A message Reliance Jio is giving over nearly a lakh users free recharges worth ₹349, to celebrate Mukesh Ambani becoming the world's sixth richest person, is fake. The message falsely states that 99,000 Jio users would receive a recharge - worth ₹349 - from Nita Ambani for free and is being shared with a spam link unrelated to the telecom service provider.
This message is part of a series of fake messages surrounding Jio recharges; this time riding on Mukesh Ambani leapfrogging into the world's top-five richest persons by wealth, due to a surge in the stock prices of his company, Reliance Industries. Previously, free recharges worth ₹498 were being promised under the guise of a lockdown giveaway, as it was viral during the COVID-19 pandemic induced nationwide lockdown in March.
The message has captions in two different languages - English and Hindi. Both commonly end with, "This offer can end anytime."
|Hindi Caption||English Caption |
Jio ऑफर 2020 में मुकेश अंबानी दुनिया के 6th सबसे धनी व्यक्ति बनने की खुशी में नीता अंबानी ने 99 हजार Jio यूजर को 349 का 3 महीने वाला रिचार्ज फ्री में देने का वादा किया है तो अभी नीचे नीले रंग की लिंक पर क्लिक करके अपने नंबर पर रिचार्ज करें।
कृपया ध्यान दे: 🙏🏻 ये ऑफर कभी भी ख़त्म हो सकती है।
* JIO OFFER * in 2020 * MUKESH AMBANI * in the happiness of becoming the * 6th * most person in the world, Neeta Ambani 99 thousand jio users have promised to give a 3 month recharge of * 349 * to free, then click on the link below to recharge your number.
* PLEASE NOTE: 🙏🏻 * this offer can end anytime.
BOOM recieved the Hindi variant of the message on its helpline (77009065888), with the English caption being on Facebook
The claim is also being shared on Facebook
Mukesh Ambani's wealth has added $22.3 billion in wealth since the beginning, as shares of Reliance Industries zoomed 135% from lows in March on the back of deals he struck with companies like Facebook and Google that consisted of a stake sale in Jio to them. On Friday July 24th alone, he added $3.5 billion, according to a Bloomberg estimate, making him the fifth richest man in the world, worth $77.4 billion dollars. Forbes' real-time billionaire tracker too puts him as the fifth richest in the worth, valued at $80.5 billion, just $4.5 billion behind Mark Zuckerberg.
BOOM found that there is no such scheme that offers free recharges for users. Previously, a Reliance spokesperson had denied to BOOM that such websites were connected to the company. BOOM has written to a Reliance spokesperson for their comments on these forwards and the story will be updated upon a response.
The fake website carries a picture of Ambani, and asks one to fill in their name and mobile number. One of the red-flags shows is that is doesn't matter what name or number is inputted in the text-field. It could be a number lesser or more than 10-digits; the standard mobile number length in India.
Later, the website asks users if there is a Jio tower in their area, if the internet speed is good, and if the user supports Jio's 5G initiative, with these answers to be given in 'yes' or 'no'.
Regardless of the sequence of answers (or you could not answer at all, and it will still proceed), the website then states that a request has been put up, which would only be confirmed on sharing the message another 10 times on WhatsApp.
The site then proceeds to confirm the recharge, stating that it will be credited in five to six days.
Previously, BOOM has also debunked a fake ad racket on Facebook where such fake ads masqueraded themselves as legitimate Flipkart ads to scam people.
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