Following the Coronavirus-caused pandemic, many people have chosen to live a digital lifestyle. As a result, over the last year, the number of internet frauds has steadily increased. In the pretext of KYC verification, scammers continue to attempt to steal critical customer information such as payment data.
Airtel & VI Asks Customers To Be Cautious To Avoid Scam Messages Regarding KYC Verification
As a result, telecom companies such as VI (Vodafone Idea) and Airtel have sent out warning messages to clients to assist them avoid becoming victims of financial frauds.
Many Airtel, Vodafone, and even Jio customers have recently received spam mails requesting that they validate their KYC information.
The messages also provide a phone number that consumers must contact to verify their information.
Failure to do so will result in the termination of their mobile accounts. Although these messages contain potentially deadly warnings in order to entice unsuspecting users to click a link or contact a phone number, a scam message may be easily identified by its appearance.
The majority of these communications come from unknown numbers that have nothing to do with the telecom behemoths. The first clue of a fraudulent communication is this.
Second, the scam mails are typically badly written and feature several typographical errors.
Airtel has begun sending out warning messages to consumers, citing the proliferation of these types of spam texts in the wild.
“Airtel would never ask you details on your eKYC details/Aadhaar number, and neither never ask you to install any sort of app, and also never ask you to contact you from any mobile phone for Airtel number verification, or send you an SMS indicating your SIM has expired.
As per Airtel’s announcement, be wary of such calls/ SMS since they may lead to financial theft.
However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is putting out notifications informing consumers that this does not give a no-objection certificate (NOC) for the installation of towers.
So, if someone approaches you to sign a letter for the same, ignore them and, more importantly, don’t divulge too much personal information.
As a result, if you receive an SMS with a phone number or a link requesting you to verify your KYC information in the future, look for these signals first before proceeding. If you have any suspicions that the message is a fraud, remove it immediately from your device.