In a post shared on microblogging site Twitter, Cyber Dost is asking citizens to beware of such websites giving absurdly high discounts on goods. It further asks users to avoid any financial transactions on these websites. This is because entering any personal or banking details on these fraudulent websites may result in identity theft or loss of money.
“Be cyber safe in festive season: Beware of e-commerce websites and advertisements selling items at highly discounted prices. If website seems doubtful, avoid any transaction,” reads the post by the official Twitter handle of Cyber Dost.
Be cyber safe in festive season: Beware of e-commerce websites and advertisements selling items at highly discount… https://t.co/ucuifqIeeu
— Cyber Dost (@Cyberdost) 1605264707000
Earlier this month, the cyber safety handle shared four tips for social media users that can help them secure their accounts and avoid online frauds. It requested citizens to check their social media account settings like security, visibility and privacy periodically. Before accepting a friend request on social media, one must verify the credentials. Also, one should be vigilant while posting personal pictures/activities ‘publically’, as they could be misused. Lastly, a user should use two-factor authentication for accessing their social media account. Securing the account through OTP on mobile or email can help avoid unauthorised access.