Teen Girl Paid Rs. 55,000 To Increase Instagram Followers !! Check What Happened Next
Written by Dhiwaharan Published on Mar 09, 2023 | 14:14 PM IST | 81
Teen girl paid Rs. 55,000 to increase her In today’s digital age, cyber fraud has become increasingly common, and a recent incident in Mumbai highlights the dangers that young people can face online. A 16-year-old girl from Goregaon East was conned by a cyber fraudster who promised to add 50,000 Instagram followers and other social media profiles to her accounts. However, the fraudster tricked the girl into transferring Rs 55,000 from her father’s account through eight transactions.
According to the Vanrai police, the girl was watching reels on Instagram when she received a follow request from a girl named Sonali Singh. The adolescent accepted the request and struck up a conversation with Singh, who then offered to add 50,000 more followers to her social media platforms. Singh informed the girl that it would cost her $6,000, to which the adolescent agreed. Singh then sent her a QR code, which the girl used to transfer the remaining Rs 600 from her father’s account using Google Pay. However, Singh then informed the girl that Rs 600 would only gain her 10,000 followers.
When the girl noticed that her following had not increased, she urged Singh to reimburse her. However, Singh informed her that there was an issue with her account and that she was unable to transfer the money. Singh then instructed the girl to deposit the entire amount in her father’s account. The girl, a student at a school in Goregaon, sent all Rs 55,128 in her father’s account through eight separate transactions to Singh’s UPI id, expecting to receive it all back.
When the girl’s father noticed that his account was balance-free, his daughter admitted to him about the money transfers when he confronted her. The girl’s businessman father filed a complaint with the police against the unknown fraudster. The police have registered a case of cheating and impersonation under the relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and the Indian Criminal Code and are attempting to trace the UPI ID where the girl sent the money.
This incident serves as a warning to young people and their parents to be cautious when engaging with strangers online. Scammers often target vulnerable individuals, such as young people, who may be less experienced in identifying and dealing with fraud. Parents should monitor their children’s online activity and educate them on safe internet practices. It is also essential to be aware of the risks associated with sharing personal and financial information online and to use caution when engaging in online transactions. By taking these precautions, individuals can protect themselves from falling victim to cyber fraud.
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