New Delhi [India], January 3 (ANI): In the ever-evolving realm of cyber threats, the year 2023 witnessed an alarming surge in Work from Home (WFH) and part-time job scams, as reported by the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C), a unit under the Ministry of Home Affairs. Revealing these insights during the Annual Press Conference at the media center, CEO Rajesh Kumar shed light on the prevalent tactics employed by cybercriminals to target unsuspecting individuals.

Rising Threat of Work from Home (WFH) Scams

According to the I4C, WFH and part-time job scams dominated the cybercrime landscape, with scamsters strategically approaching potential victims through digital advertisements, online messenger channels, and bulk SMS. Rajesh Kumar, emphasizing the gravity of the situation, urged the public to exercise caution and avoid falling victim to such fraudulent schemes. Assuring proactive measures, he stated that authorities continuously work towards identifying and thwarting these fraudsters upon receiving reports.

Illegal Lending Apps: A Global Menace

Following closely behind WFH scams, illegal lending apps emerged as the second most prevalent tool employed by cybercriminals. These apps, often operating in countries like China, Cambodia, and Myanmar, have become a global menace. The Indian government, in collaboration with international counterparts, actively reports and takes action against cybercriminals involved in these illicit activities. CEO Rajesh Kumar highlighted that 595 suspicious apps engaging in dubious activities were successfully blocked, while 395 instant loan apps received whitelisting from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

The Third Wave: Customer Care Numbers and Android Malware

Unveiling the third largest source of cyber fraud, Kumar pointed to the misuse of Customer Care Numbers and Android malware. Scammers utilize fake customer care numbers or install Android malware to pilfer sensitive credentials, including One-Time Passwords (OTPs). The CEO further outlined that impersonation and sextortion tactics were widely employed by scamsters.

Sextortion Cases Underreported

While WFH scams took the lead in reported cyber fraud, Rajesh Kumar disclosed that sextortion activities were predominantly observed in Mewat. However, he acknowledged that such cases often go unreported due to various reasons. Despite the challenges, around 19,000 sextortion cases were reported in the past year, underscoring the urgency of addressing this growing threat.

In conclusion, the cyber threat landscape of 2023 underscores the need for heightened awareness and proactive measures to combat the evolving strategies of cybercriminals. As technology advances, so do the tactics employed by scammers, making it imperative for individuals and authorities alike to stay vigilant and collaborate in the fight against cybercrime.

Thanks & Regards – Seema Kanojiya

Digital Marketer

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