Soumya Prakash Pradhan

There are many instances of people being tricked into fraudulent schemes, leading to the loss of their money.

One common tactic used by scammers is to offer tempting part-time job opportunities to people, like getting paid for liking YouTube videos.

Recently, a similar scam took place in Andheri, Mumbai in which fraudsters offered the job of liking YouTube videos for daily pay to a man. 

The scam highlights how these scammers operate and bring in focus the need to be cautious in the digital age.

As per a report in the Indian Express, a man in Mumbai was contacted by a woman in May with a job proposal: liking YouTube videos for money.

The woman enticed the victim by claiming that he could earn anywhere from Rs 3,000 to 6,000 per day.

She presented her company as an advertising firm and explained that he would need to interact with their YouTube ads to receive his portion of the profits.

To build trust with the victim, the scammers began by depositing small amounts of money into his bank account as payment for completing easy tasks.

These payments were made regularly, which made the victim believe that the operation was genuine. 

Consequently, his trust in the scammer grew, leading him to be more open to taking on bigger assignments.

Afterward, the victim was introduced to Telegram groups where he was informed that his money would be deposited into a "virtual account." 

Unfortunately, this account was nothing but a carefully crafted deception created by the fraudsters to maintain the illusion of payment.

The victim was made to believe that he was receiving funds through this virtual account, further reinforcing his trust in the scam.

As the victim gained higher status within these groups, he was given access to exclusive "VIP task groups."

However, when he expressed a desire to leave the group, his request was denied. 

Instead, he was assigned a new task that involved a significantly larger sum of money.

This sudden increase in stakes raised suspicions and made the victim question the authenticity of the entire operation.

The turning point came when the victim was instructed to transfer a massive sum of Rs 2.5 lakh for a task. 

It was at this crucial moment that he finally realised he had fallen into a fraudulent scheme.

According to a report from the Indian Express, regrettably, the individual had already incurred a significant loss of Rs 8.59 lakh before any intervention took place.

This unfortunate outcome adds to the growing number of victims falling prey to online scams.