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YouTube is being used by scammers to trick people and steal money through part-time job opportunities on WhatsApp and Telegram. Sc…
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The advancement of technology and the evolution of e-commerce have not only helped in making users’ lives easier but have also brought in new ways for scammers to steal money by tricking people using social engineering techniques. For the past few months, cybercriminals are using YouTube to dupe money from users. In this scam, tricksters are offering people part-time job opportunities to like and subscribe to YouTube videos before eventually stealing their money. As a part of the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Cyber threat awareness initiative, the government has shared a video to explain how such scams are being carried out. The video also suggests ways for people to avoid falling prey to the traps of cyber scammers.

YouTube like and subscribe scam: What is it
As per the video, cybercriminals are using WhatsApp and Telegram to contact potential victims offering them part-time work from home and part-time jobs. In such jobs, scammers are inviting users to like and subscribe to videos on YouTube. Reports suggest that there have been multiple incidents in recent months in which victims have been duped of lakhs by scammers using these YouTube job scams.

How scammers dupe people using this method
In the beginning, the scammers will contact users (on Telegram and WhatsApp) saying that they are looking for a part-timer who can earn up to Rs 5,000 per day. After users accept the offer, they are added to a Telegram channel which is operated by the ‘task manager,’ who assigns them the ‘work.’

Then, victims are being asked to hit the ‘Like’ button on some YouTube videos and send a screenshot to the ‘manager.’ As users keep on liking the YouTube videos, the accumulated earnings are shown on the scammer’s ‘job app.’ These earnings are only for display and the scammer doesn’t send any money to the user. Instead, the cybercriminals will ask users to ‘invest’ some amount (for exapmle, Rs 5,000) to get their accumulated earnings.


Once the money is transferred, scammers block the users on WhatsApp and Telegram. After getting duped, victims don’t get any option to communicate with their ‘task manager’ or the HR that offered the part-time job.

In some cases, scammers also ask users to send their bank account details to get the accumulated money. As users share their bank details, cybercriminals steal money from their accounts.

How to identify such scams and stay safe
Users are advised to conduct a comprehensive search on the business or the employer/recruiter before accepting the offer on a messaging platform. Users should also keep in mind that only in scams they will be asked to pay for a job or to receive returns. In such cases, users should never approve any kind of wire transfer or scan shady QR codes. Even if users get trapped in a an online scam, they should call 1930 or register a complaint on the Cyber Crime Portal ( https://cybercrime.gov.in/).

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