QuickCheck: Can you earn easy money on TikTok via WhatsApp tasks?

OVER the last few months, people have been receiving part-time work SMSes from those claiming to represent the popular social media platform.

In the messages, personalities such as a "TikTok manager", "recruitment manager" or "TikTok Human Resources" claim that people can earn extra income to the tune of hundreds of ringgit if they complete certain online tasks provided via WhatsApp.

The tasks advertised include simply watching content, or commenting on and liking a certain number of videos.

Is the short-video format app really paying out commissions to Malaysians (or as the messages term it, "user with a good history") via such job opportunities?



In July, TikTok issued a statement on their official Facebook page on this issue saying that this is in fact a scam.

“Its (the people sending these messages) partners and activities are not affiliated with TikTok in any way. Do not fall prey to this scam and we encourage users to be vigilant and stay safe,” it said.

It specifically described these messages as a “TikTok-branded message sent via text message inviting users to subscribe to a WhatsApp service and perform tasks to gain monetary benefit”.

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