Don’t click on on any URL, despatched by way of SMS or WhatsApp, to register without cost smartphones underneath the Punjab Good Join Scheme, state’s Training Minister Vijay Inder Singla mentioned cautioning individuals in opposition to on-line frauds.
Minister Singla mentioned the messages being circulated carry an image of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh underneath the title “Captain Smartphone Distribution Scheme 2020” together with an internet registration kind.
“The query that the scheme could prolong to others doesn’t come up. Solely Class 12 authorities colleges college students have been given smartphones underneath the free smartphone scheme based mostly on their enrollment,” Mr Singla mentioned taking exception to the messages circulating on WhatsApp and different social media platforms.
He added that the federal government has not launched any web site for registration underneath the scheme.
Cheats would face dire penalties underneath cybercrime prevention legal guidelines, Mr Singla mentioned, cautioning that clicking on such hyperlinks might result in phishing assaults, giving cyber-criminals management of individuals’s gadget and monetary data.
Mr Singla has urged individuals to right away delete such messages as a substitute of forwarding them to others.
The Congress-led Punjab authorities had rolled out the free smartphone scheme for the state’s youth – a ballot promise – on Wednesday.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday launched the Rs 92 crore “Punjab Good Connection Scheme” on the event of Janmashtami and Worldwide Youth Day.
He handed over smartphones to 6 Class 12 college students as a symbolic gesture as ministers, MLAs and others simultaneous distributed telephones at 26 locations to kickstart the scheme.