Scam Alert! Noida woman duped for Rs 4.3 lakh after she falls for WhatsApp part-time job offer scam
A woman residing in Noida was asked to like YouTube videos in order to make some money, and she fell for the scam.
In the last couple of months, there have been several reported cases of people being duped of money after receiving a ‘part-time job offer’ via WhatsApp. Amid the rising cases of such scams, the government has also taken action recently. Such scams give everyone a lesson that we should all be careful with whom we interact online because we can lose our money.
In another such incident, a woman living in Noida recently lost Rs 4.3 lakh after she was asked to like YouTube videos to earn money. As per a report in Times Now, a woman living in Noida’s Sector 61 got a ‘part-time job offer’ on WhatsApp and she was asked to like, comment and share YouTube videos of different e-commerce websites. The scammers used a Telegram group to assign her certain tasks. Initially, the woman was paid some money to get her trust, but she was next approached for a ‘prime task’ and she lost Rs 4.38 lakh in the process.
While a case against the cyber fraud has been registered at Sector 58 Noida police station, the government has time and again warned everyone about the scams being carried out through WhatsApp. Also, fraudulent video as well as voice calls from international numbers have also been on a rise.
Government taking steps in to stop WhatsApp scams
With the rising magnitude of the scams has grown, the Indian government has ordered WhatsApp to block accounts engaged in fraudulent activities.
Union telecom minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, during the launch of the Department of Telecom’s Sanchar Saathi website, recently mentioned that around 36 lakh WhatsApp accounts have been banned in India. Earlier, WhatsApp too asked users to block and report suspicious calls.
A WhatsApp spokesperson, in a statement, had stated, “Blocking and Reporting suspicious messages/ calls is an important step to effectively combat scams and when users receive calls from unknown international or domestic phone numbers, WhatsApp provides a convenient way to block and report suspicious accounts. It’s important to report these accounts to WhatsApp so that we can take the required action against and ban them from the platform. Users can also control who sees their personal details and their online presence by using our privacy controls. Keeping your personal details visible to only your contacts can help safeguard your account against bad actors.”