Have you ever been scammed online? I’ve been, and not just once but twice. And today, I will talk about how to recognize Scam in Nepal.
I wanted to renew some services which required dollars and searched How to buy PayPal balance in Nepal on Facebook.
After that, loads of advertisements for those pages that sold balances started popping up in my FYP.
Even though Nepal has started providing Dollar Cards in Nepal for its citizens, most of us are still getting scammed. So, if you are buying these services or subscriptions, please be aware.
I am writing a detailed explanation of how I got scammed so that you get an idea of how scammers are also scamming. I have listed some techniques these sellers use to get the most out of you.
How Paypal in Nepal scams are happening
This happened to me twice, and I will share a few images of the conversation and transaction.
This was my first experience of getting scammed.
This was a few months back, I wanted only $10 for a month of Netflix subscription, but they insisted I buy at least $20 worth of balance.
I agreed, thinking it won’t go waste anyway. I’ll use it sooner or later.
I paid him around 2200npr, and after a few minutes, he said there was an error; please buy a $70 balance. It will be easier for me.
It clicked on me, and there was no way he could not send me those balances. So, I requested a refund, and guess what he blocked me. And deleted his FB page.
The second Scam I faced
After getting scammed a few months back, I took special care to choose a seller. I wanted to buy a few subscriptions, and the total cost was around 45$
So, I decided to buy $10 worth of balance before paying in full to avoid scams this time, and I asked them their
- Personal number
- Citizenship (probably fake)
- Proof of Balance
After reviewing a few sellers, I stumbled upon Infotech Supplier’s Pvt. LTD, and surprisingly he has still not deleted his page.
He sent me all the documents I asked for, which were pretty good, and I was convinced he was legit.
But this one was even scarier than the first one.
Firstly I asked him the rate, which was 122/$. I agreed, and after a few chats and negotiations, I paid him fully.
He said I’m currently outside and on the bike, so it will take a few minutes.
I waited patiently, and after 5mins, he messaged me I’m sorry, but it seems I cannot do this transaction. Can you buy a little more?
The first thought was, “Ok! he’s a scammer,” but why would a scammer fully reveal himself? so, dumb me believed him and paid the whole 50$ and waited.
After a few minutes, I received an SMS and a message from him.
Dai, you must have received an OTP; please give me that fast.
It was password-changing Digital Wallet Khalti’s OTP. He must have gotten the number from the payment details.
It was surprising, saddening, and mostly angry as myself I let this happen to me again, and the loss this time was even bigger.
I wanted to see how far this scammer went as I had very little balance and a frozen bank, so there was nothing to lose.
- Me: Why do you need this OTP?
- He: Company related for verification only, do not worry. It will take a few minutes, and you will receive your balance.
As I wanted to see what he would do next, I gave him the OTP. He changed the password and immediately messaged one last OTP fast, fast.
It was a verification Linked Bank Account, and he wanted a load balance.
I knew what he was doing EVENTUALLY, but there are a lot of people in Nepal who are getting in scammed and getting looted.
I knew it was too late to ask for a refund, but still, I tried to scare him with a police case and also told him that my family is from a police background, but it did not work, and I lost a few thousand Nepali rupees in a few hours.
And no, I did not get my money back.
How are such scammers scamming in Nepal?
- They create new pages and add their service and promote it on FB.
- They either start with a low amount and then gradually start rising. Or
- They set a minimum balance such as $50
The rise of digitalization and online Digital wallets in Nepal has brought small and online businesses a boom, but on the other hand, many scams are also happening.
And the sad part is they target multiple users, such as Tiktok balance withdrawal service, Cashapp withdrawal, Paytm load and withdraw, and other popular services now available through Dollar Card in Nepal but still a hassle for many.
Please be aware and share this with your friends so that they won’t get scammed.