Ghaziabad woman loses Rs 13 lakh in YouTube video liking scam


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As online scams continue to prey on unsuspecting victims, recent incidents underscore the need for vigilance in the digital realm. Despite efforts by the authorities and platforms like WhatsApp to curb such activities, people still fall victim to fraud.

In a recent case, Prachi Mathur, a resident of Ghaziabad, fell into the trap of scammers through text messages offering a seemingly easy way to earn extra income. He was promised payment for liking YouTube videos, with the scammers initially depositing small amounts into his account to build trust. This tactic is usually used to get victims to invest large sums of money by promising them even higher returns.

Mathur started liking the videos, earning Rs 50 for each, believing he had stumbled upon a legitimate opportunity. However, his confidence was exploited, and on 18 September, he was told that he needed to invest in ‘welfare work’ to receive his earnings and commission. Hoping to increase his income, Mathur first invested Rs 5,000, followed by a substantial investment of Rs 26,800. In total, he transferred Rs 13 lakh to the fraudsters.

After that, the law enforcement agencies have started investigating the matter. Kotwali ACP Nimesh Patel said that the police is working with the cyber cell to solve the problem.

To protect themselves from such scams, individuals are advised to exercise caution when dealing with online job opportunities and financial transactions. Searching for jobs through reputable job portals like LinkedIn, Naukri.com, or Indeed is recommended. For alternative sources of employment, thorough due diligence is essential. Verify the legitimacy of the offer by requesting details such as the name of the party making the offer and the name of the company. Simple online searches can often reveal whether a company exists or not.

Additionally, individuals should exercise caution when sharing personal information, ensuring that they do so only on trusted websites. Above all, never transfer money to an unfamiliar bank account and avoid sharing banking credentials, even with promises of lucrative returns. Vigilance is the best defense against online scams.

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