New Delhi: If you have received a call or a WhatsApp message from Amitabh Bachchan’s office at Kaun Banega Crorepati claiming you have won a Rs 25 crore lottery, don’t get too excited as it is a conman trying to steal your hard-earned money.
Viral claim: A viral message is being circulated on WhatsApp and social media that states that you have won a lottery prize of Rs 25 lakhs conducted by Kaun Banega Crorepati and JIO.
The message also carries pictures of Amitabh Bachchan, Mukesh Ambani and even Narendra Modi and claims that they have conducted this lucky draw.
In the photo, they have shared a WhatsApp number asking people to call them to claim the winning amount.
An analysis of keyword – KBC lottery on Google Trends shows a steep search volume during September 2020, which indicates a lot of people were targeted by the scammers and people were looking for ways to claim the lottery amount on the web.
Search volume and attack has gone up many folds as 12th season of the popular quiz show hosted by superstar Amitabh Bachchan started airing on Sony TV from September 28.
The truth behind the viral message:
A fact check by The420 shows KBC has not only any random lottery and it is a hoax. Every year scammers cash on the popularity of the show by sending messages or making call of people claiming that they have won the lottery. These scammers change the format of their modus-operandi slightly and start sending messages to random targets.
Earlier this year an 18-year-old girl and her mother fell prey to a similar gang and lost Rs. 1.45 lakh to the online scam. Daughter received a voice call on WhatsApp from an unknown caller who claimed to be a representative of the KBC show.
This year Delhi Police arrested three people involved in a similar kind of scam.