Internet scams are targeting Indian Facebook users, offering them an opportunity to earn up to the equivalent of $8, 000 a month working from home.
The seductive text says India has been chosen for this amazing offer after the historic meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, when the PM convinced the tycoon to hire more Indians.
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The emails, using Facebook’s design values, are bombarding Indian social media users, accompanied by Modi’s picture and a quote attributed to him, saying, “Looks like Facebook is trying to become the India’s biggest employer.”
All the user has to do to earn that kind of money, is post links, share stories, review sites—stuff they’re probably already doing. It’s like being paid to troll the Web. All they have to do the get started is purchase a low cost kit, to set them up as approved contributors.
According to the Dutch financial intelligence group Ultrsascan AGI, Indians were defrauded in 2013 by more than $870 million in 2013.
India ranks among the top five most defrauded country, mostly via the email.
It is estimated that the bulk of the scammers who go after Indians — are Indians themselves, more than 4, 700 of them. And, naturally, being equal-opportunity criminals, they steal from many non-Indians, too.
Indian security agencies suspect that profits from these scams may find their way to funding terrorist groups.