Beware of rent payment apps, DGP tells tenants

Beware of rent payment apps, DGP tells tenants

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 29

‘Verify Credentials Of Applications’

  • An advisory has been issued requesting citizens to verify credentials of rent payment apps before initiating any online payment as cyber fraudsters may try to siphon off funds from bank accounts using these platforms.
  • The rent payment apps such as NoBroker Pay, CRED and RentPayment allow tenants to pay rent online to the landlord using credit or debit card by charging convenience fee.
  • The citizens must pay close attention to every detail of online payment to protect themselves from scamsters

The Haryana Police have issued an advisory requesting citizens to verify credentials of rent payment apps before initiating any online payment as cyber fraudsters may try to siphon off funds from bank accounts using these platforms.

Director General of Police (DGP) Manoj Yadava said a new trend of cyber crime came to the fore after mobile apps facilitated rent transfer using credit and debit cards. The rent payment apps such as NoBroker Pay, CRED and RentPayment allow tenants to pay rent online to the landlord using credit or debit card by charging convenience fee.

“As rent is probably one of the biggest expenses borne by individuals every month, the citizens must pay close attention to every detail of online payment to protect themselves from scamsters,” he added.

On the modus operandi, the DGP said, “First, fraudsters create an account on a rent payment app and register themselves as landlords with their account number. Then, they call tenants and trick them to provide their card details. As soon as the fraudsters get the details, they initiate the rent payment process through the app and siphoning off the money.”

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