Bengaluru woman, 90 others seeking WFH gigs lose Rs 28 lakh | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: A woman whose quest for a work-from-home job took her to an app promising good returns has approached police after she and 90 others, including those she introduced to the app, collectively lost an estimated Rs 28 lakh.
The job on offer was that of a bot’s: The ‘employees’ were to earn money by liking and sharing posts by celebrities. To get the job, they had to deposit between Rs 1,000 and Rs 60,000.

South CEN Crime police registered a case against unknown miscreants on Thursday based on a complaint filed by the woman, a resident of Uttarahalli. The 33-year-old alleged that during her research for a WFH job in November, she got information about the app, which she later found to be misleading.
The app, which had to be installed in order for her to register, promised returns once payment of registration fee was done; the woman was urged to introduce more people to it. “We were promised that we would get paid for liking and sharing social media posts of celebrities and that the money would be transferred electronically to our digital wallets,” the woman said in the police complaint.
While cops said the victims together may have lost an estimated Rs 28 lakh, they could not immediately confirm how many of these 90 people were directly introduced by the complainant. The victims transferred money to various accounts in Axis, IDFC and IDBI banks, investigators added.
South CEN Crime police have registered a case under IPC sections 419 (punishment for cheating by personation) and 420 (cheating), and sections 66(C) and 66(D) o f the Information Technology Act. Further investigation is under way to trace and nab the miscreants.


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