The country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) on Saturday in order to fight the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed 34000 lives all over the world, including 29 in India. Several individuals and organizations have donated a huge amount of sum to the fund.
Unfortunately, the announcement of the Fund was seen as a mode of looting money. It has been reported that some fraudsters have created fake UPI IDs in the name of PM Cares fund in order to cheat unsuspecting contributors.
The central government and State Bank of India have already warned and alerted people about these fake Unified Payments Service (UPI) IDs that have been made by scamsters for the purpose of collecting money under PM CARES Fund by way of fraud.
The government also clarified through the PIB FACT Check Twitter handle that the correct UPI ID for giving a donation is pmcares@sbi and the details of the Fund can be checked on the official website which is- www.pmindia.gov.in
The amount can also be contributed to the fund in the online mode, through the official website of State Bank of India (SBI) which is: www.onlinesbi.com. Here, you will have to provide details like your name, address, PAN number, amount of contribution, email id, etc.
The amount can also be contributed to the fund through debit and credit cards, net banking, and RTGS/NEFT. The amount of sum donated will be exempted from income tax under section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
The Chairman of this trust is the country’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and its Members include the Defence Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister.