A link from an alleged “Google Pay” website is shared on social media claiming that Google Pay offered rewards until 1999 by scratching off a rewards card displayed on this website. Let’s check the assertion made in the message.
To claim: A purported Google Pay website offering alluring cash rewards up to Rs 1999.
Do: The website link shared in the message is fraudulent. After scratching the reward card, when you click on the blue button provided on this website, it will direct you to the Google Pay app on your mobile and ask you to pay the reward amount to an unknown bank account. Google Pay or any other digital wallet will not require its customers to pay money or enter a UPI PIN to accept money or receive cash rewards. Therefore, the claim made in the message is FAKE.
This alleged online website link shared by multiple users on social media is not the official site ‘Google Pay’ link. Google Pay has not announced any such rewards on its official website. Google Pay is a digital wallet and online payment platform that allows users to make contactless payments in person using mobile phones, in-store and on supported websites, tablets and watches . UPI transactions on Google Pay are completely online. Google Pay does not require its customers to physically collect cash rewards from their banks.
By scratching the reward card displayed on this alleged “Google Pay” website, we could see a reward amount revealed inside this scratch card. After scratching the reward card, when you click on the “CLAIM YOUR BANK REWARD” button provided on this website, it will direct you to the “Google Pay” app on your mobile and ask you to pay the same money from reward displayed in the scratch card to an unknown bank account.
Google Pay or any other digital wallet won’t ask their customers to pay money or enter a UPI PIN to accept money or receive cash rewards. Describing the scam of these so-called Google Pay websites, a few bloggers posted videos on their Facebook pages in 2020. From all this evidence, it can be concluded that the alleged Google Pay website offering alluring rewards until 1999 is fraudulent. In addition, the official “Google Pay” Twitter account also has replied to a few tweets describing these scam websites.
In short, this alleged link to the Google Pay website offering cash rewards up to 1999 is fraudulent.