A fake message about the extremely popular game show Kaun Banega Crorepati is doing the rounds on WhatsApp.
The message says lures the reader by mentioning that its good news for him that his mobile number has won a Rs. 25 Lakhs lottery. The message also asks the reader to contact one Mr. Rana Pratap Singh on the number shared.
“Aapke liye good news hai aapke iss number pe Kaun Banega Maha Crorepati ki Janab se Aapke is number pe 25 lakh rupay ka lottery laga hai lottery hasil karne ke liye is number par contact kare. Rana Pratap Singh- 0017726175812”
One of the victims of this fake message, Aakash Shah, posted a screen shot of this message on twitter on 11th September. He also tagged Mumbai Police, KBC Sony, Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis along with the host of the show, Amitabh Bachchan. Shah brought the message to the notice of people through social media so that they too can be alerted. He stated that fake people were calling him saying they were from KBC.
— AAKASH SHAH (@AAKASHSHAH93) September 12, 2018
The Mumbai Police Twitter handle promptly responded, instructing Aakash not to share any sensitive details over a call and to report to the nearest police station.
Please do not share any sensitive details over a call and visit the nearest police station for further support.
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) September 12, 2018
Boom Live contacted Shah to get more details about the incident who said,
“First he (the caller) called me up on WhatsApp call saying you have won Rs 25 lakhs of lottery in which you participated which I never did. He asked me to call on the number and tell him the lottery number but I just cut the call because it was from another country and later I found out it was from Pakistan. He just later messaged the picture. That’s it.”
Further investigation was done by the fake news websiteby dialing on the number (+923088556439) from which Aakash Shah received the WhatsApp message. A man who answered the call and identified himself as Ahmed Raza said that this was his residence number in Multan, Pakistan and he had nothing to do with any lottery business.
However, the whatsapp profile image on the same number showcased an image of KBC. Raza could not explain the origin of the image and refuted any claims, stating that someone could be misusing his number.
This is not the first time a fake message with KBC brand is doing the rounds. Earlier in January this year, a car mechanic lost over Rs. 1 lakh to a ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ scam over a period of 10 days after he deposited the money into multiple bank accounts handled by fraudsters. The lottery amount quoted then by fraudsters to the mechanic was Rs. 35 lakh.
The popular game show has been successfully running for nearly past two decades now.