The Cyber Police of Mexico City alerted the population about fraud made in the purchase and rental of oxygen tanks online.
The agency pointed out that these types of crimes are committed through apocryphal pages that request the personal and banking data of people who are in search of an oxygen tank.
Oxygen tanks have been in high demand in recent weeks due to the increase in COVID cases in CDMX.
Faced with the need and desperation to get oxygen tanks for their relatives, many people do not verify the virtual sites where they intend to make purchases.
According to the Secretariat of Citizen Security of the CDMX, the Cyber Police detected these cases thanks to various reports from users of social networks.
After a digital monitoring, the authorities detected that through false pages, market sites and sales groups on social networks, offers of low-cost oxygen equipment are made, which can be acquired by simply making an electronic payment, however, after making a deposit, the seller disappears and the buyer is not contacted or blocked.
The Cyber Police even detected that these fake pages use logos, colors and typography similar to those used by recognized brands, thereby inspiring confidence in users and managing to steal their personal information.
Its way of operating is through forms that people must fill out with personal data, contact information and bank cards.
To avoid being a victim of these frauds, the SSC-CDMX recommends that users:
- Before purchasing any product online, validate the legality of the pages (verify that the URL of the web page has the letter “s” at the end of the http, or the security lock).
- Do not make advance deposits to suspicious bank accounts or that are not in the name of a company.
- And do not give your card number, PIN or security, through the web pages.
Additionally, the SSC recommends reviewing the seller’s profile, spelling and photographs of the products on offer; that the seller has a physical address, street, neighborhood, mayor’s office; with an RFC or registration number with the health authorities. As well as looking for the comments of other users. All this, before making the purchase.
“It is also important to avoid following links that are embedded in emails, and even more so if they reached the spam tray; do not trust pages that have pop-up windows with content unrelated to the main one or with flashy advertisements of supposed contests or prizes ”, adds the agency.
In case of being a victim of this type of fraud, people must report it to any Public Ministry and if they detect any suspicious advertisement, report it to the Cyber Police by email [email protected] or by phone 5242 5100 ext. 5086.