Some WhatsApp users in India receive a message claiming a cash reward of Rs 25 lakh from the popular Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) trivia game. The WhatsApp message indicates that this registration number has been selected in the “KBC Sim Card Lucky Draw Compitation 2021”. A similar post went viral earlier this year that the government ruled “bogus”.
The new WhatsApp post is slightly different from the post that went viral between September and November 2021. The previous iteration included an image file of KBC host and actor Amitabh Bachchan and Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani. The contact details of the so-called âKBC officeâ in the two messages are also different. Here is the full message that WhatsApp users can receive:
I am vijay Kumar from KBC Koun Banega Carorepati mumbai!
Your wahtsapp number selected in the KBC Sim Card Lucky Draw 2021 competition!
You have won 25,00,000 Lakes KBC Cash Prize.
Apka WAHTSAPP KBC Number All India Sim Card Lucky Draw Compitation Main Winner Bangaya hai!
25,000.00 Lakes KBC Cash Prize Ka!
Please contact now KBC Office WhatsApp No: https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=917011789860
Head of KBC: M. rana prtabh singh
is online And get the information about your KBC Prize Money!
Your lottery n Â° 0099
Your KBC file number: BT12
Dear winner, please only call WhatsApp!
Ap abi apne Whatsapp number se KBC Office Me Whatsapp Call karein! https://api.whatsapp.com/send?phone=917011789860
The Delhi Police Cyber ââCell had said that fraudsters in such cybercrime cases send WhatsApp messages to unsuspecting victims from unknown numbers (most starting with +92, Pakistan’s ISD code ). However, the message we received is from a mobile number with an Indian ISD code (+91).
The Cyber ââcell adds:
âOnce the victim deposits that money, they start demanding more under one guise or another. Scammers insist on communicating only through WhatsApp. They trick the victim into depositing money into various bank accounts and all the fraud lasts for weeks or even months as long as they can continue to trick the victim into depositing money. After a while they start to tell the victim that the lottery amount has been increased to Rs. 45 lakhs and then to Rs. 75 lakhs and so on in order to keep the victim engaged and interested. Finally, when the victim starts to insist on getting the money or refuses to pay more, they stop calling them and cut off the WhatsApp numbers that were being used in the fraud. “
The police department is making it clear that messages typically claiming cash rewards are fraudulent and contain numerous grammatical errors. In the event that a caller insists on revealing personal details, âthere is something fishy about this. If users receive this message, they should take a screenshot and share it with the nearest police officials.
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