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Small businesses online get almost ripped off


Online scams are quite common these days and people are advised not to be defrauded by someone.

An example of an online scam is this reel which was posted by a small business page on Instagram about how it was “nearly ripped off” for Rs 8,000. However, luckily for them, they managed to realizing that they were getting ripped off before falling into the trap of the malicious ploy.

Awktopus, which is a “local brand with a bunch of happy products by two goofy siblings,” shared the reel on their Instagram page showing how they were almost ripped off and alerted others to be careful of the same.

According to the screenshots published in the reel, a conversation is taking place between the mark and the con artist. The alleged fraudster’s Instagram handle is @ shoppingcart117 and apparently they purchased Rs 858 worth of products from Awktopus. After the brand asks them to send a payment confirmation, a screenshot of the transaction is shared.

The video is captioned: “A few days ago someone tried to pull a quick one out of us. Luckily we didn’t end up falling into the trap. But if we hadn’t been alert enough , we would have ended up losing around 8k !! Please share it with other small business owners so they can be more careful and aware of these scammers. ”

“They sent us a screenshot where the amount was just typed in. And they would have sent an additional 8,000,” the Awktopus said.

“Sorry mem syd jyada amount paid ho gya h aapko (Sorry ma’am, I sent you extra money)” the scammer wrote to Awktopus and demanded to return the “extra” Rs 8,000.


However, luckily for the company, they noticed that the scammer only typed in the amount of Rs 8.58 instead of the screenshot of the transaction. So instead of saying anything Awktopus decided to play smart and typed in “Paid Rs 8000” and shared a screenshot of the same with the scammer. They added the words “Tit for tat” to the reel.

Once the scammer realized he had been scammed, he resorted to abusive language.


Sour grapes, right?


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