Man arrested for defrauding citizen by impersonating Google official
Kolkata: A Man arrested for defrauding citizen by impersonating Google official, in detailed a man from Ghatal in West Midnapore was nabbed for a fraudulent scheme on Sunday. The accused, identified as Prasenjit Das Thakur, impersonated a Google official to dupe a citizen.
The victim, lured by the promise of lucrative returns on Google’s investments, fell prey to a sophisticated scam. Initially contacted on WhatsApp, the victim was lured to invest in the tech giant by liking certain YouTube videos. As the victim’s faith grew stronger, they submitted fake documents from Google asking him to join the Telegram group and invest Rs.30 lakhs. However, after the money was transferred, all communication suddenly stopped. Thakur, who was previously employed in the credit card division of a private bank, was tracked down and arrested, revealing a history of involvement in cyber fraud cases across seven states.
Preventing Cyber Fraud: Protection against Impersonation Fraud
To protect against the growing number of cyber frauds, especially those related to impersonation, people should be cautious and skeptical. Verify the legitimacy of unsolicited investment offers or messages claiming to be from reputable companies like Google.
Real organizations usually communicate through official channels, not through personal messaging apps. Implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA) adds additional security to online accounts, reducing the risk of unauthorized access. Additionally, maintaining awareness of common cyber fraud tactics and regularly updating antivirus software can strengthen defenses against evolving threats. Education is key; People should be aware of prevalent scams and report any suspicious activity immediately. Vigilance and informed decision-making are critical in the digital age to prevent falling victim to sophisticated cyber fraud schemes.