Education Minister alerts people not to fall prey to online fraudsters promising free smartphones


· Vijay Inder Singla appeals people to beware of fake online sites and messages circulating on whatsapp and other social media platforms
· Warned cyber criminals to face dire consequences under Cyber Crime prevention laws
CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 14 (Punjab Mail)- Punjab Education Minister Mr. Vijay Inder Singla today cautioned people not to fall prey to the hands of online fraudsters, who are promising to provide free smartphones under the “Punjab Smart Connect Scheme”.
Taking strong exception of the messages circulating on whatsapp and other social media platforms, Mr. Singla said that Punjab Smart Connect Scheme is solely for 12th standard boy and girl students of government schools. And, they have been provided with smartphones only based on their enrollment in government schools. Thus, there isn’t any question arises that it is for other people.
The Education Minister firmly said that the state government has not launched any website or social media platform to register for such smartphones. Warning miscreants to face dire consequences for this kind of mischievous online fraud under cyber crime prevention laws, Mr. Singla asked people of the state not to follow any messages or click any URL message being circulated via instant messaging services like WhatsApp, SMS, which depicts registration for free smartphones given by the Government.
He warned that these kinds of phishing attacks could allow cyber-criminals to take control of your device. He informed that the circulating graphic carried a photo of the Punjab Chief Minister under the title “Captain Smartphone Distribution Scheme 2020” and online registration proforma.
Mr. Vijay Inder Singla urged people to remain extremely cautious about such messages URL links, adding that after getting such messages, don’t forward it to others and delete it immediately.