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73 people conned in TN in the name of SBI Rewards pts scam

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Chennai: In a shocking incident, a total of 73 people were conned by scamsters in the name of SBI Reward Points in the last two months.

A press release from Cyber Crime Wing Headquarters said the SBI Reward points scam has come to light following receipt of 73 complaints in the months of May and June.

It said cyber fraudsters have come up with a new modus operandi involving a scam where the fraudsters hack into victim’s mobile phones/devices and send fraudulent messages.

In recent incidents, hackers have used compromised Whats-App accounts to send fake messages about SBI Reward Points to various official and personal Whats-App groups.

The hackers may also change the existing group icons and names to “State Bank of India”, it said.

The fraudulent messages contain links for victims to update their bank details and redeem their SBI Reward Points which leads to monetary loss. Their compromised social media accounts are used to spread fraudulent messages, leading to financial loss and disrupted communication within their networks.

In the month of May and June 2024, 73 cyber complaints were received in National Cyber Crime Report Portal relating to this scam in Tamil Nadu.

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