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Fact Check: This Viral Message on Amazon’s ‘Great India Sale’ Is Fake

Vishvas News investigated and found that this message viral in the name of Amazon’s Great Indian Sale is fake. It has nothing to do with Amazon. Clicking on such unverified and clickbait links can steal personal information.

  • By Vishvas News
  • Updated: August 26, 2020

New Delhi (Vishvas News): A message is going viral across social media platforms in the name of Amazon shopping site. It is claimed that Amazon has become India’s number one shopping website and is giving an opportunity to win prizes in its spin and win the contest of Great India Sale. A link is also being shared with the message. Vishwas News also received this claim for fact check on its fact-checking WhatsApp chatbot. Vishvas News investigated and found the post to be fake.

Claim

The viral message on social media shared in Hindi roughly translates to: Thank you for making Amazon India’s number one shopping website. Amazon is now giving an opportunity to win prizes in its spin and win contest of Great India Sale. Click here to win: https://bit.ly/free-gift4-you . ‘The screenshot of the message received on Whatsapp can be seen here:

We received a similar message on Facebook. A Facebook user named Aysha Khan shared the same claim with a different link. The archived version of his post can be viewed by clicking here.

Investigation

Vishvas News started its investigation by clicking on the link shared in the posts. The link did not take us to Amazon’s website. The link found on Facebook redirected to http://mrspin.in which is a gaming website whereas the link we received on WhatsApp message redirected us to another website.

We performed a Google Search using appropriate keywords (Amazon, Spin and win, Great India Sale etc.). We did not find any information related to Great India Sale. When Amazon organizes such an event, it is widely covered in media.

We contacted Amazon regarding the viral message on Twitter. Amazon replied from its official Twitter handle stating that the link is incorrect. Not only this, Amazon also warned to avoid clicking any such link or sharing your personal information. The response from Amazon on Twitter can be seen here:

One should beware of the clickbait links. In this regard, we spoke to Abhishek Pandey, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Uttar Pradesh. He said: “Unverified and such clickbait links steal users’ personal information and this can lead to financial fraud.”

We performed the social scanning of the Facebook user Aysha Khan who shared the message on Facebook. According to the information given on her profile, the user is based out of Muzaffarnagar.

Conclusion

Vishvas News investigated and found that this message viral in the name of Amazon’s Great Indian Sale is fake. It has nothing to do with Amazon. Clicking on such unverified and clickbait links can steal personal information.

Conclusion: Vishvas News investigated and found that this message viral in the name of Amazon’s Great Indian Sale is fake. It has nothing to do with Amazon. Clicking on such unverified and clickbait links can steal personal information.

  • Claim Review : Amazon is giving an opportunity to win prizes in its spin and win the contest of Great India Sale
  • Claimed By : Aysha Khan
  • Fact Check : False
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