Scamsters posed as ‘KBC representatives’ on the call and informed people about the prize money they had 'won' by participating in the quiz.
Popular television game show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC)'s name has been used by scamsters to dupe people of money.
Scamsters posing as KBC crew contacted people over phone or through whatsapp, saying they had won a cash prize by participating in the quiz show, a Gadgets Now report said. Some fell for the trick.
A major reason behind people believing the fraud calls or messages was because KBC also has a Play-Along feature on the Sony Liv mobile application in which viewers can participate and win cash prizes.
Here's how the scamsters duped people:
> Scamsters first created a database of people's numbers and called them randomly.
> They posed as ‘KBC representatives’ on the call and informed people about the prize money they had 'won' by participating in the quiz.
> In cases where a person denied participating in any such contest, the scamsters would say that they were shortlisted from a set of numbers by their telecom operator.
> Alternatively, they would ask easy questions to make the victims 'win'.
> Some scamsters were active on WhatsApp and used the instant messenger to cheat people.
> They asked people to deposit a certain amount of money (far less than the winning amount) as processing fee. The processing fee was asked to be deposited via a bank draft.
> In some cases, scamsters also asked for people's confidential bank account information under the pretext of directly transferring money to them.> As per police complaints, most numbers from which fake calls were received, began with International Calling Code 0092.