Fake KBC lottery calls continue; listen in to find out how you can get conned
Getting a call from a WhatsApp number with the logo of Kaun Banega Crorepati? Before you answer it, pause for a second. The excitement is understandable, but it may not be Big B on the other end, saying “Hello, main Amitabh Bachchan bol raha hoon Kaun Banega Crorepati se.” Instead, it could very well be a scamster trying to con you off your hard-earned money.
On November 13, this journalist received a WhatsApp call — that had the logo of Kaun Banega Crorepati as its display picture — from +923043994634. 0019188444477 The country code (+92) is that of Pakistan. Realising that it was one of those scam calls, he cancelled it and blocked the number. On second thoughts, however, he decided to call back on the number to find what it was all about and figure out the modus operandi.
Viral Fake KBC Lottery Promising Rs 25 Lakhs Traced To Pakistan
A fake message about the popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati is doing the rounds on WhatsApp. The message says “aapke liye good news hai aapke iss number pe Kaun Banega Maha Crorepati ki Janab se Aapke is number pe 25 lakh rupay ka lottery laga hai lottery hasil karne ke liye is number par contact kare. Rana Pratap Singh- 0019188444477” A Twitter user Aakash Shah alerted the Mumbai Police on the platform saying that he received such a call offering him Rs 25 lakhs.
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The Mumbai Police Twitter handle responded, asking Aakash not to share any sensitive details over a call and to report to the nearest police station.
Fake people are calling WhatsApp 0019188444477 call and saying you won kbc lottery of 25 lakhs. They saying we are from Kbc.
Please do not share any sensitive details over a call and visit the nearest police station for further support.
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We contacted Shah to get more details about the incident who said, “First he (the caller) called me up on WhatsApp call saying you have won Rs 25 lakhs of lottery in which you participated which I never did. He asked me to call on the number and tell him the lottery number but I just cut the call because it was from another country and later I found out it was from Pakistan. He just later messaged the picture. That’s it.”
We dialled the number (0019188444477) from which Aakash Shah received the WhatsApp message. A man who answered the call and identified himself as Ahmed Raza said that this was his residence number in Multan, Pakistan and he had nothing to do with any lottery business. But when we looked at the display picture of the number on WhatsApp, we found an image of KBC. Raza failed to explain the origin of the image, hastily adding that someone could be misusing his number.
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Alert! Pakistani fraudsters using WhatsApp to loot money, Defence ministry issues advisory
WhatsApp fraud alert! Are you WhatsApp messenger user? If yes, then this news is very important for you as Ministry of Defence has issued an advisory that Pakistani fraudsters are looting money from your bank account using WhatsApp.
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New DelhiUpdated on: September 24, 2019 10:51 IST Alert! Pakistani fraudsters looting money using WhatsApp; Defence ministry issues advisory
WhatsApp fraud alert! Are you WhatsApp messenger user? If yes, then this news is very important for you as Ministry of Defence has issued an advisory that Pakistani fraudsters are looting your hard earned money from your bank account using WhatsApp.
Security agencies have discovered that Pakistan-based operatives are trying to trap people using the popularity of the Amitabh Bachchan-hosted show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) using several fake social media handles.
“It has been reported by cyber cell, ministry of Defence that adversaries are taking advantage of the popularity of TV show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” by making individuals join WhatsApp groups and sending fake KBC messages to trap individuals,” a security advisory issued by the defence ministry said.
Earlier, Nalasopara resident Kavita and her family had become a victim of these fraudsters, who received a call from fraudsters where the callers said they were from KBC. They told Kavita that she will get Rs 25 lakh through KBC lottery! The family believed it and ended up dupped.
The advisory further said that Pakistani-based mobile numbers – ’92-3077902877 and 0019188444477′ are the administrators of such WhatsApp groups. The Cyber Cell of the MoD advised people to immediately exit such groups if one has already been added to it.
200 fake handles of military officers:
The cyber cell had found over 200 fake handles of military officers including both serving and retired officers had come up on social media who were tweeting and spreading messages as per the Pakistani narrative on the Kashmir issue.
How to save your money:
The cyber cell has advised people to configure their WhatsApp settings in a manner that only a person whose contacts details are saved in your phone can add you without an invitation.
- Go to ‘Settings–Account—Privacy–Groups
- Then check My Contacts option and done.
Individuals are advised to configure their WhatsApp settings that only people whose contact number is saved in your phone can add them in a group, without an invitation. It also gave directions for that.