Update: We checked, and Hike no longer offers free talktime. They do offer free SMS' to users, judging by what is mentioned on the app. Earlier today: A translated transcript of a conversation (with emphasis) I had with a person who sent me a spam message inviting me to Hike, last month: Spammer: Hello Nikhil: Hello. I got a message on WhatsApp from you for Hike. Who are you and how did you get my number? Spammer: I'm *****. There's Google Plus. I got it from there. Nikhil: You got my number from Google Plus? Spammer: Yes Nikhil: No, but why are you sending me a Hike message? Spammer: I didn't know. There's Hike Messenger. Nikhil: Yes. Spammer: It says download Hike messenger, and chat using it, so I sent that. Nikhil: But why are you sending it to me? If you're downloading it, you're using it. Why are you sending it to me? Spammer: It has something where if you add even one customer, I get Rs 20 balance per customer. Nikhil: Who gives you Rs 20? Hike? Spammer: Yes. Meaning, it has this for everyone, if you add any customer, so I sent it to everyone. *** Nikhil: So you took numbers from Google+? Spammer: (You) made an acccount on Google+, yes? Nikhil: Yes. Spammer: So that had the number. Nikhil: Whose number? My number. Spammer: Everyone's number. Whoever I sent friend request, that's how I got it. (Note: I haven't got this person as a friend on Google Plus)…
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