In a bid to exploit the fervor surrounding the long-awaited inauguration of the grand Ram temple in Ayodhya, scammers are capitalizing on the excitement and attempting to dupe devotees with deceptive tactics.
Reports have surfaced of individuals receiving fraudulent WhatsApp messages promising free VIP passes to the consecration ceremony, which, in reality, are nothing more than a hoax.
The ‘pran pratistha’ (consecration ceremony) of Ram Lalla is scheduled to take place today in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, unscrupulous individuals are taking advantage of this auspicious occasion by luring unsuspecting devotees into downloading an APK file through these misleading messages. The attachment, purportedly offering VIP entry, may contain malware capable of corrupting recipients’ phones.
To raise awareness about this scam, Cyber Dost, the cybersecurity handle of the Government of India, has issued a cautionary message accompanied by a popular Bollywood meme. The meme, inspired by the film ‘Hera Pheri’ and featuring actors Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, and Paresh Rawal, advises citizens to refrain from clicking on suspicious links and making payments to unauthorized websites.
The official tweet from Cyber Dost emphasizes the importance of vigilance: ”Beware of recent online frauds: Fraudsters may convince you for Fake passes of VIP Entry regarding “Pran Pratishtha Event” of Shri Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
Don’t click any suspicious link and avoid transaction in this regard to unknown number or website.” The tweet includes tags to several government handles to ensure widespread dissemination of the warning.
It is crucial to note that only individuals with valid invitations or those on government duty will be granted entry to the temple. The ‘pran pratishtha’ ceremony is scheduled to commence at 12:20 pm and is expected to conclude by 1 pm. Subsequently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a gathering of over 7,000 attendees, including seers and prominent personalities.
The temple trust has extended invitations to more than 7,000 individuals, encompassing cricket stars such as Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, and MS Dhoni, as well as Bollywood luminaries like Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth, Anushka Sharma, Alia Bhatt, and Ranbir Kapoor.
In recognition of the monumental occasion, several states have declared a half-day or a holiday for government offices, boards, and corporations. Following the consecration ceremony, the general public will have the opportunity for ‘darshan’ at Ayodhya’s Ram temple starting from January 23.
Devotees can avail themselves of two designated time slots – from 7 AM to 11.30 AM and 2 PM to 7 PM – with a pass issued by the trust being a prerequisite for attending the aarti. As the auspicious event unfolds, caution and awareness remain paramount to thwart the efforts of scammers seeking to exploit the enthusiasm surrounding this historic moment.