Remember when a WhatsApp forward of a salt shortage in 2016 triggered panic buying at markets past midnight and caused a four-fold price-rise in some parts of our country? Or when Hate Story 3 actor Karan Singh Grover fell prey to the notorious Nigerian online lottery scam and allegedly paid a hefty amount as "processing fees" to claim his "winning prize money"?
While we are hopeful that UNESCO will soon declare Gajar Ka Halwa as the best Halwa in the universe, we introduce you to the newest victims who have fallen to the world of fake WhatsApp forwards. BJP MP Kirron Kher happens to be one of them. She tweeted out what she thought is a photo of Indian army soldiers in Siachen.
"Night stay of Indian Soldiers At Siachen Glacier. Temp -50 C
Respect & Salute to Indian Army
Feel Proud to share this picture"
But in reality, the photograph is not of the Indian Army and the place shown in the photo is also not Siachen. The original photos are of Russian army soldiers and were first posted in 2013, Alt News reported.
Ma'am, the soldiers in this photo are of Russian Army, not Indian. Our soldiers might be going through tougher conditions though. https://t.co/PosljbfqW6— SM Hoax Slayer (@SMHoaxSlayer) December 18, 2017
Interestingly, the popular rumour busting website SMHoaxSlayer has already debunked this photo over a year ago.
Debunked exactly a year ago but again getting Viral. We don't need fake images to respect our army, we already do.These are russian soldiers. This is not Siachen. https://t.co/3ARYJjmnHE— SM Hoax Slayer (@SMHoaxSlayer) December 17, 2017
The photo had gone viral last year after a Facebook page "Laughing Colours" shared it from their page. The fake photo garnered 530K likes and over 30K shares on the platform.
Kher wasn't the only one who made the gaffe on the microblogging site. The Half Girlfriend actor Shraddha Kapoor who had her heart in the right place, didn't have the right photo to go with it, unfortunately.
Kapoor wrote, "They freeze to make sure that we are warm. They protect to make sure that we feel safe. Can never thank you Jawaans enough."
They freeze to make sure that we are warm. They protect to make sure that we feel safe. Can never thank you Jawaans enough. pic.twitter.com/z1Df4sw0dA— Shraddha (@ShraddhaKapoor) December 17, 2017
Quoting her tweet, the fake news buster SMHoaxSlayer wrote, "Good thought. We all agree but this particular photo is of Russian Army. We are already proud of our soldiers, don't need fake ones to escalate our respect.
Good thought. We all agree but this particular photo is of Russian Army. We are already proud of our soldiers, don't need fake ones to escalate our respect. https://t.co/MWNcgqKMUq— SM Hoax Slayer (@SMHoaxSlayer) December 17, 2017
Shraddha found a company in actor Sathish who also posted the photo. Realising his mistake, he took down his erroneous tweet.
Pro Tip: Family WhatsApp groups are the worst hit by fake forwards. To keep them and yourself informed, follow @SMHoaxSlayer on Twitter.