[SPAM] Answering Call That Starts With +140 Can Empty Your Bank Balance
The promotional prank call from SonyLIV for its new Web Series scared Mumbai People
Below post has been circulating on social media.
Answering Call That Starts With 140 Can Empty Your Bank Balance
Verification: Promotion stunt by SonyLIV for its new Web Series “Undekhi” scared Mumbaikars
The post is viral on social media regarding Maharashtra police cautioning people not to take a call that starts from 140 as it will empty your bank account. To which Police clarified that its risky to share your OTP with anyone and taking the call wouldn’t empty your bank balance. Police were actually cautioning people about the rumour in response to a publicity stunt by SonyLIV.
According to BoomLive “Harish Baijal, DIG, Cyber Security Maharashtra Police, who had confirmed that after complaints against the SonyLIV promotional calls, police mobile vans patrolling made the announcements seen in the viral clips.”
The call from an unknown person to some people became a disturbing situation for many. People who got such calls also tweeted about it tagging Mumbai Police to look into the matter. After investigation, the truth was out and the call was actually a promotion stunt by SonyLIV to promote its new series “Undekhi”. SonyLIV apologised for the havoc they created to promote the web series. The cyber cell of Maharashtra police also took action and cautioned people about such misleading and scary stunts for any kind of publicity after there was a slew of calls to the Mumbai police. NDTV published the article regarding the same issue. Check the links below to know the facts:
“Prank Calls” For Web Series’ Promotion Scare Several Mumbai Residents: Read more @NDTV
If you have received a call for our show Undekhi & it has disturbed you we would like to sincerely apologise to you. This was a test activity which has gone out accidentally & our intention was not to cause any kind of discomfort or panic. We sincerely regret any inconvenience.
— Sony LIV (@SonyLIV) July 10, 2020
There is a video clip doing the rounds on social media of a police constable telling people not to accept calls from numbers starting with +140.
We would like to clarify that numbers starting with +140 are telemarketing calls. (1/n)
— Maharashtra Cyber (@MahaCyber1) July 10, 2020
जर आपणास 140 ने सुरुवात होणाऱ्या क्रमांकावरून फोन कॉल आला तर घाबरु नये/ पॅनिक होऊ नये. हे क्रमांक टेलिमार्केटिंग करिता दिले गेलेले असतात. परंतु हे देखील लक्षात ठेवावे की, अशा किंवा इतर कोणत्याही क्रमांकावरून फोन कॉल आल्यास व ओटीपी सह आपली वैयक्तिक माहिती, बँक डिटेल्स, (3/n)
— Maharashtra Cyber (@MahaCyber1) July 11, 2020
The era of ‘any publicity is good publicity’ is a passé. Any publicity creating panic amongst citizens and suggesting a threat to their security will be dealt with necessary severity. Hope the fake calls for promotions aren’t bothering you any longer, Mumbaikars #SoNotDone
— मुंबई पोलीस – Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) July 10, 2020
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Post Date: 17 July 2020
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