How to avoid fraud on Google Pay
Digital payments make our life easy by enabling cash-free transactions. But, it has its own risks and vulnerabilities. Recently, a man residing in Thane, Maharashtra lost over Rs 1 lakh after a scamster requested for money through digital wallets. The victim posted an ad on a social media platform to sell his furniture. The scamster, pretending to be a buyer offered him to pay via mobile wallets – Paytm and Google Pay. However, instead of sending money, he requested for money and asked the seller to share received OTP. The victim thought that he was getting money, gave away the OTP, and was duped of over Rs 1 lakh money twice.
To secure yourself from such fraud payment requests, Google Pay allows you to block someone that you don’t know requests money from you. You can also block any individual that you don’t want to contact you on Google Pay.
The feature is available for both Android and iOS mobile platforms and requires a few simple steps to block people on Google Pay. The steps are same for both Android and iOS users. Here’s a step-by-step guide.
1. Open Google Pay on your smartphone
2. Now, slide your finger up to show contacts you have send/received money from
This will also show contacts who have requested money from you
3. Here, choose the person that you want to block and tap on it
4. If the number is saved in your Phonebook, tap on More (three dots at the top right of the screen)
5. Here you will find the Block option. Click on it
6. In case the number is not saved on your device, you will automatically see the Block option when you tap on its icon
Users can also report the number/contact as spam
Note: If you block someone on Google Pay, they’ll also be blocked on some other Google products, such as Photos and Hangouts.