Hyderabad: With travel restrictions to other countries slowly easing, fraudsters have intensified their efforts to trap the gullible. One of the latest attempts is a message that is being circulated in the name of the National Medical Commission, apparently targeting students studying in foreign medical institutions.
As per the notice, students who commenced studying in foreign medical institutions on or after January 1 2019, need to get an eligibility certificate under the Indian Medical Council Act by December 31 this year. With several students getting confused over the notice and seeking clarity, the medical education regulator has stated that it did not issue any such notice.
The Press Information Bureau’s Fact-Checking wing too verified the notice and tweeted that the public notice being shared widely from September 24 was not issued by the NMC. The NMC is not the only government agency that is being targeted by cybercrooks.
The Central Income Tax Department too was recently forced to issue a public notice, pointing out that an employment advertisement from a fraudulent website posing to be from the Income Tax Department was cheating people. “If you receive any employment offer letters that seem to be from a doubtful source, always cross-check with official sources/websites,” the department said in a recent tweet, adding that it was the Staff Selection Commission that facilitates the recruitment process for the Income Tax Department. Notifications would be published on the SSC website, https://ssc.nic.in, and not on any other website.
The PIB Fact-Checking wing has also warned job aspirants about an appointment letter issued by the ‘Excise Ministry’, claiming that the applicant was appointed for the post of Field Distribution Officer, apart from asking for an application fee. This claim was fake, more so because there is no Excise Ministry itself under the Government of India!
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