The thought of the day is never to trust anyone! Recently, the National Health Agency, which is overseeing the implementation of the Ayushman Bharat Yojana or Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) posted a list of 89 fraudulent websites and mobile applications.
These websites and applications have been found to be fake and misleading, thus providing absolutely trash information about the government’s flagship healthcare scheme, falsely enrolling patients for this scheme as well as other ones, and providing a list of beneficiaries in the public domain.
Additionally, they have been hiring Ayushman/Arogya Mitras. For the ones unknown, Ayushman/Arogya Mitras are deployed at every impaneled hospital offering assistance to consumers about the scheme.
The advisory here read that, “[The] National Health Agency has come to know that some unscrupulous individuals, agencies, websites, digital media channels, Mobile Apps, job portal websites and organizations are circulating fraudulent information in the form of emails, WhatsApp messages, registration portals, job updates, blog posts and video channels and web links claiming to register/enroll people as beneficiaries under AB-NHPM/AB-PMJAY, to issue/print Golden records/e-cards for consideration or free, to provide recruitment as Arogya Mitra or some other service/benefit etc”.
However, not all these websites spread false information deliberately or with malicious intentions, but the NHA believes that they could result in consumers being duped.
So as per reports, the list of fake websites includes Deepawali, 7th Pay Commission Info, Pradhan Mantri Scheme, Indiamart, Govt-Yojna, Kikali.in, Gadgets Update Hindi (application), Chsma.in, Bharat-sarkar.co, Sukanya Samriddhi Account Yojana, Gadgets Update Hindi (registration), Apply desk, and Hindi Gurukul.
There are also websites named after the government’s flagship healthcare scheme, which include Ayushmanbharat.net, Ayushmanbhaarat, Ayushmanbharatyojana, Ayushmanyojana, Aayushmanbharat, Ayushmanbharatyojanas, and Modicareinsurancescheme. The government has reportedly filed FIRs against operators of all these websites and mobile applications.
To this, Indu Bhushan, CEO, NHA, added that, “These websites have been giving false information to the patients about the health scheme. Many of them claimed to get a beneficiary card for the patients through which one can avail the treatment under the scheme. There are no charges for registering under the scheme. Our team has constantly been monitoring these websites, and an FIR has been registered against owners/developers of these websites and applications to block these websites”.
When looking for information about the Ayushman Bharat scheme, consumers must only visit the official website (https://www.abnhpm.gov.in/) or call the official helpline number 1455. In fact it is strictly advised to the users to not to ever share any of the personal information like contact details, bank account details, etc. Also, users also advised not to download any document from these websites since they could contain dangerous malware or other some other virus.