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Fraudulent websites in the name of ‘SBI’ and ‘Amul’ claim to gift money on their anniversary

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These purported online websites (here and here) of State Bank of India (SBI) and Amul are conducting online contests claiming to offer 50,000 rupees and 6,000 rupees each, on their 200th and 75th anniversary respectively. FACTLY received a query on its WhatsApp tip-line number (+91 9247052470) to check the authenticity of the websites.

The archived version of the websites can be seen here and here.

Claim: SBI and Amul are conducting contests to gift 50,000 rupees and 6,000 rupees each, on their 200th and 75th anniversary respectively.

Fact: These websites conducting an online contest in the name of ‘SBI’ and ‘Amul’ are fraudulent. According to the official website of SBI, it is not offering any gift of 50,000 rupees by conducting an online contest. ‘Amul’ through a social media post clarified that the contest to gift 6,000 rupees is a fake message. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.

SBI Contest (archived):

When we searched to check whether ‘SBI’ has conducted any such contest to gift 50,000 rupees, we could not find details of any such contest on the official website of ‘SBI’. According to the official website of SBI, the State Bank of India (SBI) a Fortune 500 company, is an Indian Multinational, Public Sector Banking and Financial services statutory body headquartered in Mumbai. It can be observed that the official ‘SBI’ website is completely different from the website that is conducting this survey for gifting 50,000 rupees. If SBI had conducted such an online contest for gifting 50,000 rupees, several news websites would have published articles reporting the questionnaire. But we could not find any such article on the internet.

When we searched for the details of the online website that is conducting an online contest for gifting 50,000 rupees, we found the details of that website on the ‘Whois.com’ database. This online website with the domain name ‘v0s.com’ was registered in November 2003, in China. This website has nothing to do with ‘SBI’. From all these pieces of evidence, it can be concluded that the purported website conducting this questionnaire in the name of ‘SBI’ is a fraudulent one.

Amul Contest (archived):

When we searched to check whether ‘Amul’ has conducted any such contest to gift 6,000 rupees, we could not find details of any such contest on the official website of ‘Amul’. We found posts (here, here, and here) by Amul on its various social media handles saying that the claim of a questionnaire to gift 6,000 rupees is a ‘fake message’. ‘Request you to kindly do not click on this (website) link. We also wish to inform you that Amul is not organising this campaign’.

When we searched for the details of the online website that is conducting an online contest for gifting 6,000 rupees, we found the details of that website on the Whois.com website. This online website with the domain name ‘preferabletask.xyz’ was registered in May 2021. This website has nothing to do with ‘Amul’. From all these pieces of evidence, it can be concluded that the purported website conducting this survey in the name of ‘Amul’ is a fraudulent one.

Another website (archived) has the same claim about Amul conducting a contest for 6,000 rupees, which is also fraudulent.

FACTLY had earlier debunked similar claims about contests offering gifts from TATA, SBI, and HAP. These articles can be read here, here, and here.

To sum it up, these purported websites of ‘SBI’ and ‘Amul’ conducting contests for gifting 50,000 and 6,000 rupees respectively, are fraudulent.

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