Soumya Prakash Pradhan

WhatsApp scams are on the rise with many individuals falling prey to fraudulent schemes in recent months.

According to reports, a woman from Noida fell prey to a scam and lost Rs 4.3 lakh after being tricked into liking YouTube videos as a way to earn money.

These scams often masquerade as part-time job opportunities, prompting the government to take action.

It is important for people to exercise caution online and avoid transferring money to untrustworthy sources. 

The Rising Threat of WhatsApp Scams

A Times Now report reveals the hidden dangers of innocent online interactions in Noida.

In Noida's Sector 61, a woman allegedly became a victim to scammers who contacted her on WhatsApp.

They offered her a 'part-time job' involving liking, commenting, and sharing YouTube videos for e-commerce websites.

The scammers introduced her to a Telegram group where she received assigned tasks.

Initially, they paid her for each task, building trust. However, during a 'prime task,' she lost Rs 4.38 lakh. This incident was reported by Times Now.

Government Intervention and Preventive Measures:

The Indian government is actively addressing the issue of WhatsApp scams to safeguard citizens from financial harm.

They have instructed WhatsApp to block accounts involved in fraudulent activities, resulting in the banning of over 36 lakh accounts in India.

Users are also encouraged to report and block suspicious calls or messages they receive on the platform. 

Safeguarding Yourself:

  1. To protect yourself from WhatsApp scams, it's important to take proactive measures and stay vigilant while using the platform.
  2. Avoid sharing personal or financial information with unknown individuals, especially in response to job offers.
  3. Exercise caution when interacting with suspicious messages, calls, or requests, particularly from international numbers.
  4. Utilise WhatsApp's privacy controls to manage the visibility of your personal details, allowing access only to trusted contacts.
  5. Promptly report suspicious accounts to contribute to a safer online environment and assist in the banning of malicious actors from the platform.