E-Challan Scam Alert: Authorities have issued a new warning against internet scams after learning that fraudsters were defrauding people out of their money by using bogus Traffic Police invoices. The Information Security Awareness (ISEA) by MeitY put out the bogus e-challan scam alert. Authorities issued a fresh scam alert for everyone, warning them to “Beware!”, in an understandable image that was uploaded on X (previously Twitter). “Don’t open any links you receive that are for traffic tickets.”
ISEA Issues Strong Warning Against Fake E-Challan Scam
It added, “Don’t Fall for the Fake E-Challan Scam! Your Safety is Your Responsibility.” The article on X also included a warning about the dangers of following these phoney links. It explained, “As clicking on these links for payment, fraudsters can hack your account.” A helpful sample of this e-challan message was provided by ISEA, which read: “Your challan No. is 348915784195032 for PB08DJ8182 with a total challan sum of Rs. 500. Visit https:// echallanparivahan.in/ to make a challan payment online. You can also get in touch with the RTO office to get your challan disposed of. Regards, RTO.”
Unmasking Bogus Links in E-Challan Scam
In actuality, this was a bogus link where those who weren’t aware of fraud may have their bank accounts compromised! The genuine link too was provided and this was: https://echallan.parivahan.gov.in/. If you do receive such scam mails, keep in mind to exercise extreme caution and double-check the URL you are clicking on. If done correctly, a quick Google search will yield all the information you need.
DCP HQ and Cyber Crime Officer Expose Fake E-Challan Scam
The Times of India was informed about the scam by DCP HQ and Cyber Crime Officer Hemendra Kumar Meena, who also alerted the general public to the dissemination of fake e-challan links online. These links are being given via text messages to the general public and seem to be authentic materials from the Traffic Police. The visitor will be directed to a false e-challan page, thus the truth is far from that. The user will next be prompted to enter their banking information on these links in order to complete the transaction. Those who do so will have had their bank accounts compromised. People should be on the lookout for 2 things: the existence of “gov.in” in the URL, which indicates that it is a government website, and the presence of crucial car information like engine and chassis numbers.