Search Results


No Result Found.

Free laptops to 2 crores youth under Make in India scheme: No, the viral Whatsapp message is scam

  • Share


No, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hasn't announced to give free laptops to two crore youth under 'Make in India' scheme. The viral Whatsapp message is a scam to get user data.

A viral message is going viral on Whatsapp that in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi winning the recent Loksabha 2019 elections, he announced to provide free laptops to two crore youth under the scheme 'Make In India'. The message also claims that around 30 lakh youths have already successfully applied to avail the benefits of the offer. The message also provided a link to a website where users were instructed to provide their contact information.


You can see the viral message here:

A Scam

This was a fake message which went viral on Whatsapp, which has been confirmed by Cyber Crime unit of Delhi Police and they have arrested the accused behind the fake message being circulated on WhatsApp. There is no such free laptop scheme. An IIT post-graduate was behind this scam.

Delhi Police have arrested one man, named Rakesh, who is a post graduate from IIT 2019 batch, for making a fake website which claimed that two crore laptops will be distributed by the central government after the formation of the new government.

During initial interrogation, he disclosed that he created the website to earn web advertising revenue from increased website traffic. He was aiming to capture personal data of millions of gullible citizens which could be later traded to various cyber criminals to cheat the victims and extort money from them on various pretexts.

The accused had cleverly used Google Adsense, a program that allows bloggers and website owners to make money by displaying Google ads. 

In order to popularise his website, the accused chose to launch a website offering a 'Free laptops government scheme' to the general public and tried to lure them by stating that these were being distributed by the Government of India on the occasion of the formation of the new government. Using the Make in India logo and the picture of PM Modi, he had created a website which was offering free laptops to 20 million registered users as reported by ANI.

In two days, the fake websites had 1.5 million views. Its link was made viral over Whatsapp.

DCP cybercrime tweeted "FAKE NEWS ALERT Cyber crime unit of @DelhiPolice has already arrested the accused behind this fake message being circulated on WhatsApp. There is no such free laptop scheme. Pls do not believe and pay any amount to them. #SpreadTheWord".

There are many other similar websites as well which includes:  '', '' and ''. All these websites have been now suspended.

Free Solar Panel Scam

Another similar fake website '' is claiming to offer people free solar panels under PM's Solar Panel scheme. However, there is no such scheme by the government.


Note: You can reach out to us at support[at] if you find any issue with our articles.


{{comment.user.fname}} {{comment.user.lname}}, {{}}



Please Login or signup to share your views on this article

Support Fact Hunt




Fact Check: No, 158 Indian soldiers are not killed in a rocket launcher attach by Chinese army
by Anubha Pandey 2020-06-02 11:48:09
Fact Check: Can regular use of sanitizer for 50 to 60 days increase risk of skin cancer?
by Anubha Pandey 2020-05-02 12:45:16
Fact Check: Three years old picture of a family committing suicide in Rajasthan revived amid migrant crisis
by Himani Joshi 2020-06-02 07:32:48
Fact Check: Truth behind the viral video and image of Indian and Chinese soldiers clash
by Anubha Pandey 2020-06-01 19:57:22
No, PM Modi did not claim to treat one crore COVID19 patients free of cost, India TV misquoted him
by Anubha Pandey 2020-06-01 17:20:59
Congress leaders shared old video from Bangladesh linking it with migrant crisis during lockdown in India
by Neel Kamal 2020-05-31 18:02:55
Fact Check: Did a migrant woman die of hunger at Muzaffarpur railway station?
by Anubha Pandey 2020-05-30 06:49:33
Fact Check: Did the National Security Advisor allegedly congratulate the Commissioner Secretary of Ladakh?
by Samyuktha Mirra 2020-05-30 05:33:42
Fact Check: An old image from Farrukhabad shared as Shivling found in Ayodhya excavation
by Himani Joshi 2020-05-29 08:34:58
Fact Check: old pictures viral on social media to show massive fire in Uttarakhand forests
by Himani Joshi 2020-05-28 08:26:55
Fact Check: Old video of a minor boy injured in anti-CAA protests revived as police brutality on Muslims
by Himani Joshi 2020-05-27 13:33:05
Fact Check: Truth behind the social media post claiming that a sadhu in Ayodhya died of hunger
by Anubha Pandey 2020-05-27 12:32:59
Fact Check: A fake message warning about increased crime rates post lock down viral on social media
by Anubha Pandey 2020-05-27 08:37:46
Fact Check: Did MHA permit all the states to open schools?
by Samyuktha Mirra 2020-05-27 05:48:56
Fact Check: Are temples charged more than mosques and churches for electricity in Tamil Nadu
by Anubha Pandey 2020-05-26 10:55:08
Fact Check: Video of a woman being beaten by her own family over land dispute in UP shared with communal narrative
by Himani Joshi 2020-05-26 08:47:12
No, the slogan of 'Chowkidar Chor Hai' was not raised during PM Modi’s recent visit to West Bengal
by Neel Kamal 2020-05-24 17:34:42
Fact Check: Truth behind the viral post showing 'handcuffed' Amit Shah being taken to the court
by Anubha Pandey 2020-05-23 09:49:19
False claim about Dr Harsh Vardhan's appointment as WHO Executive Board chairman viral on social media
by Samyuktha Mirra 2020-05-23 08:25:17
Fact Check: Last year's video of Cyclone Fani shared by Greta Thunberg claiming to be of the Cyclone Amphan
by Himani Joshi 2020-05-23 08:22:01

Mobile App

Available for Android


Subscribe to our newsletter to get notification about new fact checks, feature updates, etc..

Greetings to all our readers. We need your support to keep Fact Hunt up and running. On our 2nd anniversary, we are raising funds for the Fiscal year 2020-21. Please donate generously if you like our work.
For more details visit Fund Raise Page

Rs 100 Rs 200 Rs 500  Rs 1000

 Donate Now

Alternatively you can donate through UPI: facthunt@yesbank or you can support us on Patreon