News Tech: Several persons in the city including junior police officials recently received a fraudulent message seeking digital gift cards ”urgently” in the name of Mumbai police commissioner, an official said on Friday.
The message asked the recipients to send 20 digital gift cards of e-commerce firm Amazon worth Rs 10,000 in total, the official said.
The unidentified person or persons sending WhatsApp messages used police commissioner Vivek Phansalkar’s photo as the display picture (DP), he said.
The city police has warned its officials not to fall for the fraud, he added.
The police have initiated an investigation in the case along with the cyber cell, he said, adding they were in the process of obtaining details of the mobile number used to send the WhatsApp message.
Earlier, similar messages had been sent in the name of an Additional Director General of Police (ADG) and a Superintendent of Police (SP), the official said. Gift cards allow its recipients to make purchases worth a particular amount from the vendor or firm which has issued them.
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