A brand has shared how they were scammed out of around Rs 8,000 in the hope that their story would help other small businesses avoid such frauds. Awktopus, which describes itself as “a household brand with a bunch of happy products by two weird siblings,” shared an Instagram reel video earlier this month detailing how a Online scammers duped him for almost Rs 8,000 – and how they managed to outsmart him eventually. His video has been viewed more than 33 lakh times on the photo and video sharing platform.
Awktopus shared a bunch of screenshots detailing its conversations with the scammers. From the screenshots, it appears that the scammer – who goes by the Instagram handle ‘shoppingkart117’ – made a purchase of Rs 858 from the brand. The brand asked him to transfer and share a screenshot of the transaction.
Then the alleged scammer sent him Rs 8,858 and politely requested him to return the additional Rs 8,000 sent by mistake.
“Sorry mam sid got paid more amount that you (Sorry madam, I sent you some extra money),” he wrote, requesting the brand representative to refund Rs.8,000.
The scammer’s trick would have worked, but for the brand’s hard work. Awktopus noticed that instead of actually transferring Rs 8,858 and sharing the screenshot of the transaction, the person simply typed the amount as text and sent them the screenshot.
Had he actually ‘refunded’ the amount demanded by him, he would have been duped out of Rs 8,000. Fortunately, the brand noticed this easily overlooked information and decided to give the scammer a taste of its medicine.
“Tit for tat,” he wrote while sharing a picture which shows that he too, simply typed “Rs 8,000 paid” and shared a screenshot of the same.
“A few days ago, someone tried to do a quick pull on us. Thankfully we didn’t fall for it. But if we weren’t alert enough, we would have lost almost 8k!!” Octopus wrote while sharing the video. “Please share this with other small business owners so that they can be more alert and aware of such scammers.”
The video has crossed 3.3 million views on Instagram. Many on stage thanked the brand for raising awareness, while others expressed surprise at the scammer’s quick change in behavior once his move was gone. While he was very humble at first, when he came to know that he had become clever, he started abusing the brand.
One Instagram user wrote, “I would definitely get scammed. Thanks for the alert.”
“Omg. And then he’s abusing,” commented another. “It’s very sad. And they are also abusing,” said a third.
Many others said that they too have been tricked in this way. One Instagram user commented, “The same thing happened to us. They think it’s easy to cheat small businesses.”
“Happened to me, quite a few times. For some reason during the lockdown the payment would show up in my wallet/account after a while. And since I had back to back appointments, I used to take appointments in a hurry. We spend our services It takes a lot of time to provide and if that happens in return, it really hurts,” wrote one counselor.
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