Soumya Prakash Pradhan

In today's digital age, cybercrime is an ever-increasing threat that affects individuals and businesses alike. Recently, a resident of Delhi fell prey to cybercrime and lost over Rs 9 lakh while trying to earn some extra money through a work-from-home job.

This incident highlights the need for caution while applying for job opportunities online and verifying the authenticity of the source.

The work-from-home job scam:

Harin Bansal from Delhi was lured into a work-from-home scam promising high earning via social media. He was directed to a WhatsApp number and asked to register on a website to complete tasks that included depositing and withdrawing a certain amount.

The consequence:

Harin Bansal lost over Rs 9 lakh after falling victim to a scam that gained his trust by giving him the promised commission and withdrawal.

But after depositing the amount, he was unable to withdraw it. Harin Bansal filed a complaint with the Delhi Police, who subsequently arrested two individuals in connection with the case.

This incident is a reminder that scammers often use job offers and part-time opportunities to mislead people into parting with their money.

Tips to avoid Cybercrime:

Be cautious when you see messages or advertisements promising significant financial gains. 

To avoid falling prey to online scams, it's crucial to cross-check doubtful information, avoid creating accounts on suspicious websites and reject job or investment offers from unknown individuals.

To avoid work-from-home job scams, be cautious of well-paid offers promising large earnings, cross-check information, and avoid sharing personal and banking details with unknown individuals.