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PSA: Reliance Jio Rs 498 free recharge message being sent on WhatsApp is fake

Reliance Jio is not offering free recharge to its customers and the messages on social media are fake.

Reliance Jio is not offering benefits of Rs 498 in the form of a free recharge. There is a message doing the rounds on social media platforms including WhatsApp right now. It claims that Jio is offering Rs 498 recharge benefits for free to its customers. The message highlights free unlimited voice calls and 4G data. It further claims that the free recharge offer is available only till March 31, 2020 and ask Jio users to click on the link attached with the message. Also Read - Facebook likely looking at a multi-billion dollar deal with Reliance Jio: Report

With this message, spammers seem to be luring people who might think this deal to be lucrative. With the government having announced 21 day lockdown to combat coronavirus spread in the country, these fake messages are doing the round on popular platforms. If you or your friends or family received this message then you should know that it is fake. Reliance Jio has not announced any such offer officially. It is advised that you don't fall prey to such attempt by fraudsters exploiting social media for personal gains. Also Read - Coronavirus Tracker app on Android is a malicious ransomware; security researchers explain how to unlock affected devices

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This fraudulent practice was first reported by Amar Ujala, which obtained the message. It reads, "Jio 498 , https://jionewoffer.online.. : 31 March !". The message can be translated to "Jio, in this difficult times, is offering free Rs 498 recharge to its every Indian user. To avail this free recharge, click on the link https://jionewoffer.online below. Please note: This offer is valid until March 31st)."

Photo: Amar Ujala

If you click on the link, there is an inherent risk of exposing your phone or computer to malware. These could be designed to steal credentials and personal information from your device. It is recommended that you check the source for any message before clicking on any kind of link. The easiest way to know that this fraud by looking at the website. This is not associated with the official website "www.jio.com".

It is also recommended not to trust websites that use https:// used for secure communication over a computer network. In this case, the website is masked with https:// address to make it look authentic. As always, never open any kind of a message or email sent by an unknown sender. If you see an offer or promotion, it is worth checking the official website. If something is listed as free then make sure you check thrice before clicking on the link.

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Published:Thu, March 26, 2020 4:50pm

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