From Gaza to Ghaziabad: How Fraudsters Transform ‘All Eyes on Rafah’ into ‘All Eyes on Your Wallet’


From Gaza to Ghaziabad: How Fraudsters Transform ‘All Eyes on Rafah’ into ‘All Eyes on Your Wallet’

The increased visibility of the ‘All Eyes on Rafah’ movement is being exploited by scammers to connive individuals into contributing to fake causes.

The most sincere initiatives can be transformed into playgrounds for fraudsters in the digital age due to the leverage of the emotion quotient of common people.  Regrettably, the widespread “All Eyes on Rafah” campaign, which was intended to increase awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, has become a magnet for online fraudsters.


The Economic Times reported a substantial increase in fraudulent posts and accounts that are posing as legitimate Gaza aid organizations. An increase in phishing attempts has been observed by email security providers, while agencies are inundated with complaints regarding fraudulent charities.

Consider the situation of a 28-year-old software specialist from Bengaluru. He donated ₹10,000 via a UPI transfer to what appeared to be a genuine charity link on Instagram after being overcome with sorrow and a desire to assist after viewing distressing images of children affected by the conflict. He only came to the realization that he had been defrauded when he discovered the contact number was unresponsive and did not receive a receipt.

A person from Bengaluru acknowledged that the UPI payment to an individual named Umesh Yadav should have raised red flags, but he was too emotionally invested to think clearly. “The most distressing aspect was not the loss of the money, but the realization that it was diverted to a scammer’s account rather than being used to assist a person in Gaza,” he stated.

False websites, phishing emails, fake cryptocurrency links, and social media scams are among the most prevalent Gaza-related scams. Fraudsters generate websites that resemble legitimate aid organizations, utilize phishing emails that imitate emails from reputable charities, and disseminate false video links that redirect to malicious websites.

The Gaza situation’s emotional attraction transforms it spicy for fraudsters who capitalize on the goodwill of individuals. In a mere 24 hours, the ‘All Eyes on Rafah’ movement garnered over 34 million shares on Instagram, rendering it a prominent target. The photograph depicted tents that were arranged to form the phrase “All Eyes on Rafah,” which is a reference to an area in southern Gaza where 45 civilians were alleged to have been killed in an Israeli airstrike.

Influencers and personalities, such as Alia Bhatt, Priyanka Chopra, and Kareena Kapoor, as well as Bridgerton star Nicola Coughlan, have disseminated this image extensively.  Regrettably, this visibility has also served as an excuse for fraudsters to establish phony accounts and campaigns that resemble legitimate endeavors, thereby creating a challenge for individuals to differentiate between genuine and fraudulent accounts.

Since the movement gathered momentum, social media monitoring tools have detected a 40% increase in scam-related content.  According to reports, there has been a 60% increase in the number of phishing emails that falsely represent legitimate relief organizations. Within a three-month period, the Better Business Bureau, which is headquartered in the United States, recorded a 35% rise in complaints regarding bogus charities.

People may not be aware that their contributions are not being directed to Gaza, but rather to locations such as Ghaziabad or other locations, in their enthusiasm to contribute. The lesson that is being taught here? Before disbursing your probably hard-earned money, it is imperative to verify.

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About The Author:

Yogesh Naager is a content marketer who specializes in the cybersecurity and B2B space.  Besides writing for the News4Hackers blog, he’s also written for brands including CollegeDunia, Utsav Fashion, and NASSCOM.  Naager entered the field of content in an unusual way.  He began his career as an insurance sales executive, where he developed an interest in simplifying difficult concepts.  He also combines this interest with a love of narrative, which makes him a good writer in the cybersecurity field.  In the bottom line, he frequently writes for Craw Security.


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