‘Get Aadhaar Card details of any person for Rs. 500’ is a Hoax!
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WhatsApp has been popular for two reasons; one for being the most convenient messaging app, and the other for being a source of rumours and false news. The messaging app has come under scrutiny several times after its creators failed to come up with a mechanism that can detect and stop the spreading of false news among the app users.
Recently, a WhatsApp message read ‘Get Aadhaar Card details of any person for Rs. 500’ became viral. Shockingly, some of the users reportedly paid to the advertiser to get other’s personal details.
To prove that it is nothing but a hoax, journalists from ‘The Tribune’ newspaper approached the advertiser of the message. The respective advertiser sent the journalists Login IDs, Passwords and a web page link where these needed to be entered. On paying Rs. 300, the advertiser also transferred ‘Aadhaar Card’ printing software.
Post this, ‘The Tribune; journalists approached the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) officials. The concerned officials stated that the leakage of Aadhaar Data will be a ‘national security breach’. The officials also confirmed that, except for the UIDAI Director, and an official data entry operator in Chandigarh, Punjab, no one else can log in.
The message claiming to release Aadhaar details for Rs. 500 is clearly a scam laid to trap innocent people, who run after other’s personal details.
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