Taking advantage of the popularity of WhatsApp, fraudsters are now trying to spread fraud through this platform. Yesterday we reported the WhatsApp OTP scam. This time another fraudulent news came out through WhatsApp. To cope with the Corona situation, many voluntary organizations as well as the government made arrangements to accept donations. Fraudsters are taking advantage of this opportunity. In the name of accepting donations on WhatsApp, they are sending a link where you can be in danger if you click. Let’s find out how the fraudsters are doing their job in the name of the government.
A fake message has recently gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that the government has ordered a fund of Rs 1.30 lakh from citizens above the age of 18. A link is provided with this message asking to verify the eligibility of the donor by clicking. But be careful! Clicking on this link can leave your important information in the hands of hackers. Because the fact-checking agency PIB checked the message, no such request was made by the government and the message is completely false.
Claim: A message circulating on #WhatsApp claims that the Government has ordered payment of ₹ 130,000 as #Covid funding to all citizens above the age of 18.#PIBFactCheck: The claim is #Fake. No such announcement has been made by the Government. pic.twitter.com/NF8dH08wLW
– PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) November 24, 2020
In fact, many such links circulate on WhatsApp from time to time. Clicking on the link can take your banking information and other personal information into the hands of hackers. Moreover, many times any malware can be downloaded to your phone through such links. This malware can collect bank information, UPI information, etc. from your phone.
Recently another such fake message was circulating on WhatsApp. Where it was said that the Indian government will give free solar panels to everyone. For this a form was asked to be filled and a link was given. However, the PIB immediately informed that no such project has been launched by the government. The message was completely fake.