Sarita’s husband Rajesh lived in her hotel. Sarita lived in a separate house with her daughter. They used to meet seldom even in a week.
Since Sarita was often alone, Rajesh bought her a smartphone.
Sarita, who only knows how to read Nepali letters, was feeling uncomfortable using the smartphone. She was learning a lot with the help of her husband and daughter.
Since most of her relatives are outside the country and it is easy to communicate with other relatives in Nepal through social media, she started using the messaging app Imo.
Since there was no Wi-Fi in the room, sometimes she would run using mobile data IMO.
On the basis of the message received in that emo, he has been duped from many sides.
Suddenly he got the message of lottery of 25 lakhs on IMO.
Having never seen such a message before, she excitedly narrated the news to her husband Rajesh. Rajesh was aware of such incidents on social media.
So he suggested Sarita not to believe it. However, Sarita was confident that the scamster would get Rs 25 lakh.
He was confident that he would get 2.5 million based on the audio calls made by the scammers. Sarita plans to tell the news to her husband only after getting the money.
The gang of scammers was sending various fake proofs to make them believe that they have won 25 lakhs from there. On the basis of this evidence, Sarita was ready to accept everything the scamster said.
Sarita says, “I was not aware of such a thing, when they said that they will send 25 lakhs to our account, I thought yes.”
The scammer first asked Sarita to send her account number. He was asked to remit 5,000 in a separate e-service account as he had to pay government tax while transferring money to that account.
He told that it will take some time to send the money. The scammer then assumed that the money would be delayed. Even after talking about money, the fraudster wanted to trap him in another trap.
After that, the scammer planned to open a WhatsApp account using his number and got scammed with the same number.
“After calling imo from there, he sent me a number and asked me to send money to the e-service account of that number, but I did not have the money. He replied that he would send it to her husband. Although he sent the money after some time, but he asked me to send the 6 digit number, which came in my mobile message. After that many people like you are calling me.
In the greed of money, Sarita sent the number in her message box without asking anyone. Actually that number is WhatsApp OTP number.
The scammer is sending fake messages to many people by creating a WhatsApp business account using his number. Various Nepali WhatsApp users (who know it is a scam) are calling knowing that the message received on WhatsApp is a Nepali number.
After that same type of calls were coming from many numbers.
Sarita says, “Some people say that they will report to the police.” Some people start abusing as soon as they pick up the phone. I don’t know why he was insulted. I was scared.”
He used to get 30 to 40 calls daily. Sarita, who is shocked to answer all the callers that it has not worked, finally dares to tell her husband about it.
Her husband understood how to solve the incident. He was suggested to open a new WhatsApp account from the same number. Sarita then tells him that only two-three such calls are coming in a day.
This is an example of how ordinary people are falling into the trap of fraudsters due to lack of digital literacy. Furthermore, with the increase in the use of mobile phones and the Internet, social networks have become an integral part of our daily lives.
The use of social media has brought about a radical change in the lives of some people, while others have pushed their lives to ruin.
Like every day, news of various negative incidents (cheating, robbery, rape on the pretext of meeting) are coming from social media. Based on this it seems that people in Nepal do not take digital literacy naturally.
Recently, cases of cheating in the name of ‘Lucky Draw’ have come to the fore on various social media (especially WhatsApp and IMO). In such a situation, some people must be wondering how their number reached them.
“They mainly get our number in two ways,” says cyber security expert Naresh Lamgade. One is from leaked data somewhere and the other is that when we sent numbers sequentially, we got our number.
In some cases, users have logged their number on an unsafe site and their number may have been obtained by scammers from that site as well.
He said that by combining different numbers, they send ‘lucky draw’ scam messages to thousands of people on WhatsApp. While some people ignore such messages on WhatsApp and IMO, some people take them seriously.
Due to the lack of digital literacy, it can be assumed that many Nepali numbers are being used for fraud. ‘Lucky draw’ messages are being circulated on WhatsApp or IMO with malicious intent.
As the nature of technology is changing day by day, so are the incidents of crimes caused by it. Although some new users are not aware of the lucky draw on WhatsApp or Imo, but some users are aware of such things.
Fraud is not always of this nature. Those who are thinking of cheating are trying to cheat in a new way by changing its form.
Do not respond to social media offers or any such offers as much as possible. If you have to give, tell the person who knows something about it.
Soliciting money using social media is not a fraud. Using your number for various purposes without your permission is also a type of fraud.