Author Archives: Arun Nag

Fact check: ‘Spoofed’ online banking message on nominee spreading

Banking scams are on rise in India with the latest one being when you add a beneficiary or nominee to your bank or fixed deposit account. An SMS message is received by many that says, “Dear customer, you recently added a nominee to your account XXXXX. You will be able to send funds to this nominee after 30 mins”. The ...

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Fact Check: Old image of a caravan of Trump supporters resurfaces with new claim

Social media posts featuring a caravan of vehicles claimed that Donald Trumps supporters were heading from California to Washington DC to protest the outcome of US Elections. This was just before the US Congress set to meet to confirm Biden’s victory finally. The claim read: “Just seen this on Twitter!! This Caravan is headed to DC from California RIGHT NOW!!!! ...

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No, Adani group doesn’t own Pune Junction; Fact Check

An image of a Platform Ticket Of Pune Railway Junction purportedly owned by Adani group is making rounds. It has ben shared by users on twitter and WhatsApp with a message: “Adani Railway, Railway Ab Hamari Niji Sampati Hai” [Now Railways are the property of Adani group.] It may be recalled that the context of the message relates to the ...

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Fact Check: No, Sony and its PlayStation never acquired by Microsoft as claimed on ‘Dec 28’

A Spanish website devoted to Hispanics has put out a breaking news on December 28, 2020 claiming that the global tech giant Microsoft has acquired the Japanese conglomerate Sony for $130 billion, including all its affiliated businesses and PlayStation as well. The headline read: “Microsoft acquires Sony with all its divisions, including PlayStation.” The article went on to describe the ...

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No, Barack Obama was not arrested for espionage; Fact Check

A fabricated report published by the Conservative Beaver, a Canadian news site with claims that former US President Barack Obama was arrested on charges of espionage for selling secrets to China has gone viral on Twitter. In its report published on Nov. 28, 2020, the website claimed in the headline: ‘Former President Barack Obama arrested for ESPIONAGE’, under its opinion section. ...

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Wild Claim that Hunter Biden ‘Dies’ On a Crack Overdose Surfaces; Fact Check

A viral message this morning claimed that former US Vice President and 2020 Presidential front-runner Joe Biden’s second son Hunter Biden, 49, dies of overdose of drugs. It was being shared widely on Chinese video platform GTV, a subsidiary of GTV Media Group, which was founded by Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, and Steve Bannon, a former advisor to President Donald ...

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