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Government warns against phone scams, shares some common tips to stay protected – Times of India


In the digital era, phone scams have taken on a more sophisticated form, utilising advanced tools such as artificial intelligence (AI) to exploit unsuspecting individuals. CERT-In has revealed that these scammers infiltrate social media platforms, extracting photos, videos, and other personal information to craft convincing deep fakes, including realistic voice simulations.
For those unaware, CERT-In stands for Computer Emergency Response Team – India. It is a national nodal agency that responds to computer security incidents in India.
Common tricks used by scammers
Scammers use various tools like Al to plan and commit such frauds.
They use social media profiles and other websites to take videos, photos, and other information.
By using these information, they create realistic, deep fakes of a real voice and videos of people’s friends or family, make fake kidnappings, and make ransom calls seem legitimate for the sake of financial gain.
Sense of urgency is what ccammers try to create to push people in panic mode and take impulse decisions and end up paying them in different forms like gift cards, cryptocurrency, etc.
Tips to stay protected
Keep your profiles private, restricting access to personal information.
Accepting friend requests from unknown people can be dangerous. Avoid it.
Enhance the security of your social media accounts, especially concerning public visibility.
Exercise discretion when sharing videos, photos, status updates, and comments. The cumulative effect of such information can be revealing.
When faced with suspicious calls or messages, resist impulsive reactions. Verify the authenticity of the communication by directly contacting the person involved before divulging personal information or engaging in financial transactions.
Stay vigilant by regularly reviewing your bank transactions for any unusual or suspicious charges.
Familiarise yourself with common scams and promptly report cybercrimes. Dial 1930 or visit to report incidents and contribute to the fight against digital fraud.


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