As more people rely on online financial transactions, navigating internet scams has become a challenge. While some people fall victim to these frauds, the vast majority disregard them. On the other hand, one woman opted to mock the fraudster with her wit and sarcasm.

Here’s What Happened

Udita Pal, a co-founder of a new banking service on Twitter, made public a series of screenshots showing her discussion with a fraudster on WhatsApp.

Devikar from Mumbai posed himself as a recruiter at Taurus Capital Company Limited. He promised her a job in exchange for watching a YouTube video for 10 seconds, like it, and subscribing to the channel. The scammer then told her that she’d be given three more assignments.

Pal decided to play along, noting the fact that the number was not even from India. After liking and subscribing to the video, she was meant to send a screenshot. Instead, Pal sent a sarcastic screenshot of a YouTube video with the caption, “Caught some idiot trying to scam.”

The scammer responded by explaining that this was not their link. Pal responded by asking whether they would pay half of the promised money up front. The scammer claimed she needed to do the three jobs and that if she didn’t get paid, she could dislike the video and unsubscribe from the channel.

Pal then said, “We both know that you won’t pay the money and you are trying to scam, and you’re the 15th person, so why don’t you just apply to my company for cold sales?” 

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The “Rs. 50 Scam”  

The scam, often known as the “Rs. 50 scam,” provides fake job chances to people using networks such as WhatsApp, Facebook, and LinkedIn. To get paid, the scammers invite viewers to like and subscribe to YouTube videos. 

Scammers will sometimes pay a small sum to gain the trust of their victims. However, some trouble with money transfers develops invariably after that, and the scammers advise the victims to download an app for hassle-free money transfer. In reality, scammers utilise the software to obtain personal information from victims and defraud them of their money.  

Reactions From Netizens 

“I’m flooded with these texts, kya chal raha hai?,” posted a Twitter user. “I received that too,” shared another. “Although I haven’t gotten any dm yet, I’ve been getting calls from US based numbers on WhatsApp too… idk what happened,” expressed a third. 

“The part where you’re like, ‘Sir come back, I’ll like the video,” commented a fourth user. “I have already gotten these scam messages 2-3 times. Wonder how they are getting my number,” wrote the fifth user. 

Significantly, these scams have become a daily occurrence, however, the best thing to do would be to ignore or reject such calls. You can also block and report the numbers, so that you do not keep getting fraudulent calls or messages from them.

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Feature image designed by Saudamini Seth

Sources: SheThePeople.TV, Hindustan Times, The Quint

Find the blogger: Palak Dogra 

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