Woman accepts part-time job for rating hotels, ends up losing Rs 16 lakh
In another distressing incident of cyber scam, a woman from Coimbatore lost herself in an online investment scam, resulting in a loss of around 16 lakh. Similar to incidents that were reported earlier, the victim was first contacted by scammers through a messaging app and later was tricked into investing money in promises of high returns.
The 33-year-old victim identified as Dheena Sudha revealed her ordeal in her police complaint. According to her statement the chain of scam started when she received a message from an unidentified person on the Telegram app in August of this year. In the message, the man offered her a part-time job which involved rating hotels online, reports The Hindu.
The job further mentioned that for every rating, the person would receive a good return. Thinking it to be a legitimate offer, the victim inquire further about the job and gradually became enticed into it, ultimately accepting the job. Initially, the victim received her payment for rating hotels, but later the scammers persuaded her to invest money online in pursuit of greater financial gains.
Over the course of approximately one month, between August 7 and September 11, the victim allegedly invested a total of Rs 15,74,257 into the fraudulent scheme. However, when she attempted to withdraw her money, the scammers refused, and she reportedly lost all her invested funds by sending them to different bank accounts associated with the scammers.
Realizing that she had fallen victim to a scam, the victim filed her complaint, and a case was registered under Sections 420 (pertaining to cheating and dishonestly inducing the delivery of property) and 66 D (relating to punishment for cheating by personation using a computer resource) of the Information Technology Act."
This case serves as a stark reminder of the growing web of online scams. But what is even more concerning is that despite numerous reports of similar scams and awareness campaigns by the cyber cell, police, and media reports, people are still not exercising the necessary caution.
These scam cases, involving fake part-time job offers that eventually lead victims to invest money and send funds directly to scammers' accounts, have become a recurring pattern in recent months. The modus operandi of these scams typically follows a similar sequence. Scammers often initiate contact with potential victims through platforms like WhatsApp or Telegram, presenting attractive job opportunities such as liking YouTube videos or rating hotels.
Online job scams are on the rise, so be vigilant and cautious when you see job offers that seem too good to be true. Be aware of common scammer tactics and verify the legitimacy of job postings before you apply. Also, never click on any illegitimate links or offers from individuals. If something looks too good to be true, it is probably a scam.