Twitter has been in the news for the past couple of weeks and it seems controversy isn’t ready to part ways with the micro-blogging platform.
On Wednesday, February 17, the hashtag ‘#iPhoneScam’ was trending on Twitter with many users posting about how an alleged fraudster had been duping people by offering new iPhones are very low prices. The scam has been called out by a YouTuber and what has followed is a series of tweets and allegations against the alleged individual.
Let’s take a closer look at what has happened.
What we know
Recently, a YouTuber by the name of Nishant Kumar Singh uploaded a video online accusing founder and owner of Squeaks Media, Neel Patel, of multiple scams. Accompanying Singh in the video was another individual, Abhimanyu Singh Rana, as the duo discussed how Patel had been involved in various alleged scams.
Where Singh is known to make political videos on YouTube, Rana is an independent blogger and writes on politics.
There is a Twitter thread that lists the alleged scams Patel was involved in. They have also accused Patel of using his companies ‘Squeaks Media’ and ‘eGyaan’ to con people.
The highlight of the video however is the discussion on the ‘iPhone scam’.
As per the video, the duo has accused Patel of using his venture ‘NaaradPay’ to offer cheap iPhone to online customers. Patel has also been accused of bolstering his market credibility with the help of online influencers and not making the deliveries of the iPhones to customers who have made the payment.
The pair also alleges that only a few customers have received the deliveries just so that Patel can make people believe that the offer is genuine.
Understand the methodology:
If he collects money for 100 iPhones, he delivering iphone to 20-30 people while prioritizing deliveries to Twitter influencers.
The remaining 70 folks – who are probably not influencers – would get completely duped. Nothing ever reaches to them.
— Nishant (@nishant_india) February 16, 2021
While Singh and Rana have accused Patel of multiple scams, Patel has taken to Twitter to respond that the delay in the delivery of iPhones is only due to limited availability of the product. He has voiced his vexation about the allegations and had declared that the offer is not a scam and none of the allegations are true.
Creating unwanted controversy and forcing people to put a Tweet without listening side of story is what left now? Alr8 call me a scam but only with proof of after not getting proofs.
— NEEL (@nto1927) February 16, 2021
Currently, the trio is engaged in a verbal battle with supporters from each party joining the spat. The entire controversy has transformed into a cesspool of verbal abuse, memes and more allegations.