Claim: A fake message has been going around on social media with a link to register yourself if you have worked between the years 1990 and 2020 because then you have a right to receive a benefit of Rs. 1,20,000 from the Ministry of Labour and Employment.
However, this is a false claim and the website is a hoax.
The post was shared multiple times of social media platforms including WhatsApp.
The caption read, “The workers who worked between the 1990 and 2020, have the right to receive the *benefit of ₹120000 from Ministry of Labour and Employment*. Check if your name is in the list of the people who have the rights to withdraw this benefits.”
Same message was being circulated on WhatsApp as well.
The message going around is false and the government of India has not claimed any such benefits for people.
The Press Information Bureau (PIB) clarified the same by tweeting about it and denying the claims. The tweet said, “#PIBFactCheck: Its #FakeNews! There is no such announcement by Govt. of India. Beware of such fraudulent websites.”
The website attached on Facebook posts has a domain name as “.za” which is not used in India but only in South Africa.
Moreover, we found that the .za domain name is used in South Africa and not in India. The .za domain Name Authority (.ZADNA) is a not-for-profit organisation that manages and regulates the .za namespace. ‘.ZADNA’ is accountable to the South African Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services.
Hence, the message circulated was fake and not a central government initiative.