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What's giving Modi's digital push a bad name
NEW DELHI: The government’s Digital India push is now running into a firewall of tech-savvy fraudsters. Coming across instances of phishing sites misusing the government’s flagship schemes and debiting amounts from bank accounts to give fake LPG distributorships, government jobs and biometric devices, the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY) has directed all ministries to tread carefully on direct benefit transfers and run awareness programmes for beneficiaries.“MeitY is receiving many grievances related with payment gateways, which are being addressed on priority basis,” MeitY said in an advisory to all ministries. “On analysis of past grievances, it has been observed that many fake agencies/individuals are involved in fraudulent practices, in the name of government organisations.”The ministry has identified at least six common hi-tech modus operandi being increasingly employed. These include using names similar to government schemes to create phishing websites, using the logo of government schemes with photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Cabinet ministers to add authenticity, providing link of government sites to display affiliation to the Central government, alluring common people by promising government jobs by issuing fake appointment letters and extorting money and targeting newly-launched government schemes and trapping people because of lack of awareness. 66531688 MeitY has directed ministries and government departments to observe “due diligence to ensure that their schemes are not misrepresented by fake/fraudulent entities for extorting money from innocent people.”The ministry has suggested awareness schemes, identification of any fake scheme and lodging of FIRs and informing organisations like National Internet Exchange of India.MeitY has also flagged recent instances of fraud including a website,, which extorted money from people across states for becoming state partners and distributors of a fake scheme—Aapka Angootha, Aapka Bank. This website duped people to make payments for buying biometric devices.In another instance, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana was misused for fake allotment of LPG distributorship via a fake website with one letter difference—“It may be noted that there is just one letter difference between ‘Ujjwala’ and Ujwala. Similarly, fraudulent appointment letters were issued on fake government letterheads,” MeitY advisory has said.
Source: ET