Whatsapp is a widely used tool for messaging. It has its markets in India, South Africa, Brazil and other countries.
India accounts for the largest WhatsApp users.
While WhatsApp is very useful for promoting your businesses, spam and misleading news can be spread within minutes.
But with these techniques, you can identify a fake Whatapp forward.
Use Truecaller :
- Truecaller is an app which tells you the name of the cell phone user from his number.
- Sometimes in WhatsApp, there are messages such as “Call this person if you see a stray animal”, “Call him to send money” etc.
- Then a phone number is also displayed.
- Copy that number and paste it into Truecaller and see the name.
- If the person HIMSELF has sent the message and is truly genuine, he will ALWAYS mention his name and occupation/what he does, on Truecaller.
- A fake person will rarely do this.
- Like if I truly am an animal rescuer, I will mention that on my Truecaller profile because I know that I have forwarded a message related to it and anyone can contact me anytime because of that message.
- Once you see the name, you can use Facebook to search it and see the Facebook profile to be double sure whether he’s a spammer or a person in real need.
So, basically what to do in this step?
- Search his profile on Truecaller and see the name.
- Search the name on facebook
- See the occupation if mentioned.
- If the occupation is not mentioned, see at least his pictures or friend list to get an idea whether hes a needy or a scammer.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/
Truecaller – https://www.truecaller.com/
2. Check the news channels:
- Only news channels show the real news and nobody else does.
- If there was an eclipse coming tomorrow, the news tells it today itself.
- So you don’t need to rely on WhatsApp for news about the environment.
- Secondly, if there is news on politics, IGNORE it.
- NEVER EVER take a political WhatsApp message seriously. It’s all dirty politics to make the youth do wrong things.
- Lastly, if the news is related to someone being kidnapped/is lost etc, then its probably fake too.
- Think logically – If your child is lost, would you complain to the police or tell WhatsApp? Will WhatsApp friends and random people help you find your kid? What if someone uses your contact number, tells you he has found your kid, and then kidnaps you if you go to him?
- So let’s be real – People will mostly complain to a police officer and rely on them only. Moreover, they may also approach the news channels. But using WhatsApp to tell that their child is lost, is bad parenting as well as a possible scam.
Basically, think logically and rely only on news channels for news.
We know that sometimes news channel themselves can spread fake news too.
So, we suggest watching only TRUSTED CHANNELS like DD news, Zee news etc.
3. Check with the doctor :
- A random person sends you a message telling about Aryuveda and you believe him?
- Rather save the message and ask the real aryuvedic doctor.
- Same with any kind of medical messages.
- “Better be sure than be sorry”.
Thus, before using random fake medical knowledge, ask your doctor whether the information being forwarded to you is really true or not.
4. UNESCO tells its announcements on its website.
- UNESCO has its own website and it posts everything on it.
- So better check it before believing anything related to it.
- Same goes for anything related to the United Nations.
United Nations website – www.un.org/en/
UNESCO – https://en.unesco.org
5. Website, website, website :
- Yes, again, ANY big organization will ALWAYS announce its notices on its WEBSITE.
- So next time when you get a message saying anything about the govt policies, CHECK THEIR WEBSITE or just check the news channels.
- Whatsapp itself will tell its updates on its website too. So no need to believe in random messages of “New Whatsapp feature” and similar news being forwarded to you.
6. Social media :
- Every police establishment in this world uses a verified social media account and use it to tell any announcements.
- For eg, the Mumbai police tell its announcements on its Twitter account and are active on twitter all day.
- So you should not rely on messages about police, security or any threat. Just check their twitter/other social media or just ask them directly by a call or on the internet.
- We don’t claim all these tricks to be 100% true.
- People are still there to run their masterminds and can still fool you.
- Now that India has internet users in huge numbers, we should know the dos and donts of the internet.
- The basic “DONT” is that don’t believe in rumours.
- With the above tricks, you can find a flaw in forwarded message easily.
- Yes it may take some effort but as we said, “Better be sure than sorry”
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