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Fact Check: Government Will Give Rupees 5,000 to Vaccinated Individuals?

Free Press Journal

 

A fraudulent link is being circulated on social media, claiming that the centre would give rupees 5,000 to all those who have been vaccinated. 

A message is being sent, along with a link that leads to a website, which asks for an individual’s name, name of the vaccine taken, number of family members, and contact number. 

The link leads users to a fake government website: https://pm-yojna.in/5000rs/.

After several steps, the user ends up on a randomized page. The central government’s fact-check handle has clarified that it has not announced any monetary reward for individuals getting vaccinated.

The message in Hindi states that Pradhan Mantri Jan Kalyan Vibhaag is providing Rs 5,000 to all those who got the vaccine against COVID-19 and that citizens must register for the same via the link attached to the message. It further added that the provision would only be available till 30th July 2022.

WebQoof, the Quint’s fact-check found that the link asked for details like the user’s name, the COVID-19 vaccine taken, the number of family members, and phone number. 

Here is the link: https://pm-yojna.in/5000rs/

On the top of the landing page, a text in Hindi read, “Kalyan Vibhaag is providing Rs 5,000 as a financial subsidy. Fill up the form to apply and take the benefit of this scheme.”

The images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other logos of ‘Make in India’, ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’, and ‘Aarogya Setu’ were also seen on the page.

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On filling up the details, the link directs the user to another page, which asks the preference of where the user wants the money to be debited, along with the name.

After submitting the above-mentioned details, the website directs you to another page, which asks the user to choose a data plan for three months. It shows the logos of telecommunications services companies: Jio, Airtel, Vodaphone Idea, and Bharat Sanchar Nigam (BSNL).

When followed, a message to forward this to multiple people on WhatsApp is displayed. By continuing, the netizens are directed to two other random websites!

Verdict:

The message on social media that government would give rupees 5,000 to all those who are vaccinated is fake, as the link it contains is fraudulent!

References: The Quint

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