A model has shared how they had been nearly scammed out of Rs 8,000 in hopes that their story will assist different small companies keep away from such frauds. Awktopus, which describes itself as a “homegrown model with a bunch of glad merchandise by two awkward siblings”, shared an Instagram Reels video earlier this month describing how a web based scammer nearly swindled them out of Rs 8,000 – and the way they managed to outsmart him ultimately. Their video has gone viral with over 3.3 million views on the photograph and video sharing platform.
Awktopus shared a bunch of screenshots detailing their interplay with the scammer. From the screenshots, it seems as if the scammer – who goes by the Instagram deal with ‘shoppingcart117’ – made a purchase order price Rs 858 from the model. The model requested him to switch and share a screenshot of the transaction.
The scammer then supposedly despatched them Rs 8,858 and politely requested them to return the additional Rs 8,000 he despatched by mistake.
“Sorry mem syd jyada quantity pay ho gya h aapko (Sorry ma’am, I despatched you some extra cash),” he wrote, requesting the model consultant to return Rs 8,000.
The scammer’s trick would have labored, however for the diligence of the model. Awktopus seen that as a substitute of really transferring Rs 8,858 and sharing a screenshot of the transaction, the person had solely typed the quantity out as textual content and despatched them a screenshot of that.
Had they really ‘returned’ the quantity he had requested for, they’d have been swindled out of Rs 8,000. Fortunately, the model seen this easily-overlooked element and determined to present the scammer a style of his personal medication.
“Tit for tat,” they wrote whereas sharing a pic which reveals they, too, merely typed out “Paid Rs 8,000” and shared a screenshot of that.
“A few days again, somebody tried to drag a quick one on us. Fortunately we did not find yourself falling for it. But when we weren’t alert sufficient, we might have ended up shedding about 8k!!” Awktopus wrote whereas sharing the video. “Please do share it with different small enterprise homeowners in order that they could possibly be extra cautious and conscious of such scammers.”
The video has crossed 3.3 million views on Instagram. Many on the platform thanked the model for elevating consciousness, whereas others expressed shock on the scammer’s fast change in behaviour as soon as his trick had been referred to as out. Whereas he had been excessively well mannered earlier, he started abusing the model as soon as he realised he had been outsmarted.
“I’d have undoubtedly received scammed. Thanks for this alert,” wrote one Instagram person.
“Omg. After which he is abusing,” one other remarked. “That is so unhappy. And they’re even abusing,” a 3rd stated.
A number of others stated they’d been tricked on this method too. “Identical occurred with us. They assume small companies are simple to cheat,” an Instagram person commented.
“Occurred with me, fairly a number of occasions. Through the lockdown for some motive the fee would present a bit of later in my pockets/account. And since I had appointments again to again, I might take the appointments in a rush. We spend lots of time offering our providers and if this occurs in return, it actually hurts,” a counsellor wrote.
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