Mexico City Cyber Police alerted people to fraud made in buying and renting oxygen tanks online.
The unit noted that such crimes are committed through apocryphal pages that request the personal and banking data of people who are looking for an oxygen tank.
Oxygen tanks have been in high demand over the past few weeks due to the increase in COVID cases in the CDMX.
Faced with the need and desperation to get oxygen tanks for their relatives, many people do not check the virtual sites where they intend to make purchases.
According to the CDMX Citizen Security Crecy, the Cyber Police detected these cases thanks to various reports from social media users.
After digital monitoring, the authorities detected that through fake pages, market sites and social media sales groups, offers of oxygen equipment are made at low cost, which can be purchased just by making an electronic payment, however, after making deposit, the seller disappears and is not contacted again or blocks them.
Cyber Police even found that these fake pages use logos, colors, and typography similar to those used by recognized brands, inspiring confidence in users and stealing their personal information.
Your way of operating is through forms that people must fill in with personal, contact and bank card data.
To avoid falling victim to these frauds, the SSC-CDMX recommends to users:
Before purchasing any product online, validate the legality of the pages (verify that the URL of the website has the letter «s» at the end of the http, or the security padlock).
Do not make advance deposits to bank accounts that are suspicious or other than in the name of a company.
And do not give your card number, nip or security number, through the web pages.
In addition, the SSC recommends reviewing the seller’s profile, spelling and photographs of the products on offer; that the seller has a physical address, street, colony, mayor; RFC or registration number with health authorities. As well as searching for comments from other users. All this, before making the purchase.
«It is also important to avoid following links that are embedded in emails, and even more so if they reached the spam tray; don’t rely on pages that have pop-ups with non-primary content or eye-catching ads for so-called contests or prizes,» adds dependency.
In case of falling victim to such fraud, people should report it to any Public Prosecutor’s Office and if they detect any suspicious announcements, report it to the Cyber Police by email [email protected] or 5242 5100 ext. 5086.
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