New Delhi, June 4: A viral WhatsApp message is doing rounds on social media platforms claiming that the Central government is providing Phase 4 COVID-19 relief fund to people of the country. This fake information comes at a time when the country is battling the COVID-19 pandemic. The viral claim titled as 'Government support for COVID-19', urges people to apply for the fund online on a website named cutt.ly.
The fake claim states, "Apply for the government Phase 4 COVID-19 relief fund grant provided by the government. Hurry now, it takes just a few seconds to apply. Don't miss this opportunity". The WhatsApp forward further shares a link and urges people to apply to avail the benefit. COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Can Be Booked on Telegram Using 'MyGov Corona Vaccine Appt'? PIB Fact Check Debunks Fake News Going Viral on Social Media.
Debunking the false information, a fact check was done by the Press Information Bureau (PIB), which stated that the WhatsApp forward claiming that the Central Government is providing Phase 4 Covid-19 Relief Fund is fake. "This WhatsApp forward claiming that the Central Government is providing Phase 4 Covid-19 Relief Fund is #FAKE!", it stated. COVID-19 Fact Check Series: From Holding Breath For 10 Seconds As 'Self-Check Test' to ‘COVID-19 Three Stages’ Treatment Falsely Linked to Tata Health, 5 Fake Social Media Messages That Have Returned From 2020.
Here's the tweet by PIB:
This WhatsApp forward claiming that the Central Government is providing Phase 4 Covid-19 Relief Fund is #FAKE!
— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) June 4, 2021
Issuing a clarification, the PIB urged people not to believe in such forwarded messages and advised people never to disclose any personal information on these fraudulent websites.
WhatsApp forward claims that the Central Government is providing Phase 4 COVID-19 Relief Fund.
PIB Fact Check stated that the claim is fake and urged people not to believe in such forwarded messages.
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