Fact Check: Mobile data theft video is scripted

A video of a boy talking about a scam is widely being shared on social media.

By Tejal Sinha  Published on  4 Jan 2022 3:53 AM GMT
Fact Check: Mobile data theft video is scripted

Hyderabad: A video of a boy talking about a scam is widely being shared on social media.

The boy is demonstrating how a mobile repairman steals people's data by inserting software into their phones.

We can hear the boy requesting people to beware of such mobile servicemen.

NewsMeter received the viral video on WhatsApp.


The post is also being shared by users on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube




Fact Check

The claim is False.

NewsMeter firstly noticed the disclaimer that can be seen at 0:22 seconds.

The text of the disclaimer read, "This video is made for entertainment purposes. If it hurts any person's sentiment, it's purely coincidental."


The team performed a Google Reverse Image Search which led us to a video posted on a Facebook page 'Deepika Shah'. The video had 10 million views and around 78k shares.

The caption of the viral video read, "Without even letting the girls know, they easily transfer their personal pictures."

We found more videos on this page that are made for the purpose of awareness. In such videos, the same boy could be seen demonstrating.

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The team found a live recorded video uploaded on the same Facebook page, where the user is seen requesting people not to use their videos for the wrong purpose. "The videos on this page are uploaded with an aim to spread awareness in the society. It is to inform people how to tackle such situations. These videos are scripted," he says.

It is therefore evident that the claim is False. The viral video is scripted.

Claim Review:Beware of such mobile repairers
Claimed By:Social Media Users
Claim Reviewed By:Newsmeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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