While the glitz and glamour of celebrity life often overshadow the harsh realities, it's easy to forget that celebrities, like us, are susceptible to the perils of online fraud. Over the years, several Indian celebrities have fallen victim to scams, losing substantial amounts of money. If you’re keen to delve into the myriad of scams that have ensnared some of India's most beloved celebrities, you’re at the right place.
The Lure of Double Returns: Akshaye Khanna, a renowned Bollywood actor, was duped of a staggering ₹50 lakh in October 2013 by a couple promising to double his investment within a year. The allure of lucrative returns blinded Khanna to the fraudulent nature of the scheme, leading to a substantial financial loss.
The Investment Fraud Alert: Virender Sehwag, a former India cricketer, took to Twitter in February 2022 to alert about a fraud committed by a SEBI registered person, Pritam Deuskar, who allegedly duped several innocent retail investors. The public disclosure by Sehwag brings to light the effectiveness of celebrity influence in drawing attention to fraudulent activities.
Nargis Fakhri and Dalljiet Kaur
The Deceptive Cloning: Nargis Fakhri and Dalljiet Kaur, both eminent personalities in the entertainment industry, experienced the horrors of card cloning. Fakhri lost ₹6 lakh in August 2016, while Kaur incurred a loss of ₹50,000 in April 2017, highlighting the pressing need for enhanced security measures and public awareness regarding such deceptive practices.
The Malfunctioning ATM: Swara Bhaskar, a vocal and influential actress, fell victim to ATM fraud in September 2015, losing ₹20,000 after attempting to withdraw cash from a malfunctioning ATM, a stark reminder of the vulnerabilities that exist even in seemingly mundane activities.
Karan Singh Grover
The Online Lottery Trap: Karan Singh Grover in 2015 found himself ensnared in an online lottery scam, losing ₹5.6 lakh after paying processing fees to claim a supposed winning prize. This incident underscores the importance of vigilance and scepticism in dealing with too-good-to-be-true offers.
The Credit Card Conundrum: Sunita Gowariker, a former model, air hostess, and producer, and wife of Bollywood director Ashutosh Gowariker, found herself ensnared in a credit card scam, losing more than ₹1 lakh in August 2016. The incident underscores the vulnerabilities associated with online transactions and the importance of safeguarding sensitive information. The immediate action taken by Sunita in reporting the fraudulent transaction highlights the need for prompt response in such situations to facilitate investigation and resolution.
The KYC Deception: Annu Kapoor, a respected actor in the film industry, suffered a loss of ₹4.36 lakh in October 2022 to a scammer posing as a bank official, under the guise of completing mandated KYC. The incident emphasizes the critical role of immediate reporting and bank alerts in mitigating the impact of such scams.
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The tales of these celebrities scammed out of their hard-earned money, resonate with the experiences of countless others who have faced similar predicaments. It is imperative for individuals, regardless of their public stature, to remain informed, vigilant, and proactive in safeguarding their assets against the ever-evolving landscape of online fraud. The journey towards a more secure and informed society begins with each one of us, learning from these incidents and spreading awareness to prevent the recurrence of such fraudulent activities.
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