sending messages to contact numbers with vehicle numbers as well which makes the message looks more authentic.
Commissioner of police Rakesh Agrawal said, “People are reportedly making payment against challans, which have not even been issued to them. It is believed fraudsters have managed to get original vehicle registration numbers from some service agency. The cyber cell of the police has already started investigation in these cases. The police will soon trace the accused and block the fake website address.”
NPAV recommends users to always remain aware of official government sites and strictly use them. The information on fake sites can misguide you and the payments made through them never reach the government, you will only fund future cyber attacks by paying through fake sites.
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