Hyderabad: WhatsApp users are sharing a purported link of Tata Group with the claim that the company is giving a free car to lucky winners on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. The message urges users to click on the link to participate in the event and win a car.


Fact Check:

The message is a hoax. Tata Group is not offering a car.

The viral link leads to an unrecognized webpage that neither has the Tata Group's logo nor does it redirect to the main page. The questionnaire follows the pattern of a scam setup that has quite often been observed in such inauthentic links.

After answering the questions, the user is asked to select a gift box. It should be noted that NewsMeter conducted several trials and has noticed that at every trial a winner is selected at the second try. This indicates that not only is the link fake as everyone wins every time but apart from this, the webpage also stores the user's IP address, which clearly is a means of data theft and security breach.

Tata Group has also clarified and dismissed this viral link on Twitter and said, "Tata Group or its companies are not responsible for this promotional activity. Please do not click on the link and/or forward it to others."

People are advised to refrain from clicking on such suspicious links and entering their personal details on such websites as it could lead to data theft.

It is clear that the link is a hoax.

NewsMeter has reported similar hoax claims that can be viewed here, here, here, and here.


Claim Review :   Tata is giving away free car on its 150th anniversary
Claimed By :  Social Media Users
Fact Check :  False

Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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