Indian Rail Passenger Ticketing Platform Warns of Online Fraud

Travel-Themed ScamThe Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), described as “a popular platform used by a significant number of Indians for booking train tickets,” has cautioned users about a malicious Android application that’s being used to commit fraud against railway passengers.

The application, "irctcconnect [dot] apk," is being distributed over messaging apps, including WhatsApp and Telegram. It takes those who fall for it to a phishing website, "https://irctc.creditmobile [dot] site."

“The warning issued by IRCTC states that the ‘irctcconnect [dot] apk’ application can potentially infect mobile devices. Fraudsters are circulating a phishing link on a mass level, falsely impersonating IRCTC officials to lure unsuspecting users into downloading the application. Their aim is to obtain sensitive net banking credentials, including UPI details and credit/debit card information, from victims who fall prey to the phishing attack,” the Hindustan Times reports.

The IRCTC naturally advises people to stay clear of the malicious app, and they offer advice and assurances that are as familiar as they are sound. “Furthermore, the warning emphasized that IRCTC will never request personal identification information, such as PINs, OTPs, credit card numbers, bank account numbers (ABAL), or UPI, from its customers over the phone.”

This is the sort of social engineering approach against which new school security awareness training can help protect your people. Habits of skepticism and sound practices are an essential part of any organization’s defenses.

The Hindustan Times has the story.

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