A cyber fraudster duped a 47-year-old marketing company employee in Mumbai out of ₹1.33 crore by promising high earnings for watching and liking YouTube videos.
What Happened? Per a MoneyControl report, between January and March 2023, the victim transferred money to 25 different accounts as per the fraudster’s instructions.
The fraudster asked the man to join a Telegram group, where he would receive tasks to complete and earn money. Trusting the fraudster’s claims, the man joined the group. The victim initially received a WhatsApp message offering a part-time job with daily earnings between ₹5,000 and ₹7,000.
The sender explained that the man would watch, like, and screenshot YouTube videos and send the screenshots to the WhatsApp number provided.
The victim paid ₹5,000 as registration and other fees and then received a YouTube video link and followed the instructions. He also received ₹10,000 in his account, according to a police officer in the western region of the city.
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The fraudster instructed the man to deposit money as an investment and assigned various tasks, assuring him of significant profits upon task completion. When the victim requested a refund, the fraudster accused him of not performing the tasks correctly and demanded more money. The victim then filed a case.
The police investigation revealed that the victim sent money to 25 different accounts associated with fake companies.
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