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Video series by FactShala to educate people against misinformation

A new educational video series by media literacy network FactShala will offer people practical skills and useful tools to sort facts from fiction online.

| Updated on: Dec 21 2023, 18:28 IST
BEWARE! Here is how NOT to check your PF balance; man loses Rs. 1.23 lakh in scam
1/7 In a shocking turn of events, when a man was looking to check his PF balance online, he was caught by fraudsters and lost Rs. 1.23 lakh! (Reuters)
2/7 This is how he lost money in this PF balance scam. He was searching for the EPOFO phone number on the Internet, but came across a fake phone number, according to Free Press Journal. He called it and the person there convinced him to download an app that provided the fraudster with remote access to his gadget. He also shared the code for making a payment. Before, the innocent man knew what happened, he had lost the whopping amount of Rs. 1.23 lakh! (Pixabay)
3/7 In short, do not check PF balance by searching online and clicking on random links or talking to anyone. Just remember, EPFO will never ask you to make any payment or download any app or even ask you for any payment code or OTP. So, if you want to know how to check PF balance online, we explain it here. (HT_PRINT)
4/7 How to check PF balance Via UMANG App - For checking PF Balance via UMANG App, you will first have to download the app and then log in by entering your UAN and OTP (one-time password) to check the PF account balance. (UMANG Twitter)
5/7 How to check PF balance Via Text Message – EPFO members whose UANs are registered with EPFO can check their PF balance by sending a text message (SMS) to 7738299899 by typing 'EPFOHO UAN ENG' using your registered mobile number with the UAN (Universal Account Number). It can be noted that the last three digits of the message represents the language in which you want to receive the message. (Pixabay)
6/7 How to check PF balance Via Missed Call – Members also have the option of checking the PF balance via call. Registered users can give a missed call to 011-22901406 from their UAN registered mobile number after which they will receive an SMS with details of the PF account balance. (Unsplash)
7/7 How to check PF balance Via EPFO website - Visit the EPFO portal and click on the ‘For Employees’ option under the ‘Our Services’ dropdown menu. Click on 'Member Passbook' and enter your UAN and password. Once you do so you will be able to see your passbook. It can be noted that people who have worked in more than one organisation will have different member IDs to choose from. (MINT_PRINT)
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FactShala's new educational video series will provide practical skills and tools to help people distinguish between facts and fiction online. (FactShala)

A new educational video series by media literacy network FactShala will offer people practical skills and useful tools to sort facts from fiction online.

To be launched in multiple languages, the 'FactShala Ambassador Programme' video series will collaborate with prominent journalists in India and offer easy tips and tools to enabling users in assessing the credibility of information online and reach trustworthy sources.

For the initiative, FactShala, run by DataLEADS, has partnered with MediaWise of the Poynter Institute with support from Google News.

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"The launch of this project is a great step forward in accelerating the growth of media literacy in India. Every Indian should have access to high quality and trustworthy information that equips them with competences to think critically about the information they consume, create and share everyday," said Syed Nazakat, founder and ceo, DataLEADS.

Ritu Kapur, managing director and co-founder of The Quint, will serve as the first English-language ambassador for the programme and will educate viewers with the skills and techniques that they can use when navigating the information ecosystem.

The topics for the video series will include detecting misleading data visualisations, verifying manipulated images and deep fakes, employing critical thinking techniques through lateral reading, and identifying signs of misinformation, informed the orgainsers.

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First Published Date: 21 Dec, 18:28 IST