FAKE Alert: India’s Telecom Department is NOT giving free internet to all mobile users

A message is being circulated on social media along with a website link claiming that the Department of Telecommunications (DOT) is providing free internet to all the mobile users till May 3, 2020.

“*Covid-19: भारतीय दूरसंचार विभाग का एलान*
कोरोना महामारी के कारण 03 मई 2020 तक लाॅकडाउन के वजह से भारतीय दूरसंचार विभाग नें सभी मोबाइल यूजर को फ्री इन्टरनेट देने का ऐलान किया है ताकि आप घर बैठे अपना काम कर सके।
*कृपया घर में रहकर कोरोना वायरस (Covid-19) को फैलने से रोकें।*
*नोट:-* नीचे दी गई लिंक पर क्लिक करके अपना फ़्री रीचार्ज प्राप्त करें
👉🏼 https://mysafecovid19.com?internet
*कृपया ध्यान दे:* यह ऑफर केवल *03 मई 2020* तक ही सिमित है!” the message read.

Link to the above post.


NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found it to be false.

We checked the website and found that to avail this “offer”, one needs to provide one’s contact details and also the name of the service provider. We also noted that the spelling of ‘operator’ was wrong.

Screenshot of the website whose link provided in the viral message

Moreover, the provided website link is different from the actual website of the Department of Communication.

Screenshot of the actual website of the Department of Telecommunication.

The press Information Bureau (PIB) also clarified that the viral message is false.

It is clear beyond doubt that no such offer has been made by the DoT and that the post being circulated is FAKE.

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