Nowadays, fake messages have become a global concern. Creating and circulating of fake messages are on a large scale these days. Cyber criminals take the advantage of today's technology and ignorance of people. They create many fake messages and post them on social media. Many rumour mongers create fake messages just to spread rumours of a particular topic and many innocent people take those rumours seriously.
What is a fake message?
Fake messages are those messages which are not true or consist of information which is false. These are specially crafted message to fool users to steal money, spready false information, spread hatred, defame some individual and celebrity.
Why do people Create fake messages?
Incident of Fake News Created by a Student
Recently, a student created a fake message informing that “the school will be operational starting from 20th of October, 2020.All the necessary precautions will be taken and government guidelines will be followed …………We are providing you the link on where you have to fill the consent as soon as possible and all the class wise dates of reopening with the necessary arrangements and timetable will be there so be prepared.”
He gave a link to fill the form and forwarded it to a couple of friends on WhatsApp.
Once this link is clicked, a message “How did you like the joke” got displayed.
Soon this message became viral in the group of students and parents. While parents were frantically trying to reach out to school management to find the truth as no such announcement was made by the local Government, this student was enjoying on his success.
The school management had tough time in denying issue of any such message.
Is Creating Fake Message a Crime?
Creating and circulating fake messages is a crime under various Acts including IT Act 2000. The Section 66D of Information Technology Act states- “Whoever, by means for any communication device or computer resources cheats by personating shall be punished with the imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine which may extend to one lakh rupees”.
Is it possible to catch the student?
Yes, it is very easy to find out the origin of fake message, its creation time and catch the creator of fake message.
One should never ever create or share these types of messages because it is as bad as spreading fire. Such messages whose authenticity has not been verified, should never be forwarded. This is the best way to stop it from spreading.
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