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Here’s How It Works And How To Stay Safe

Last updated: September 10, 2022, 7:52 PM IST

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Don’t record video calls from random numbers, it can cost you a lot of money.

Online scams have become commonplace these days. There are hundreds of ways fraudsters can scam you online these days. One of those ways is using video calls to scam people. Yes, you heard it right, a scam that takes place through video calls and involves blackmail is also quite common.

According to reports earlier this year, people got video calls from random numbers where the fraudsters trick them and blackmail users with screenshots and altered images. Earlier this year, several such cases were reported in which people were blackmailed into paying as much as Rs 55,000 to fraudsters.

How this scam works is that the scammers send a video call from women. A scam mainly targeting men, when the person answers the call they find a half naked girl on a video call. If the victim reacts in the same way, the scammers will record video or screenshots and threaten to post it on social media. They ask the victim to pay a huge sum of money not to post any photos or videos.

Such fraud is common on dating apps and other video calling platforms, including WhatsApp. This saw a surge during the first COVID-19 wave. In a case earlier this year, a random video call cost a 30-year-old Rs 55,000.

To protect yourself from these types of hacks, the first and most important thing to do is never receive video calls from random numbers. Users can also change their privacy settings and keep everything as watertight as possible. Your phone number or other account IDs, or even the contact list, should be visible to unknown people on any of the online platforms.

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