Fraud alert! Gurugram woman loses  ₹76 lakh in app-based movie rating scam

Fraud alert! Gurugram woman loses ₹76 lakh in app-based movie rating scam

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After earn money by liking YouTube videos scam, fraudsters have come with a new way to dupe innocent citizens. In a latest episode of cyber fraud, a female MNC executive was allegedly duped of more than 76 lakh by online frauds who promised her high returns on a part time job. 

The job was simple. She was asked to rate movies on a mobile app, police said on Wednesday.

According to the complaint filed by Divya, the victim, she had made an account on an online app and made several deposits of money.

The New Colony resident received a message from a woman named Meera on Telegram on February 25. Meera offered her a part time job.

Two days later, she started getting messages on WhatsApp from a woman who introduced herself as Tejaswi. She told her that her job involved rating films on the app and asked her to register herself on and start rating.

“The caller told me that I had to complete one set at least every day. Each set had 28 movies to be rated. To start rating, the account has to be recharged with 10,500 and I was told I could withdraw my money after the set is complete,” the victim wrote in her complaint, according to police.

She was given an account number to make deposits and start her work.

“While rating the tickets, I received a message on the platform that I have received a premium ticket and for this premium ticket I will have to deposit the negative balance, and if I don’t pay a negative balance, I can’t complete the set and the account will freeze,” read her complaint.

“I deposited 29,500 first, then again 82,541. They told me I had to complete 30 tickets because the level had increased. It again showed a negative balance of 5,48,658. I was asked again to deposit 9,59,357 to complete the final ticket. But later, I was told I had reached level 8 and I had to complete 35 tickets,” she wrote.

According to police, the woman was then asked to deposit 21,23,765. Agsin, she was given an assurance by scamsters that she would be able to withdraw all her deposits once she does that.

In all, the victim deposited 76,84,493 in the account on the app before she realised she was duped, police said.

An FIR has been registered against unidentified frauds under sections 420 (cheating) of IPC and section 66-D of IT Act at Cyber Crime, West, Police Station.

“We have registered a case and a probe is underway. The accused will be arrested soon,” said Station House Officer Amit Kumar.

(With inputs from PTI)

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