Beware! Centre is not providing Rs 5000 COVID relief fund

Social media users are sharing a post claiming that the government has decided to give Rs 5,000 as a COVID-19 relief fund to each citizen. The message includes a link. Users claim people can instantly claim the amount by clicking on the link.

By Sabya Singh  Published on  28 May 2022 1:02 PM GMT
Beware! Centre is not providing Rs 5000 COVID relief fund

Hyderabad: Social media users are sharing a post claiming that the government has decided to give Rs 5,000 as a COVID-19 relief fund to each citizen.

The message includes a link. Users claim people can instantly claim the amount by clicking on the link.


Click here and here to view.

Fact Check

The claim is false.

When we opened the link attached to the viral post, it directed us to a website. This address (domain) differs from that of government websites, which generally end with 'gov. in' or 'nic. in'.

Regardless of how many times a person visits the website, the page will always display – 'Left 1936 FREE lockdown packages'.


When you click on any of the options on the page, it displays packages offering 5,000, 10,000 (not available), and 15,000 (not available). Whatever option is chosen, the user is directed to a page that asks what the free Rs 5,000 will be used for.

Comments are displayed after completing the survey. Users have mentioned that they received benefits from the website. Regardless of how many times the website is visited, the names of the 'beneficiaries' and 'timestamp' remain constant. Also, the number of 'likes' and 'comments' remains constant.

To receive the benefits, users must share the website on WhatsApp groups at the end of the survey. A government website is unlikely to include such steps for its schemes.

The image used as the thumbnail for the posted link depicts Nigeria's President's seal. As a result, it has nothing to do with India.

https://worksandhousing.gov.ng/css2/images/SealNigerianPresident.png

Hence, the claim is false.

Claim Review:Government approved free Covid 19 relief funds
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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