Fake Application Form: Police Seeks Google Help To Identify Miscreants

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Srinagar: A fake online application form seeking personal details from stranded Kashmiris has prompted the cyber wing of Jammu and Kashmir police to file a criminal case and seek help from Google India to identify the miscreants.

The fake application form went viral after purportedly put up online by a government representative, reports said. The form sought personal details of all the people stranded in various parts of the country. Sensing mischief, the information department issued a handout in its twitter handle saying that the form had not been uploaded by the government.

“An FIR in this fake online application form was registered yesterday and we have approached Google India to find out the details of those behind such a mischief which has added to the worries and concerns of the public which is already battling the pandemic”, wire agency IANS quoted a senior police officer as saying

Superintendent of police (SP) cyber crime, Tahir Ashraf has said the matter was serious since the Google forms which is an online service available for research and educational purposes has been misused for circulating a fake information that affects scores of families whose members are in different parts of the country.

The report quoted officials as saying that Google India executives have sought some time to respond to the queries sought by the J&K police saying that its staff is presently working from home and not attending their offices.

Officials also argue that since personal details of each such individual, who is outside the J&K, were sought through circulation of the application form on a widely trusted service like the Google forms, the matter cannot be dismissed as a prank of any ordinary rumour monger.

Meanwhile, officials here said the government is in touch through its nodal offices and other representatives with locals outside J&K and also advised such people and their families to contact the designated offices in case of any emergency.

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