In many instances, people fall prey to messages that go viral on social media. Whatsapp is one such application which is used widely across the globe including India. Over 487 million people in India use Whatsapp as a primary source of medium to communicate.
One recent example is a message claiming 'people vaccinated against Covid-19 will receive a reward of Rs 5,000 from the government'.
The message written in Hindi - reads: 'An important information: Rs 5000 will be given from the Prime Minister's Public Welfare to those who got the Covid-19 vaccine'.
Additionally, the message also contains a link, asking users to fill in a form in order to receive the reward.
'The scheme is available only till July 30,' it reads further.
However, before you start forwarding this message to others, keep in mind that all of the claims made in this are entirely fake. The claim of a ' Rs 5,00 reward for getting vaccinated' is totally false.
The same has been clarified by the government through the Press Information Bureau of India.
According to WhatsApp, users must never click on such links, even out of curiosity. Such links may lead to a website or request to access personal information with disguised malware.
Covid-19 vaccination in India is provided free of charge at government facilities.
In private hospitals, the same is capped at a certain price depending on the vaccine or the state where you are.