WhatsApp Alert: Beware of Fraudulent Message Offering False VIP Entry to Ayodhya Ram Mandir on January 22

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As the Pran Pratishtha ceremony for the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya approaches on January 22, a deceptive WhatsApp scam has emerged, posing a new threat to unsuspecting individuals. Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the excitement surrounding the event, targeting devotees with a fraudulent offer of free VIP entry. Here are the details of the situation.

WhatsApp users have reported receiving messages on the platform offering a free VIP pass for the Ram Mandir inauguration. However, these offers are fraudulent, and individuals should exercise caution. The misleading messages are circulating among people, with some users questioning their authenticity on social media platforms like X (previously Twitter). The deceptive message prompts users to download an APK file to secure their VIP access. Security experts caution that this file may potentially contain spyware or malware, putting individuals at risk of data theft. It is strongly advised not to download or open any links provided in such messages.

The message falsely congratulates recipients, claiming, “You are getting VIP access at Ram Mandir’s inauguration on January 22; download the VIP Pass by installing the application.” It is essential to note that neither the government nor the Ram Mandir Trust issues VIP invites in exchange for downloading apps. Legitimate entry is restricted to individuals with valid invitations or those officially involved in government duties.

To ensure a smooth event, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed authorities to cancel advance bookings at local hotels, prioritizing accommodation for individuals officially invited by the trust, as reported by Times of India.

Beyond the WhatsApp scam, concerns arise about fake websites offering complimentary prasad from Ayodhya Ram Mandir. Devotees are prompted to pay shipping charges, but the authenticity of these sites remains uncertain. Hence, it is advisable not to spend money on such offerings without receiving a legitimate message from the government. To avoid potential scams, users are urged to exercise caution online, stick to interacting with trusted websites, and rely on official government channels for information, while avoiding any suspicious requests or offers related to the upcoming inauguration.

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