In social media a fake UPI IDs is circulating on the pretext of PM CARE’s fund to contribute and help in the government's fight against coronavirus


News Claim: In social media, fake UPI IDs are being circulated on the pretext of PM CARE’s fund to contribute and help in the government's fight against coronavirus.

Facts Check Verdict: True

News Verification: The government has warned donors against fake UPI IDs doing the rounds on the various social media platforms. "Beware of Fake UPI ID being circulating on the pretext of PM CARES Fund. #PIBFactcheck: The correct UPI ID of #PMCaresFunds is pmcares@sbi," PIB Fact Check tweeted.

“Please note, the correct UPI ID of PM CARES Fund is pmcares@sbi Thanks to alert citizen @bishwesh0604 for getting a fake UPI ID pmcare@sbi blocked. Legal action has been initiated," the Delhi Police tweeted.

 The State Bank, Indian multinational, public sector banking and financial services statutory body urge people of fake Unified Payments Interface (UPI) ID being circulated on the pretext of Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM-CARES) Fund. A fraud UPI ID of PM-CARES Fund to fight coronavirus pandemic in the country was spotted by an alert citizen. According to Delhi Police, the fake UPI ID was highlighted by twitter user @bishwesh0604.

In response to the complaint raised on Twitter by a donor, SBI tweeted: “Thank you for notifying us about this fraud UPI ID. We have immediately alerted our UPI team and they are on the job to block the Donations to this fund will be exempted from income tax under section 80(G).

The account number for the PM CARES fund is 2121PM20202 with IFSC code SBIN0000691. The SWIFT code is SBININBB104. People can also donate to the fund on using UPI, Net Banking, RTGS, NEFT and debit, and credit cards.

Let's see who all distributed in PM- CARES fund.

Billionaire Gautam Adani on Sunday announced a Rs 100 crore contribution by his group's philanthropy arm to the Prime Minister's Fund to fight coronavirus outbreak. 

Reliance Industries contributed to Rs 5 crore besides opening India's first Covid-19 hospital in Mumbai as also giving free meals through NGOs to the needy and fuel to emergency vehicles transporting infected patients. 

JSW Group on Sunday donated Rs 100 crore to the PM Fund. 
Fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee on Saturday also pledged to donate Rs 10 million (Rs 1 crore) of personal funds to the PM's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) and Rs 5 million (Rs 5 lakh) to the Chief Minister of West Bengal's Relief Fund to help the battle against coronavirus. The 46-year-old designer took to Instagram to share the news. 
Film actress Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli without disclosing their amount wrote on twitter "Our hearts are breaking looking at the suffering of so many and we hope our contribution, in some way, helps to ease the pain of our fellow citizens." 

Virat and I are pledging our support towards PM-CARES Fund & the Chief Minister's Relief Fund (Maharashtra). Our hearts are breaking looking at the suffering of so many & we hope our contribution, in some way, helps easing the pain of our fellow citizens #IndiaFightsCorona

— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) March 30, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised India batsman Suresh Raina who donated a generous amount to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the country. "That's a brilliant fifty, @ImRaina! #IndiaFightsCorona," PM replied to Raina's tweet. "It's time we all do our bit to help defeat #COVID19. I'm pledging 52 lakh for the fight against #Corona (31 lakh to the  PM-CARES Fund & 21 lakh to the UP CM's Disaster Relief Fund). Please do your bit too. Jai Hind! #StayHomeIndia @narendramodi @PMOIndia @myogiadityanath," Raina had tweeted earlier on Saturday.

"For humanity, our country and fellow citizens that need us; now is the time, let's do our bit. @TheRajKundra & I pledge 21 lacs to @narendramodi Ji's PM-CARES Fund. Every drop in the ocean counts, so I urge you all to help fight this situation," her post read. 

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar contributes Rs 25 crore from his savings to the PM-CARES Fund. 

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Sophia Forster is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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