Mumbai Marketer's Million-Rupee Mistake: YouTube Scam Costs Man To Lose ₹1.33 Cr

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.

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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.

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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