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Debunking the Money Received Scam on UPI payment apps like Google Pay

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Legitimate transactions and errors can usually be resolved within the platform, and it's essential to report any suspicious activity to Google Pay for investigation.

In an age of digital payments and mobile wallets, convenience and speed have become the norm. Google Pay is one of the popular digital payment platforms that millions of people rely on for quick and easy transactions. However, with the rise in digital payment usage, scammers have also adapted their tactics to exploit unsuspecting individuals. One such scam is the "Money Received" scam on Google Pay. In this article, we will debunk this scam and provide tips on how to stay safe while using Google Pay. Several social media handles have posted about this scam. The social media post reads:

"Dear Citizens, Be alert, Now a new funda fraud has started, someone deliberately sends money to your account or Google Pay and calls you and tells you that this money has gone to your account by mistake, you should send it back to my number. If you send money back to them, your account gets hacked and your account is hacked. So don't return any money received online. They should be told to come and take them in person. Take note. This fraud has started now be careful thanks."

Understanding the "Money Received" Scam

The "Money Received" scam typically involves a fraudulent sender who sends you a payment on Google Pay, claiming it was sent by mistake. The scammer may use various pretexts to initiate contact, such as claiming they accidentally sent you money meant for someone else or requesting a refund due to an error. The ultimate goal of the scammer is to convince you to send the money back, often through a different payment method.

Debunking the Scam

  1. Verify the sender: In most cases, scammers use unfamiliar or suspicious email addresses or phone numbers to send money. Always verify the identity of the sender before taking any action. If you don't know the person, exercise caution.

  2. Never send money back immediately: Scammers often pressure victims to send money back urgently. Take your time to investigate the situation. Legitimate payment errors can usually be resolved through Google Pay's built-in dispute resolution process.

  3. Use Google Pay's dispute resolution: Google Pay provides a dispute resolution system for transactions. If you receive money from an unfamiliar source or suspect a scam, use this feature to report the issue to Google Pay. They will investigate and guide you on the appropriate steps to take.

  4. Be cautious of overpayments: Some scammers send more money than they claim to have intended, hoping that the victim will send back the excess amount. Be suspicious of such transactions and don't refund anything until you've confirmed the legitimacy of the payment.

  5. Avoid sending money through other means: Scammers often request that victims send money back through methods like bank transfers, gift cards, or cryptocurrency. Stick to using the same platform (Google Pay) for any refund or repayment.

  6. Educate yourself: Stay informed about common scams and fraud tactics. The more you know, the better you can protect yourself from falling victim to scams.

  7. Enable security features: Use the security features offered by Google Pay, such as two-factor authentication (2FA) and PIN protection, to add an extra layer of security to your account.


While Google Pay and other digital payment platforms offer incredible convenience and speed, they can also attract scammers looking to exploit unsuspecting users. The "Money Received" scam is just one of many fraudulent schemes targeting users. By staying vigilant, verifying senders, using dispute resolution systems, and being cautious when dealing with unexpected payments, you can protect yourself from falling victim to such scams.

Remember that legitimate transactions and errors can usually be resolved within the platform, and it's essential to report any suspicious activity to Google Pay for investigation. By taking these precautions and being aware of potential scams, you can enjoy the benefits of digital payments while keeping your finances secure.

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