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Beware! Scam on the name of Jio is a new Cyber Miscreant in India


If you have received a message claiming to be sent by Reliance Jio about new offers along with services then be very careful. The popularity of Reliance Jio is a prime attraction for scammers to send phishing messages and lure users into downloading malicious apps. Recently, cybersecurity firm Symantec found 152 malicious Android apps being circulated online that claim to provide free data boosts for Jio customers. Here is everything you need to know about it.

A new SMS is being shared by miscreants which reads:

“Good News!! Jio is giving free 25GB Data Daily for 6-months Download app and register to activate offer link: **tiny URL**”

Note that this SMS is not sent by Reliance Jio and it is just a phishing scam.

There are even several YouTube videos related to this free recharge scam that claims Jio is giving a free recharge amount of Rs 399 for three months. Miscreants are trying to con unsuspecting mobile phone users by misusing Reliance Jio’s name. A Jio customer said he got a fake WhatsApp message promising to give ₹25 lakh for winning a ‘Jio lottery’

Reliance Industries Ltd had earlier issued a fraud alert against a letter that was circulating through fax. The letter even had forged signatures of Mukesh Ambani. The fake letter asked recipients to advertise in a business publication named ‘The Industrial World Business’.

Another Jio customer tweeted out a screenshot of the WhatsApp message he received. It had the logo of not just Jio, but also that of Airtel, Vodafone Idea and even Paytm. Giving out a lottery number, the fake message tries to dupe people by promising them that they have won a ₹25 lakh lottery.

Responding to all such instances: “Jio does not send such messages. All Jio offer related information is transparently available in your MyJio app or on Pls watch out for spam messages & scammers,” Reliance Jio said.

In July this year, closer to the Jio GigaFiber service launch, scammers started taking over the web with fake ‘activation request’ emails. Many users received emails from scammers promising to activate the broadband service with the “Gigafiber – Activation Request Received” subject line.

These were fake emails but were structured in a way that it looks authentic. The phishing emails also carried links to confirm the request and check for pricing and plans.

It asked customers to share their banking details in the name of confirmed Jio GigaFiber subscription. Reportedly, the scammers in these emails successfully replicated the message font colour and style that Jio uses normally.

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