A link is circulating on WhatsApp with the message that Indian Oil Corporation, a central public sector body, is providing special subsidy to consumers. The message coincides with the corporation’s 65th anniversary. Checking the truth of what it is.
The circulating URL is not the official link of Indian Oil Corporation (IOC). IOC official website link is- https://iocl.com/
Announcements related to the company are made only through the official site. A check of the site confirmed that no such provision was made. Moreover, the 65th anniversary of the IOC is coming up in 2024 (it was founded on June 20, 1959).
Circulating link opened for further verification. Landed on a page that appears to belong to the IOC. It contains four questions related to the company. It is claimed that the lucky person who answers these questions will win $8000.
It is a common logic that a public sector organization in the country will not pay remuneration in dollars. Moreover, after the first mention of fuel subsidy, the latter is written in the form of reward.
A security check of the website also confirmed that it is not a secure site. Based on the information available, it can be confirmed that the link being circulated is fake.
Scams through such links offering gift offers are now rampant. These will leak personal information from the phones of those who open them. This method is known as Phishing. Kerala Police has warned against phishing scams through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keralapolice/photos/a.135262556569242/4946112585484191
Indian Oil Corporation’s 65th anniversary campaign of giving special subsidy to consumers is bogus. This is a scam that steals users’ personal information through phishing. Such links should not be opened or shared with others.