People from different parts of the country have reported that they have got messages on WhatsApp saying that they have won Rs. 25 lakh via a lottery (a form of gambling) by a show called Kaun Banega Crorepati, popularly known as KBC. Dubbed as KBC fraud, this scam involves a harmless-looking message with loads of information trying to convince you that you have won Rs. 25 lakh in a lottery system that you probably have never heard or be a part of.
Since the amount is so large, an unaware person falls into the trap laid by fraudsters and ends up losing money. Apart from the huge amount offered in the scam message, another reason for falling for such a message could be the delivery of the message on a private number. Individuals tend to believe that since they have got a message on their private number, it should be true. As per an explanation in the blog Post by Delhi Police’s Cyber Crime Unit, when the potential victim contacts on the mentioned number to claim the amount, the fraudster asks for a certain refundable amount towards the processing of the lottery as well as GST. “Once the victim deposits that money, they start demanding for more on one pretext or another. After some time, they start telling the victim that the lottery amount has been increased further to Rs. 45 lakh, then to Rs. 75 lakh, so on and so forth to keep the victim engaged and interested,” the blog explains.
How to save yourself from WhatsApp KBC scam?
- The easiest and best way to not to lose money is to avoid such information-laden, convincing messages that talk about you getting a huge amount of money without you having to have taken part in any activity that involves winning cash.
- Sometimes fraudsters will follow up with you to make you realise that you are not being scammed but do not fall into this trap. In case you have moved forward, look for red flags.
- These may include scammers asking for refundable money, personal details such as your bank account details, debit or credit card details, email address, home address, and/or UPI ID.
- It is strongly advised that you don’t share above mentioned details with anyone.