Over the recent days we have been observing various URLs/Websites getting circulated in social media such as WhatsApp, Telegram, Instagram and through emails / SMS containing tiny URLs/ Short URLs, claiming to be providing Government Subsidies and lucky draw through certain surveys, quizzes by Indian Post.
On investigation, we haven’t found any such announcement by the government of India through Indian Post, so we contacted the Indian Postal Department, who accordingly shared a Press release, debunking the fake messages or the claims.
Ms J.Charukesi, Chief Postmaster General, West Bengal, Sikkim and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, in the released said, “We wish to inform the citizens of the Country that India Post is not involved in any such activities like announcing Subsidies, Bonus or Prizes based on Surveys etc. Public receiving such notifications/messages /emails are requested not to believe or respond to such fake and spurious messages or share any personal details. It is also requested not share any personally identifiable information such as date of birth, Account numbers, mobile numbers, place of Birth and OTP etc.”
Ms Charukesi further added, “India Post though is taking necessary action to prevent these URLs / links / Websites to be taken down through various prevention mechanisms. Public at large is once again requested not to believe or respond to any fake / spurious messages / communications / links.”
एक नकली वेबसाइट 'https://t.co/KNXxIs7nY6 India Post की 170वीं वर्षगांठ पर लकी ड्रा करने का दावा कर रही है। भारतीय डाक/डाक विभाग का ऐसी गतिविधि से कोई लेना-देना नहीं है। ऐसी धोखाधड़ी गतिविधियों से सावधान रहें। pic.twitter.com/IjbLnZHNIa
— India Post (@IndiaPostOffice) April 7, 2022
So, it is very important for us to understand and verify the authenticity of any information that comes to us and act accordingly and not to fall trap of scammers on internet.
Claim: Government Subsidies and lucky draw through Indian Post survey in order to win up to 20,000/- INR
Conclusion: No such link is generated by Indian Post and no government subsidy through Indian Post announced by Government of India.
NB: Don’t share or forward any misleading information on your social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp, by doing so you are also becoming someone, who is creating panic and confusion among the larger mass and this is a punishable offense.