With IMPS/UPI and Wallet to Wallet transfers, sending money to someone is a simple and easy process. However, there are a few precautions that could help you enjoy the speed and convenience of these methods safely and securely. Read them below.
- In case you receive a call from someone requesting money citing some emergency, be extremely wary, this person might be a fraudster. Always verify these requests by calling the original person (on the number you have) and confirm if the request is indeed genuine
- DO NOT fall prey to fake and lucrative offers of people selling mobiles and devices at extremely low prices and requesting money to be sent via UPI, Wallet or Bank
- Double check the bank account number or the VPA address you are sending money to. You should also verify beneficiary name in case of UPI to ensure you are sending money to right person
- Double check the pay or send money requests you get via UPI and make sure you only accept those which have been initiated by you OR by a known person.
Remember, these devices are designed to look like a standard part of the terminal. They can be attached to the ATM rain cover, the card entry slot or in the form of a brochure holder has been placed on the side of the ATM machine wall. There is also a chance of a skimmer plate being placed over the top of the original keyboard as a method of PIN capturing.
6 simple steps to help you avoid ATM machine fraud:
- Look around the ATM machine for places where a camera could be hidden.
- Take a close look at the ATM keypad. If the keypad looks thicker than usual, there is a chance there is a fake overlay on top of it.
- Look across the entire ATM machine for parts that don’t match in styling, color or material.
- Try to jiggle the card reader. If it moves, you should use another ATM
- Always use your hand to shield your PIN when entering it
- Only use ATMs with 24x7 security