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    Why WhatsApp used a classic Hindi song for its user-safety campaign ‘Scam Se Bacho’

    Why WhatsApp used a classic Hindi song for its user-safety campaign ‘Scam Se Bacho’

    Why WhatsApp used a classic Hindi song for its user-safety campaign ‘Scam Se Bacho’
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    WhatsApp and BBDO rework a nostalgic song like ‘Dekh ke Chalo’ to convey a strong message - ‘Scam Se Bacho’.

    Meta-owned messaging platform WhatsApp launched a user-safety campaign titled ‘Scam Se Bacho’, focusing on communicating its safety principles.
    ‘Scam Se Bacho’ is the brand's take on a classic Hindi song ‘Dekh Ke Chalo’. The music video and new lyrics demonstrate real-life situations in which individuals could be susceptible to scams and reinforce the message of staying safe and exercising caution while making digital payments.
    It is conceptualised by BBDO India and directed by Shimit Amin, Indian film director and editor known for award-winning films like Chak De! India.
    Manesh Mahatme, Director - Payments, WhatsApp India said, “While UPI continues to remain one of the safest, convenient and interoperable modes of making payments, India’s growing acceptance of online payments has also seen an increase in digital payment frauds." He added that "user safety is at the core of everything we do at WhatsApp."
    Talking about the campaign, Avinash Pant, Director - Marketing at Meta India, said, “Through this campaign, which is built on several real world scenarios that people face in their everyday life, our endeavour is to educate and empower users with all the information they need to safeguard themselves against any frauds while making digital payments."
    Indian ad veteran Josy Paul, who is chair and chief creative officer, BBDO India, said that the primary goal with this music video was to spread awareness and engage the audience sensitively on this subject.
    About the creative treatment, he said, "We decided to create entertainment that educates, rather than advertising. Our goal of reworking a fun nostalgic song like ‘Dekh ke Chalo’ was to use the power of music to convey a strong message that’ll help people relate to the moments that we collectively face in our lives. The song triggers memory structures that allow the audience to receive the message more easily. We hope it will echo with people to be more aware the next time."
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