Scammers are sending ‘Upgrade to Vi 5G’ messages
According to the report, cybercriminals are asking users to upgrade to 5G – via WhatsApp and text – by clicking on a link included in the message, to steal money from users’ bank accounts. The report highlighted that a link in several SMSes was linked to a Paytm account, revealing how scammers are spreading their web to steal money under the guise of 5G upgrade.
“Vi 5G network is live. Click on below link or call XXXXXX number to upgrade” read the message received by Vi users.
Remember that no one should click on the links included in these types of messages, as doing so may result in them losing their money or sensitive information such as bank account information or other sensitive information.
In October, a tweet from Mumbai Police Alerted consumers to a 5G scam in which scammers provided user conversion guidelines to 5G to trick consumers. According to a graphic included in a Mumbai police tweet, the scammers pose as executives of reputed phone service providers and promise to help users upgrade from 4G to 5G. The tweet mentions how fraudsters force victims to share their personal and banking information using suspicious links.
5G in India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially launched 5G services on October 1 after India’s 5G spectrum auction ended in August. Currently, Airtel offers 5G services in cities, incl Imphal, Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Shimla, LucknowHyderabad, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati, Gurgaon and Bangalore, among others. On the other hand, Jio has made 4G services available Some areas of Andhra Pradesh, All Districts of GujaratVaranasi, Mumbai, Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, PuneChennai, KochiAnd much more.