Hyderabad: During the nationwide lockdown, all hotels and restaurants were shut. As people fear to visit restaurants, a message is going viral on social media that some famous restaurants like Sagar Ratna and Maharaja Bhog are giving two thalis free if one thali is bought.

The Facebook message reads. ‘BUY 1 THALI AND GET 2 THALI FREE ON FIRST ORDER CALL NOW 8389850867’ and this message is attached with a photo of Sagar Ratna restaurant.

BUY 1 THALI AND GET 2 THALI FREE ON FIRST ORDER CALL NOW 8389850867

#HOTEL#HOTEL-OFFER

Posted by Sagar Ratna restaurant on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

here is an archived Facebook post

Similar messages of other restaurants were viral on Facebook.

Fact Check:

The Facebook page which consists of this post doesn’t have anything else other than that and the page was created on June 17, 2020. Sagar Ratna is a famous restaurant with franchisees across north and north-eastern India.

Sagar Ratna fake offer

We searched for the original page of Sagar Ratna and found a post which says the hotel has officially not announced any such offers. The Facebook post read, “Disclaimer: We hereby inform all our esteemed patrons that it has come to our notice that some fraudsters are luring public with offers from Sagar Ratna like ‘Buy one Thali and get Two Thali free’.

These ads/offers may be phishing activities that may lead to commercial loss at your end for which Sagar Ratna cannot be held responsible. You are advised not to pay heed to any such offers as it is not endorsed by us. For more information, online ordering or loyalty offers, please visit us at www.sagarratna.in.”

Disclaimer: We hereby inform all our esteemed patrons that it has come to our notice that some fraudsters are luring…

Posted by Sagar Ratna on Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Maharaja Bhog which has its franchisees worldwide also shared on their official page to be beware of such false offers. “Please be aware of FAKE OFFERS MISUSING MAHARAJA BHOG’S NAME through calls, social media websites and fake pages or accounts on social media websites. Please cross check the authenticity of the offer with the respective outlets. For any queries, feel free to contact Team Maharaja Bhog at:
Website: http://www.maharajabhog.com/ E-mail: [email protected]”, read the Facebook post.

Please be aware of FAKE OFFERS MISUSING MAHARAJA BHOG'S NAME through calls, social media websites and fake pages or…

Posted by Maharaja Bhog India on Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Maharaja Bhog team also said that they have filed a complaint with the cybercrime police regarding the fraudulent posts.

While we are all battling through tough times, we at Maharaja Bhog wanted to spread a word of caution about an impostor…

Posted by Maharaja Bhog India on Saturday, April 18, 2020

Hence, the messages are fraudulent and it seems to be a phishing scam. No such offers are being offered by any such restaurants.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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