Scammers are coming up with creative ways to steal your money. In one such case, a 68-year-old businessman from Gujarat was conned of Rs 2.7 crore in a few months after one wrong WhatsApp video call.
Here's what happened:
WhatsApp sextortion racket: The sextortion racket over WhatsApp video calls isn't new. Often the ones falling prey to such scams are older men with clumsy knowledge of technology. It is usually advised not to answer unknown WhatsApp calls; especially video calls. Even if it does happen, it is best to seek the help of the police as the extortion and blackmail door once open, doesn't close that easily.
With Love From Taiwan: 'It's not just sextortion over WhatsApp calls that are scammers' new favourite method of conning, some even call random people claiming that their 'FedEx package' sent from Place A to usually Taiwan was held by the customs department for trying to smuggle drugs. One Twitter user narrated this harrowing tale of how she was almost conned by this ruse despite not being technologically challenged.
JANHIT MEIN JAARI - HOW I ALMOST GOT SCAMMED - #Jamtara Real Life Incident. #threadstory— Geetika Rustagi (@geetiga) January 10, 2023
Today morning at around 09:45 AM, I got a call from 964675397 'FedEx' customer care saying a package attached to my Aadhar ID had been flagged because it contained illegal items. (1/n)
Even if you don't live in Place A or never sent a 'FedEx package' in your life, the scammers usually say that the package is linked to the victim's Aadhaar card and that's how it will be traced back to them. This is usually accompanied by fake government and police officers' ID cards and other documents.
Scammers also love to impersonate government agencies and officials. So, the next time you get calls that seem a little 'off', or too good to be true, reach out to the real police in person.