Old WhatsApp scam resurfaces asking Rs 25 lakh price: everything you need to know

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Cybercrime Unit of the Delhi Police had warned WhatsApp users in India about this scam.
  • Readers need to beware of this scam and not give any personal information to strangers.
  • The latest iteration of the WhatsApp scam message features PM Modi’s image and Sony Liv’s logo.

An old WhatsApp scam has resurfaced online, mostly targeting users in India. According to the message, also received by a member of the India Tech team, scammers are promising a cash prize of 25,000 rupees as part of the ‘KBC Jio’ raffle. Usually, the message includes a video explaining the process and users are asked to share personal information on WhatsApp. Money will then be credited to your account.

Readers must beware of this scam and must not share any personal information. In particular, the Cybercrime Unit of the Delhi Police had issued a warning to WhatsApp users in India. The department has its own blog post that explains how to spot fraudulent messages.

What does the message say?

The latest iteration of the WhatsApp scam message includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image and Sony Liv’s logo. Since KBC, the popular quiz show starring actor Amitabh Bachchan, will be broadcast on Sony Liv, the logo aims to add a level of legitimacy.

Aside from the logo, scripts are available in Hindi and English claiming that users have won Rs 25 lakh in a raffle. You may also notice a lottery number that is clearly fake.

The India Today Tech team member received the message from the number “+92 345 6808747”. The ISD code “92” stands for Pakistan.

What users need to be aware of about this WhatsApp scam

Readers must note that no personal information should be given to unknown numbers especially when claiming free bonuses. Sharing phone numbers, names, and other details could compromise your security.

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