As we all know, social media platforms are gaining popularity with every other day passing by. It helps people connect and share information and is quite easy to use. With renowned platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter people stay in touch with each other across distances. It can be said that the whole world is at our fingertips all thanks to social media.
But we must know that everything has its pros and cons. Sometimes, while using social media we forget to make sure that we are using it responsibly. As a result, carelessness leads to major consequences.
A similar incident happened where a woman lost 64000 INR as she tweeted her train ticket details on Twitter.
A Mumbai woman tweets all her train ticket details on Twitter and became a victim of cybercrime losing Rs 64,000
A resident of Vile Parle Mumbai named MN Meena became a target of crazy cyber fraudsters. This horrific incident took place when she was complaining about her RAC ticket on IRCTC’s Twitter handle.
Reportedly, she was supposed to travel to Bhuj on January 14. Therefore, she booked 3 tickets on the IRCTC site. However, due to all seats being booked she got RAC (Reservation Against Cancellation) seats.
To get her tickets confirmed as soon as possible she posted the train ticket details and her mobile number on Twitter and asked IRCTC for further assistance.
After waiting for a while, she received a call that led to five fraudulent fund transfers. The defrauder introduced himself as an employee from the IRCTC and asked Meena’s son (who attended the call) to fill up their details on a shared link and pay Rs 2 to get their train ticket to Bhuj confirmed for 14th January.
Both Meena and her son believed that the call is genuine considering only a while back they tweeted their issue. However, it led to them losing a big amount of Rs 64,011.
Here is what Meena said in the FIR about the whole issue
While talking to the police Meena shared as we quote,
“My son believed the caller as the call was received sometime after the complaint was tweeted on IRCTC’s Twitter page. The caller claimed he was from IRCTC’s customer care and assured us of getting our ticket confirmed. The person asked to fill up in the details after clicking on a link sent on the mobile. Bank details and other information were filled in and uploaded. Later we found five transaction alerts on my mobile.”
She further added by stating,
“We had tweeted the complaint, thinking that if our RAC seats do not get confirmed, we would have to travel sitting which will be difficult.”
The police revealed that the fraudsters asked them to pay Rs 2 via UPI. Along with this, the phishing link that was shared by them stole the victim’s confidential details and the PIN and made them smoothly execute the whole cyber fraud. The officer said,
“They realized they were duped when they tried to call on the same number which was found switched off,”
That is why it is asked repeatedly to never share confidential details online with anyone.