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Common Scams and Frauds 2017

Telemarketing Call

Do Not Call Registry - nccptrai.gov.in. For registering option using SMS, for 'fully blocked category', write "START 0" and send it to 1909. For 'partially blocked category', send SMS 'START' with one or multiple options from the list of seven categories. There are at present 7 preferences to choose from- Banking/Insurance/Financial Products/Credit Cards-1, Real Estate-2, Education-3, Health-4, Consumer goods and automobiles-5, Communication/Broadcasting/Entertainment/IT-6, Tourism-7.

Lottery Prize Fraud

The scammer tells you that you have won a prize or a competition but you have to pay a fee to receive it.

Banking Fraud

Pretended to be from your bank, trick you into giving out personal information such as your bank account numbers, passwords and credit card numbers.

Harassment Call

Supposed “tech support” companies calling and impersonating well know computer software companies. Often they'll tell you your computer has been infected with viruses.

Tax Fraud

The Income Tax Department does not request detailed personal information through e-mail & phone call.The Income Tax Department does not send e-mail / take phone call requesting your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.

Threatening call

Threats to life, arrest or other involve demands by scammers to pay money that you supposedly owe and threats if you do not cooperate.