Greater Noida Resident Duped of Rs 20.54 Lakhs in Work-from-Home Scam Involving Google Maps Rating

In his police complaint, Kumar stated that he received a WhatsApp message offering a work-from-home opportunity to rate hotels on Google Maps in exchange for monetary rewards.
Greater Noida

Greater Noida Resident Duped of Rs 20.54 Lakhs in Work-from-Home Scam Involving Google Maps Rating

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Noida: A Greater Noida resident, Sandeep Kumar from Chi-1 sector, fell victim to a work-from-home scam where he was deceived into rating hotels on Google Maps which resulted in a loss of Rs 20.54 lakhs in January this year, as per the PTI report. An FIR has been lodged at the Cyber Crime police station in Noida Sector 36 against an unidentified accused earlier this week.
"The FIR has been registered under Indian Penal Code sections 420 (cheating), 506 (criminal intimidation), and provisions of the Information Technology Act," the local police said.
In his police complaint, Kumar stated that he received a WhatsApp message offering a work-from-home opportunity to rate hotels on Google Maps in exchange for monetary rewards.
Kumar responded to the text and was subsequently added to a Telegram group with approximately 100 members. He informed the police that he began rating hotels as instructed, but the tasks soon expanded to include investment activities.
Kumar explained, "I started rating the hotels, and along with those tasks, there were also investment opportunities. Initially, I invested Rs 50,000, but when I tried to withdraw the money, I couldn't access the website." He continued, "Later, I was asked to pay an additional Rs 5 lakh as taxes to facilitate the withdrawal." Ultimately, Kumar ended up investing a total of Rs 20,54,464 in the scheme.
"They asked me to pay Rs 5 lakh more as tax to their account, where I got to know that I have been a victim of financial fraud. I am not able to withdraw my approximately Rs 20,54,464 invested money," Kumar said in his statement to the police.
"The victim reported receiving death threats from the fraudsters via Telegram and phone calls, demanding him to unfreeze the accounts," he said.
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