KATHMANDU, June 25: Police have urged the ordinary public to be aware of the increasing number of cases of fraud through various social media platforms.
Issuing a notice, the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) has warned people to be aware of scams and fraud-related activities being carried out through social media and urged them to inform them about such activities.
Superintendent of Police Shyam Kumar Mahatao at the CIB said cases related to meter interest, where loan sharks collect interest from an individual despite having paid more in interest than the total loan amount taken, not returning cheques or confiscated lands, tempting people through foreign employment and scamming people through phone, mail and social media in the name of lotteries are seen in the country.
According to the police, foreign nationals are also found cheating the public with false promises to take them to attractive destinations, helping them get married, making business partners or showing photos of boxes full of money in the name of social service and even sending fake audio-visual materials.
Such scammers are also found calling people, pretending to be someone close to them and ask for money through phone, withdraw money by asking mobile banking password and other bank details, and blackmail people threatening to upload pornographic photos and videos by making video calls on social media. Complaints against such activities have also been received by the police.
Stating that scams are taking place in Nepal by tempting people with cryptocurrency, the CIB has requested people to raise awareness about such unwanted activities and adopt awareness and avoid becoming victims of such unscrupulous activities.