DoP: India Post warns customers against fraudulent websites claiming to offer subsidies

The Department of Post (DoP) has warned its customers by sending text messages asking them not to fall prey to fraudulent applications offering government grants through India Post.

India Post sent messages to its customers stating: “Dear DOP Customer, Beware of Fraudulent Claims to Provide Government Grants through India Post. For Info – https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID =1819189.”

The Ministry of Communications in its PIB statement said, “India Post is not involved in any activities such as announcing grants, bonuses or prizes based on surveys etc. The public receives such messages through emails, SMS, Whatsapp, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are requested not to believe or respond to these fake and falsified messages or share any personal information.

It also asked customers not to share personally identifiable information such as date of birth, account numbers, mobile numbers, place of birth and OTP, etc.

In no event shall India Post be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, punitive or consequential damages of any kind with respect to such communications.

While India Post follows various methods of protection, while taking necessary measures to prevent such URLs/links/websites from being removed.

The general public is reminded not to believe or respond to any false or misleading messages, communications or connections.

Through social media, India Post and the Press Information Bureau fact-checking unit found these URLs/websites to be fake.