WFH scams have been increasingly popular in recent months, with hundreds of people throughout the country falling victim and losing millions of dollars. Here’s how the scam, in this case, played out, resulting in the man losing Rs 70 lakh. On February 27, the victim received a WhatsApp contact from a woman promising him a job via the Internet where he could work from home. At first, the victim was asked to join a group on Telegram where he was assigned modest tasks for which he was paid. Read on to know the entire incident of the WhatsApp WFH scam :
Whatsapp WFH scam involving 70 lakhs
The victim was introduced to persons who earned a lot of money working from home. The young man was then presented to a woman named Raveena Kaur, who purported to work for a private travel business. The woman encouraged the victim to invest money in order to make a profit. The victim got Rs 10,000 after working for a while. Later, the accused enticed the man to invest more money to maximize his profits.
He received Rs 1,200 after registering for the job on a website. He then accomplished several jobs to earn Rs 10,000. Over the course of a few months, the accused acquired his confidence and convinced him to put down money for higher profits. The man put his faith in the accused and deposited Rs 69.9 lakh between February and May. The victim said that once the money was invested, he was not able to cash out it.
He stated that when he attempted to withdraw his earnings, he received a notification stating that because the amount he intended to withdraw exceeded Rs 2 lakh, he needed to post a security deposit equal to 50% of the whole amount.
Statement of the investigating officer
When he approached the station on Thursday IE 25 TH MAY, an FIR was filed at Cyber (east) police station in sections 419 (cheating by personation) & 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code against the accused, who are yet to be identified. “Following an initial investigation, authorities filed an FIR and formed teams to investigate the case.” “The accused will be arrested shortly,” remarked the officer in charge of investigating.
Actions by Whatsapp
To combat fraudulent calls and such WFH scams, the instant messaging app WhatsApp has banned up to 36 million cell connections. WhatsApp has announced that it has increased its artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities to drastically reduce false call instances. WhatsApp said, “Our new enforcement will reduce the current calling rate by at least 50%, so we expect to be ready to successfully manage the current incidence.” “We are going to keep working tirelessly to ensure that our users have a safe experience.
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