Message of lottery worth Rs 25 lakh is going viral, protect yourself like this

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A new KBC scam is doing the rounds on WhatsApp, promising a lottery worth Rs 25 lakh to potential targets. If you have received a message on your WhatsApp number promising such a huge reward, we would advise you to ignore it. If you fall into this trap, there is every possibility of you being cheated of a huge amount of money. Many people from other states including UP, Bihar and Rajasthan have posted such messages on Twitter, which they have received on their WhatsApp numbers. Rajsamand City Police has tweeted a short video giving information about the scam. Delhi Police Cyber ​​Cell has already issued an advisory on this. Media reports show that this scam has been active since last year.

What is WhatsApp KBC scam?

People from many parts of the country have reported that they have received a message on WhatsApp, which claims that they have won Rs 25 lakh through a lottery by a show called Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC). This scam, which is going viral by the name of KBC Scam, comes with many information, in which it tries to convince you that you have won Rs 25 lakh in the lottery system.

Because the amount is so big, an unwary person can fall into the trap of fraudsters and lose their precious money. Apart from the huge amount offered in the scam messages, another reason to fall for such messages could be receiving the message on a private number. People believe that because the message came on their personal number, it must be true.

The KBC scam message contains pictures of many big personalities including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, business tycoon Mukesh Ambani and Amitabh Bachchan. Because pictures of these personalities are circulating on the internet and in advertisements, people are more likely to believe the text. In this, numbers are also given in the name of the bank manager. These numbers may belong to scammers. Certainly you can be cheated of money by contacting these numbers.

By Cyber ​​Crime Unit of Delhi Police blog post It is reported that when the potential victim contacts the given number to claim the amount, the scammers demand a certain amount for the processing of the lottery as well as GST. “Once the victim deposits that money, they start asking for more money on some pretext or the other. After some time, they start telling the victim that the lottery amount will be further increased to Rs 45 lakh. And then it is increased to Rs 75 lakh, and that’s how to keep the victim engaged and interested.”

How to save yourself from WhatsApp KBC scam?

WhatsApp scams are nothing new as there have been many such cases in the past where people have lost money. Because messages on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted, it becomes difficult for scammers to detect. The easiest and best way not to lose money is to avoid such money or lottery offering messages.

Sometimes scammers will try to make you think you are not being scammed, but don’t fall into this trap. If you have moved on, pay close attention to their words or actions. Make sure that you are not being asked to provide personal information like your bank account details, debit or credit card details, email address, home address and/or UPI ID etc.

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