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HyderabadCyber crooks now hooked on ‘spoofing’

Cyber crooks now hooked on ‘spoofing’

Published: 4th Oct 2021 12:16 am

Hyderabad: Staying updated is becoming the motto for criminals too, if the methods being adopted by credit card fraudsters are considered.

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After using wireless skimmers to steal card details, this tribe is now using spoofing techniques to produce proxy Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. This is proving to be a task for the police, who often find themselves on a wild goose chase with fake IP addresses.

According to Cybercrime officials, there were several cases of credit card frauds being reported with the Cybercrime police in the capital region regularly.

“Cheating occurs mostly at crowded places like petrol pumps, restaurants and shopping malls and during online use of cards. The details of the cards are stolen. They are using skimmers to copy card data when the card is handed over to them,” a Hyderabad Cybercrime Cell official said, adding that the data was then used for online shopping and online purchase of tickets or coupons.

In some cases, the suspects used credit card details for buying domestic air tickets after using spoofing techniques so that the IP address was not easily traced. The spoofing, when the cops tried to track the IP address, would show the address as being in another country, even though the fraudster would very much be here. Mostly, the Aadhaar card and other identity proofs used too would be fake.

Cybercrime officials have advised extreme caution while using credit cards at public places.

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