The World today is full of frauds and scams. Fraudsters try to take advantage of every situation to make easy money. You might have heard of ATM frauds, SIM frauds, Aadhaar frauds and many more. Now, there is another scam known as Kaun Banega Crorepati Scam. The scamsters have used the Kaun Banega Crorepati shows name, to lure innocent people and steal their hard earned money.
The popular quiz show hosted by superstar Amitabh Bachchan, Kaun Banega Crorepati' (KBC) is back on TV. It is the most loved quiz programme and it is watched by crores of people across India.
Apart from people participating in the quiz directly on TV, there is another option where the audience can also participate in the show via KBC Play-Along feature on the Sony Liv mobile app and win cash prizes. Scamsters are taking advantage of this. Scamsters are contacting people over phone calls or through WhatsApp by posing as KBC crews and telling them that they have won a cash prize by participating in the quiz show. Many people have already fallen victim to this fraud.
1. Fraudsters make random calls to the people in their database, which they themselves have created. They speak in such a way that the victims get convinced real quickly. Not just the voice calls, fraudsters also use WhatsApp to cheat people.
2. As soon as the fraudsters contact people, they congratulate them saying they are calling from the KBC crew and tell them that they have won prize money, by participating in the quiz.
3. When people say they have not participated in the quiz, fraudsters convince them saying "Your family member might have participated using your number". The sad part is most people believe them.
4. In some cases fraudsters call people and introduce themselves as the KBC crew and ask them a few simple questions to make them win easily. If people deny participating in such a contest, fraudsters say that their number has been selected in the lucky draw.
5. After informing the victims on the cash prices, fraudsters ask victims to deposit Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 as tax or processing fees to receive the prize money of Rs 25 or Rs 30 Lakhs. Many people have fallen for this fraud thinking that they will really receive a cash price of Rs 25 or Rs 30 Lakhs.
6. In some cases, fraudsters ask victims to provide their personal banking details instead of a processing fee. Bank details are asked for wire transfer of the money directly to bank accounts. If the victim gives his personal banking details, it will be used to steal money from the bank account.