Gurgaon Man Duped Of ₹4 Lakh In Cyber Scam Disguised As WFH Job

In a recent cyber fraud incident, a Gurgaon resident was swindled out of ₹4 lakh under the pretence of a work-from-home job opportunity.

What Happened: As reported by the Times of India, Anupam Jain, a resident of Sector 51, Gurgaon, was sent a WhatsApp message from an anonymous source on January 17. The message offered him a job to write positive reviews for restaurants on Google.

Jain, who was jobless due to health complications, believed the offer to be genuine and was subsequently added to a Telegram group where he was allocated tasks. He received payments ranging from ₹150 to ₹600 for his work.

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On January 21, Jain was persuaded to invest in cryptocurrency to earn an additional 40% on his earnings. However, when his account balance hit ₹3.9 lakh, he was unable to withdraw the funds. The scammer claimed the withdrawal amount was too large and subsequently locked Jain’s account, demanding a ransom of ₹5.8 lakh to access it again.

Realising he had been duped, Jain reported the incident to the Cyber police station (east). The case is currently being investigated.

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