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A large number of 5G network link scams appear in India

India is the second largest smartphone market in the world. However, it’s not the fastest when it comes to adopting a new network. The 5G network has been active since late 2019. Although 5G smartphones are selling out in India, there has been no active 5G connection. A few days ago, India officially launched the 5G network with its three main carriers. However, most 5G smartphones cannot connect to the network. Indeed, smartphones will need a 5G OTA update from the manufacturer. There is now a preponderance of 5G related scams in India.

5G Network Scam in India

The Bombay Police in India has issued a warning about 5G-related scams. Scammers trick users by offering instructions to upgrade to 5G connectivity. Earlier, Hyderabad and Gurugram police also warned users about similar scams. After India launched 5G services on October 1, the network is being rolled out slowly in stages. The next generation of mobile networks brings many upgrades. However, this seems to create new opportunities for scammers. A tweet from the Mumbai Police has alerted users to a new scam. Scammers deceive customers by giving them a guide to upgrade to 5G. Police warn that users should not share any personal or banking information. Moreover, it is risky to click on a strange link.

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Internet scammers are sending links in the name of 5G. If the user opens the link, there is a risk of hackers attacking the phone. Users are in danger if they are not vigilant. “By sending a link to upgrade from 4G to 5G SIM, the account balance is cleared. These links are sent on behalf of the respective telecom operators.”

Reports show scammers pretending to be executives of major telecommunications companies tricking people into switching to 5G SIM cards. However, in the process, they send the user an OTP (one-time password) or link, which can potentially lead to further intrusions into the user’s device or bank account.