Mumbai Police Videos On Answering '140' Calls Viral With False Claims

Mumbai Police made public service announcements in order to quell panic created by a publicity stunt by SonyLiv for its new show

Several videos showing public-service-announcements by the Mumbai Police on July 10, 2020, warning people not to answer calls from phone numbers beginning with '140', have gone viral on WhatsApp and social media.

These announcements by the police were made in response to a publicity stunt by SonyLIV - an online streaming service -for its upcoming show Undekhi where it cold called people on the morning of July 10, 2020, with a recorded message about witnessing a murder. The calls were made from a number beginning with 140 - a code commonly used by telemarketers in India.

Also Read: How SonyLIV's PR Stunt Created Panic And Fake News

SonyLiv faced a backlash online after several Twitter users reported the calls to Mumbai Police. The streaming platform issued an apology in which it claimed a test activity that had gone out accidentally.

However, the damage had already been done, with several WhatsApp messages warning that calls starting with the digits '140' should not be answered.

Viral clips

Following this, several Mumbai Police teams on patrol made announcements advising people not to answer calls from numbers which started with digits '140'.

It is not clear why but in some instances the policemen falsely claimed that a person's bank account would be emptied out if such a phone call was answered.

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Police clarification on the announcements made

BOOM earlier reached out to Harish Baijal, DIG, Cyber Security Maharashtra Police, who had confirmed that after complaints against the SonyLIV promotional calls, police mobile vans patrolling made the announcements seen in the viral clips.

"After the promotional calls by SonyLIV, many police mobiles on patrolling made announcements that the call is fake. The department has also issued an advisory about money being wiped out from your account clips which are viral," Baijal had then told BOOM.

The Maharashtra Cyber Police had also tweeted clarifying on the viral clips of constables. The cyber police had stated that there is no fact behind it as long as one does not reveal their bank account details, OTP or credit card / debit card number.

Maharashtra DIG Cyber Harish Baijal on '140' number calls:

Updated On: 2020-07-15T18:50:40+05:30
Claim :   Video shows police warning about calls from the number beginning with 140
Claimed By :  Facebook Posts
Fact Check :  False
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