Maharashtra Cyber on Thursday issued a warning on fake websites which have been duping people using websites of well-known financial institutions and banks and offering them loans.
During the lockdown period, the department found that anti-social elements were creating fake websites, luring people with the promise of loans, and duping them.
According to information, a gang had been asking people to fill up forms or contact them, and to deposit some processing fees to clear loans, and later duped them.
Since many such cases came to light, the department has issued advisory asking people to verify logos and other details of financial institutions if they are applying for loans online.
People have also been asked to visit the nearest branches of banks before applying for loans to get proper information for their safety, and contact the local police immediately if they fall victim to cyber frauds, the official added.