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Bengaluru: Traffic violation fine, cyber fraudster uses Whatsapp to dupe people

Mangalore Cyber Crime Seemingly on the Rise
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Bengaluru: Motorists who have to pay fines for violating traffic rules, beware. A network of cyber fraudsters is active in sending messages asking them to pay the fine through WhatsApp.

An incident to this tune was reported from Bengaluru. A person’s car was recently fined for violating traffic rules. A few days ago, the man received a WhatsApp message with a photo saying that your car has been fined for traffic violations and was asked, “Is this your car? For which he has replied in the affirmative. He then charged Rs. 800 on the car. They told him there is a fine and a link has also been sent to make the payment immediately. The case will be settled after the fine is paid, the fraudster had added.

Suspecting this to be a fraud, the man checked the unknown number through Truecaller and found it to be ‘Shaket Lawyer’. Further, the man tweeted the news tagging the traffic police and asking, “Is this real?

Responding to this, K. R. Pura Traffic Police said, “Beware that there are fraudsters. The traffic police will not send a message to anyone through WhatsApp about the fine payment. If someone sends a message with a link like that, it is cyber fraudsters. Therefore, motorists/public should not believe that they would be sent an unknown message through WhatsApp or other means by the Traffic Police department for payment of fines.

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