Pune Man Lost ₹35L in YouTube Subscription Scam

The deceptive scheme manipulated the actions of the naive target of Pune man via WhatsApp communication.

Wakad, Pune:  Yogesh Madhavrao Sonar, a 42-year-old local of Wakad, fell prey to heavy cyber fraud and lost ₹35 lakhs to a YouTube subscription fraud from February 12 to February 16, 2024.

The Wakad Police Station was notified of the victim’s complaint, which resulted in the formation of a legal case against Shambavi Soni, the owner of the Telegram account linked to the fraudulent operation.

As per the police statement, the victim was initially targeted by the offender via the mobile phone number 9885419725.  Scammers convinced the target to subscribe to a YouTube channel exclusively via WhatsApp, promising advantages in exchange for no initial investment.

Capitalizing on the initial favorable perception of the victim, the defendant methodically deceived the complainant, obtaining a sum of ₹35,35,364 via multiple bank accounts.

The police department in Wakad has been duly informed of the complaint and has formally filed a case.  Ongoing investigations aim to provide additional information and identify the individuals responsible for this fraudulent scheme.

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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