Telecom Ministry's advisory for safe online transactions

With an exponential rise in online transactions via mobile phones, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has put out an advisory promoting ‘safe and best practices. With rising online transactions, risks of falling into fraudsters' traps have become a major cause of concern for the end user. As a preventive measure, the advisory intends to make citizens aware by asking them not to scan any 'QR' code shared by anyone, unless the objective is to pay.

Think before you click any link as banks never send links to update KYC. Do not share confidential data such as 'OTP', 'CVV', 'PIN' with anyone, including bank officials, the advisory said. The advisory also urged the citizens not to install any remote access application on their devices.