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There’s a massive phishing scam going around. After their faces were superimposed with naked bodies on social media, people, particularly on Instagram, have paid lakhs of dollars to protect their reputation.

According to a story in The Indian Express, phishing assaults are growing more widespread, with the majority of them being carried out by an accused gang of scammers operating out of Bharatpur, Mathura, and Mewat in the tri-junction of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan. While there is no comprehensive data on the number of such incidents, police claim that their increasing regularity has earned the region the moniker “terrorist hotspot.”

What does report narrate about the case?

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The report tells the storey of Bhasin, who got an Instagram friend request. Afterwards, he received a Direct Message (DM) from a woman asking for his WhatsApp number. “I didn’t share that considering I didn’t know her personally. What was odd was that within a few minutes, she started making video calls on Instagram. Initially I ignored the calls but after seven or eight of those, I answered the phone,” he told The Indian Express. 

“On the other side was a naked woman performing obscene acts. It took me around 15 seconds to figure out what was going on. And then, I disconnected the call,” he added.

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Bhasin began receiving messages and phone calls from family and friends informing him of a ‘video’ they had received. “The scamsters had taken a picture of my face from the video call I had with them and superimposed it on someone else’s body. In the video they shared, it appears as if I am having a sex chat,” Bhasin said.

In Delhi’s Defence Colony, he filed a complaint with the local police station.

Three guys from Mewat were detained on July 4 by the Agra Cyber Police for reportedly engaging in different sorts of cybercrime, including making “nude video calls to blackmail individuals.” Bhasin was allegedly targeted by the same gang, according to police.

Messages, video calls, and blackmail are among the tactics used by a new phishing crime wave

It all started with a seemingly benign Instagram friend request. Soon after, there would be a video chat, which would set in motion a chain of events that would lead to Rohan Bhasin, 33, Assistant Vice President of a Delhi-based social media marketing agency, becoming the victim of a sophisticated cyber fraud.

While Bhasin was fortunate not to lose money in the fraud, authorities say similar phishing assaults are becoming more regular, the work of an alleged gang of scammers operating out of Bharatpur, Mathura, and Mewat in the tri-state area of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

While there is no consolidated data on the number of such attacks, police say their increasing frequency has earned the region the notoriety of being the ‘New Jamtara’, a reference to the place in Jharkhand that is known to be hub for similar digital frauds.

How to Spot Phishing Scams and Avoid Them?

Scammers use email or SMS messages to get you to provide personal information. They may attempt to steal passwords, account numbers, or Social Security numbers.

They could acquire access to your email, bank account, or other accounts if they obtain such information. Every day, scammers attempt thousands of phishing attacks like this, and they’re usually successful. In one year, consumers lost $57 million to phishing operations, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center.

Scammers change their tactics all the time, but there are several telltale indications that might help you spot a phishing email or text message.

How to Defend Yourself Against Phishing Attempts?

Many phishing emails may be blocked by your email spam filters. However, because scammers are constantly attempting to circumvent spam filters, it’s a good idea to add additional levels of security. Here are four things you can do right now to safeguard yourself from phishing scams.

1. Use security software to protect your PC.

2. Set your phone’s software to update automatically to keep it safe.

3. Use multi-factor authentication to secure your accounts.

4. Back up your data to keep it safe.

Also Read: Pune: Abducted from railway station; 13-year-old girl gang-raped by 7

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