Along with the problems posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an epidemic of fake news. Several misleading claims are spreading at an alarming rate on social media to defraud people. Recently, a post that went viral claimed that the Center was offering free mobile top-up for three months to Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel and Vi (Vodafone Idea) users to celebrate milestones in COVID-19 vaccination.

The message read: “Due to the record number of vaccinations in the country, all Indian users are offered a free top-up for three months. If you are a customer of Jio, Aprtel or Vi, you can take advantage of this offer.”

The message also asks users to click on a suspicious link to take advantage of this offer. In the end, he claims that the offer will be valid until December 20, 2021.

However, destroying the fake news, the Press Information Office’s fact check indicated that no such announcement had been made by the government. “Do not share or forward any of your personal information on the link of such a bogus message,” GDP fact check tweeted.

Meanwhile, India’s COVID vaccine coverage has reached nearly 133 crore, with the country administering more than 87 lakh doses until 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. According to CoWIN, vaccination is carried out at more than 1 lakh of sites.

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This is not the first time that fraudsters have used social media platforms to share false statements. In August, a similar article went viral claiming that the Indian government was providing one year of free internet access to celebrate India’s gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. However, the GDP was quick to label it as bogus.

“This claim is false. The Indian government has not made any such announcement regarding free top-up. Please do not share your personal information on such bogus links,” PIB said.