Meesho employee receives WhatsApp message from ‘CEO’ in latest startup scam

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A Twitter user has flagged a new style of scamming people – texting employees by pretending to be the CEO of their company. Shikhar Saxena, employee of online shopping platform Meesho, shared a screenshot of a WhatsApp message he received from a scammer.

The scammer texted Saxena by pretending to be the founder and CEO of Meesho, Vidit Aatrey. He asked Saxena to make a purchase on Paytm for a client, promising to reimburse him later. “I am currently on a conference call with a client and I need to provide this client with some gift. Can you confirm if you can make this purchase from Paytm? I will reimburse you,” the message from the con artist read.

Meesho employee Shikhar Saxena did not fall for the blatant scam but shared a screenshot of the exchange to warn others. “Latest scam in the startup world – message from the CEO,” he wrote while sharing the screenshot on the microblogging platform.

Reactions to the post were varied, but most people were amused by how easy it was to see through the scam.

“It’s not just the startup world. Even employees at established companies have received these messages from scamsters,” wrote one person in the comments section.

“I got this as an email,” another added. Some Twitter users also tagged the real Vidit Aatrey to make him aware of the scam being run in his name.

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Meesho employee receives WhatsApp message from ‘CEO’ in latest startup scam

A Twitter user has flagged a new style of scamming people – texting employees by pretending to be the CEO of their company. Shikhar Saxena, employee of online shopping platform Meesho, shared a screenshot of a WhatsApp message he received from a scammer.

The scammer texted Saxena by pretending to be the founder and CEO of Meesho, Vidit Aatrey. He asked Saxena to make a purchase on Paytm for a client, promising to reimburse him later. “I am currently on a conference call with a client and I need to provide this client with some gift. Can you confirm if you can make this purchase from Paytm? I will reimburse you,” the message from the con artist read.

Meesho employee Shikhar Saxena did not fall for the blatant scam but shared a screenshot of the exchange to warn others. “Latest scam in the startup world – message from the CEO,” he wrote while sharing the screenshot on the microblogging platform.

Reactions to the post were varied, but most people were amused by how easy it was to see through the scam.

“It’s not just the startup world. Even employees at established companies have received these messages from scamsters,” wrote one person in the comments section.

“I got this as an email,” another added. Some Twitter users also tagged the real Vidit Aatrey to make him aware of the scam being run in his name.

Disclaimer

We strive to uphold the highest ethical standards in all of our reporting and coverage. We StartupNews.fyi want to be transparent with our readers about any potential conflicts of interest that may arise in our work. It’s possible that some of the investors we feature may have connections to other businesses, including competitors or companies we write about. However, we want to assure our readers that this will not have any impact on the integrity or impartiality of our reporting. We are committed to delivering accurate, unbiased news and information to our audience, and we will continue to uphold our ethics and principles in all of our work. Thank you for your trust and support.

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Sarthak Luthra
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Hey, there! I am the tech guy. I get things running around here and I post sometimes. ~ naam toh suna hi hoga, ab kaam bhi dekhlo :-)

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