Ludhiana: In a new kind of online scam, the fraudsters are now trying to extort money from people by posing as Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) employees and asking them to pay the due bills. Several business associations have warned their members against this fraud after PSPCL issued a public notice regarding the same. Businessmen are also demanding that authorities take strict action against the people running this scam.
Giving more information about the scam, DS Chawla, president of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturers Association (UCPMA) said, “PSPCL has issued a public notice warning people against a scam in which some scamsters posing as PSPCL employees are calling the consumers and threating them that their power connection is going to be disconnected if they do not make immediate payment of certain amount. In case any innocent person falls into their trap and agrees to pay the money, the scamster then asks them to download some app. Once the app is downloaded they steal person’s sensitive information like online banking passwords, debit and credit card information etc using which they can steal money from person’s account. We have circulated the public notice of PSPCL amongst our members and asked them to not to fall prey to any such scam and either use the official mobile app or website of PSPCL to pay their bills or cash counters at department’s offices”
According to Dinesh Kalra, president of Ludhiana Business Forums, “Online frauds , phishing scams are increasing day by day and this scam posing as PSPCL staff is a new one but it can lead to several people becoming victims. We have therefore asked our members to remain cautious and also requested them to spread the message about this scam amongst others. However we also request PSPCL and Punjab police to identify the people who are behind this scam and take exemplary action against them”
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