A 33-year-old man from the Navi Mumbai suburb of Koparkhairane has lost lakhs of rupees in a WhatsApp-based scam. The perpetrators lured him with the promise of huge profits through online tasks but ended up leaving him for dead. The victim’s ordeal began when he got a WhatsApp message from unidentified people claiming to provide him with a part-time job with online tasks. He was dazzled by the promise of huge earnings, so he went on this dangerous journey, unknowing that he was giving away his entire life savings. After depositing the huge amount into various bank accounts according to the instructions, the victim never got the promised money.
Law enforcement took swift action and registered a case against the fraudsters under Section 420 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for “Cheating and cheating to induce delivery of property”. To date, no arrest has been made in this case, and the victim is still dealing with the financial loss. The “online task” scam, which has been on the rise in recent years, targets victims by enticing them with the promise of substantial returns. Initially, victims are asked to complete basic tasks, like liking videos, in exchange for small payments. Subsequently, they are tricked into investing substantial sums of money, only to find themselves in the lurch.
33-year-old Man Loses Rs. 43 Lakh
This incident is similar to another case in Mumbai in which a 48-year-old resident of Kharghar lost almost Rs 18 lakh in a similar scam. The victim was lured by the promise of quick and easy money online. The scammers asked the victim to complete various online “asks”. Initially, the victim was promised small amounts of money. However, after transferring the money to several accounts, the victim lost Rs. 17,9 lakh. The Navi Mumbai cybercrime division registered the case of cheating based on the victim’s complaint. These cases highlight the need to increase awareness and alertness among the general public to avoid falling prey to these scams.
In another case, a 66-year-old Navi Mumbai resident lost Rs 17 lakh by succumbing to the “online task” scam while trying to earn money through these shady online activities. These disturbing incidents serve as a wake-up call that fraudsters are constantly evolving their tactics in the digital world. Both the authorities and the people need to stay alert and informed to foil the evil plans of those who want to take advantage of innocent people for money. Stick with our site for further news updates.