Telegram scams and other forms of internet scams

On March 12, 2024, we were alerted to fraudulent activities via the Telegram app where individuals presented themselves as Adssential employees, promising potential quick and (excessively) high earnings (in this case, for monitoring Instagram pages). It appears we are so superb that someone decided to (mis)use our name! Telegram scams, unfortunately, have become a daily occurrence.

First and foremost, it’s important to highlight: ADSSENTIAL WILL NEVER CONTACT YOU THROUGH ANY MESSAGING APP, such as Telegram, offering you a job, quick earnings, or anything else. This rule likely applies to any serious company.

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So, what exactly is it about?

Industry colleagues report that several Croatian digital agencies’ names were misused during the specified period. This misconduct was consistent across all involved agencies. Similar forms of Telegram scams have been globally present for years, utilizing the names of companies from around the world.

Scams are increasingly common in daily life, utilizing channels like email, phone calls, SMS, and messaging apps. It’s crucial to remain vigilant as scammers creatively lure victims into traps. Scams usually involve the theft of personal information or inflict financial damage on the victims. In the aforementioned case, scammers even deposit a certain amount to the victim after they complete the first task (following a few pages), all to gain their trust. It’s crucial never to fall for such schemes! If you’re interested in this topic, explore numerous related cases daily on various forums and Reddit. Reddit. Below, we’ll list several characteristics of Telegram scams (and others) and advice on how to timely recognize and avoid them.

What is the purpose of these types of Telegram scams?

The goal of the scammers is to lure victims with promises of quick earnings, for which they must perform certain tasks. In the mentioned case, it involves following Instagram pages, and often these can be similar nonsense such as writing reviews, subscribing to YouTube channels, and the like – any activity that seemingly creates a situation where you are doing real work for which you will receive compensation. The offers were in amounts ranging from 100 to 250 USDT per day, which is a cryptocurrency equivalent in value to the US dollar. High amounts should immediately be alarming: why would someone offer so much money for such a simple task? Also, it raises the question of why someone would contact you out of the blue offering extraordinary earnings with minimal effort, and that too via a messaging app? Below is a screenshot showing what such messages look like.

Screenshot iz aplikacije Telegram koji prikazuje prevarante na djelu kako pokušavaju izvesti scam nudeći lažnu zaradu.

Regarding the aforementioned case, the offer was nonsensical. Social networks enable paid marketing campaigns to gain followers cheaply, targeting specific demographics like age or interests. The profitability calculation for any involved party is nonsensical. Scammers often claim that their company received payment for similar work. If something sounds too good to be true, it’s not true. In conclusion, any job offers or opportunities to gain material benefits via messaging apps are most likely scams. Keeping this in mind will make your online presence safer!

What other types of scams exist?

Apart from the situation with fake profiles on messaging apps, the internet is full of various forms of scams. Examples include emails claiming that your account on a social network will be blocked unless you act immediately, encouraging you to log in on a fake page, thereby allowing scammers to take your login information. There are also messages through messaging apps inviting you to a job interview for a position you never applied for, asking you to download certain documents that contain viruses. There are fake SMS messages from delivery services asking for payment for the delivery of non-existent packages, and day by day, we witness new forms of scams, unfortunately too numerous to list all.

How to avoid Telegram scams?

To avoid falling into the trap of similar scams, it’s crucial to always be skeptical and conduct additional checks. Here are some tips specifically for avoiding scams through Telegram or similar messaging apps:

do not trust promises of quick and easy money offered by unknown individuals

the information of individuals and legal entities is mostly publicly available today, so even if someone presents themselves as an employee of a company, be aware that scammers can find most of the company information (such as address, photos, etc.) online in just a few minutes and share it with you in an attempt to gain trust

do not download files sent by unknown individuals

do not open links from unknown individuals

pay attention to the language and manner of communication of the people who contact you (scammers often use poor English, Croatian, or another language in which they try to achieve their goal)• Never leave your personal data, such as documents (ID card) or bank card details (especially not the CVV number).
for communication with any legal entity, use exclusively official channels for business communication and avoid informal communication through messaging apps

We hope these guidelines will be useful to someone. If the worst happens, report the scam to the competent authority – in the Republic of Croatia, this is the Ministry of the Interior (MUP). Report the profiles from which the scam was committed directly in the app, and save screenshots if possible.