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Companies caution people for online frauds

Criminals come in variety of forms and they have taken their latest avatar in cyber world with expertise in identity theft, cheating, and viruses against which both public and private companies are issuing caution notices for online frauds.

Axis Bank, DAIMLER, Jindal Steel & Power, ICICI and Life Insurance Corporation of India have issued notices in newspapers against unsolicited commercial communications, cautioning the general public and seeking their urgent attention.

“It has come to our notice that certain individuals or parties without the knowledge or authorization of LIC of India have been making unsolicited commercial calls, sending SMS and/or spurious emails to our Policyholders and also to the members of the public, purportedly on behalf of LIC,” says an ad issued in public interest.

ICICI’s public notice reads: “Certain individuals or entities, without the knowledge and authorization of ICICI Banks, have been making unsolicited calls to the Bank’s customers and members of the public offering financial products and services, including credit cards and personal loans.”

While Jindal Steel & Power say in their disclaimer that fraudulent persons are making in their name false and fake job offers and are soliciting job applications requiring the job seekers to pay processing fees, Axis Bank informs that it does not engage unregistered telemarketers for marketing products or services.

Fraud persons are misleading the general public by fictitiously posing as recruitment agencies and sending fake emails to potential job-seekers luring them with job offers and appointment letters, cautions DAIMLER India in its notice. Police are already investigating a job racket in fake Maruti mails.

So when you are online, stay alert, cautious, smart and secure. Keep away from a wild world. Don’t blindly click links that you see online — on email, searches or networking sites. You must also raise eyebrows when you get directed to an altogether unexpected site that you did not intend to visit.