Online job scams have become increasingly common in India over the past few years, leading to a rise in the number of reported cases. While these scams primarily target individuals with low digital literacy, even young people in their 20s and 30s can fall victim to them. Recently, a woman from Noida experienced a significant loss of Rs 4.3 lakh due to a fraudulent job scam.
According to a report from Times Now, the woman, residing in Sector 61, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, fell victim to a part-time job offer scam on WhatsApp, resulting in the loss of Rs 4.3 lakh from her bank account. The scammers convinced her that the job involved liking, commenting, and sharing YouTube videos related to various e-commerce websites. Eventually, they connected her to a Telegram group where she was assigned tasks. Initially, the woman received payments for completing these tasks, which built her trust. However, when she was assigned a crucial task, she ended up losing Rs 4.38 lakh from her account.
The woman reported the fraudulent activity to the police station in Sector 58, Noida. This incident is not an isolated case, as cyber frauds have been prevalent across India. Recently, the Department of Telecom’s Sanchar Saathi website reported the banning of 36 lakh WhatsApp accounts in India due to such scams.
Another scam on WhatsApp involves receiving incoming calls from international numbers, including Ethiopia (+251), Malaysia (+60), Indonesia (+62), Kenya (+254), Vietnam (+84), and others. Answering such calls could lead to financial losses for the recipient. It’s important to note that an international number does not necessarily indicate that the caller is located outside India.
Some media reports have suggested that international numbers are sold by various agencies in India to individuals involved in scams. WhatsApp provides users with options to block and report suspicious numbers.