Mumbai Police in a funny about thoughtful post on Instagram said that smartphone users are not bound to reply to all messages that they receive. The post by Mumbai Police was requesting people to follow Covid-19 prevention rules by not responding to messages like “Wanna Eat Outdoor?”, “Hey, Let’s meet”, etc from friends, colleagues and other close people. Making fun of these WhatsApp chats, Mumbai Police captioned the post by saying “Kyunki Har Message Ka Reply Dena Zaruri Nahin Hota Hai!” (You do not need to reply to all messages that you get).
While this post was entirely directed at preventing the spread of Covid-19 by avoiding meetups, it somehow has a deeper meaning too. Just because you have received a message or call from a stranger or some friendly bank executive talking for a new ‘get-rich scheme’ doesn’t mean you need to respond to them.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police Cybercrime has warned people against fraudulent links sent over WhatsApp. Delhi Police has asked internet users not to click on such links as well as forward them to others on WhatsApp. It says that the links have been flagged as malicious by multiple antivirus engines and have been blocked.
Delhi Police has also shared screenshots of some of the messages that a user may receive on WhatsApp. “Get 2 months of Amazon Premium Free anywhere in the world for 60 days. http://profilelist.xyz/?livestream” reads one such message.
“These messages have URLs/Links which are flagged as malicious by multiple antivirus engines. The Links have been blocked…. WARNING… Never click on such links. Never forward to others,” says the DCP Cybercime’s tweet.