With the onset of February, various offers started doing rounds in the name of Valentine's day offer. Another one took place when a message started doing rounds on various WhatsApp groups speaking about a free stay at Taj hotels. A message that talks about a coupon or a gift card being offered by the group of hotels have been doing rounds with a link. It says, "I received a gift card from Taj Hotel and got a chance to stay in Taj for 7 days for free." As soon as you click the link, a message pops up that reads, "TAJ EXPERIENCES GIFT CARD TAJ Hotel sent out 200 gift cards to celebrate Valentine's Day. You can use this card to stay for 7 days at any hotel in TAJ for free. All you have to do is open the correct gift box. You have 3 tries, good luck!" BEWARE! It's a scam.
The official Twitter handle of Taj hotels confirmed the message being a fraud and issued a clarification. Their tweet read, ""It has come to our notice that a website has been promoting a Valentine’s Day initiative, offering a Taj Experiences Gift Card via WhatsApp. We would like to inform that Taj Hotels/IHCL has not offered any such promotion. We request to take note of this and exercise due caution."
Have a look:
Here's how the message on WhatsApp looks:
Look how Netizens reacted after reading the clarification:
The Valentine's season has in the previous years seen a few such tricks where individuals around the world have been hoodwinked of their hard-earned money and classified information in lieu of appealing offers