This video message about online wallets was NOT made by the RBI Governor – FactCrescendo
The official RBI spokesperson has confirmed to us that the viral video is edited and it is not the voice of the RBI Governor.
A video allegedly showing Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor – Shaktikanta Das showing him warning mobile payment users against app and payment fraud is circulating widely on social media. The viral video shows Shaktikanta Das advising people on payment app fraud such as PhonePe, Google Pay and PayTM.
Fact Crescendo received this video on our WhatsApp Factline number 9049053770 for verification.
Social media users claim the viral video was posted by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, asking citizens to be cautious of online payment apps.
Fact Crescendo discovered that the viral video had been edited. Audio taken from a YouTube video was merged with an image of Shaktikanta Das to make it sound like the RBI Governor himself was speaking.
We began our investigation by running a keyword search on Google to find relevant news stories. However, we did not find any news reports mentioning that the RBI Governor issued a warning video message to users of online payment apps.
Next, we did a keyword search on Google and YouTube, the results of which led us to the video of RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das’ public address. The video was broadcast live on May 4, 2021 with the caption “Speech by Shri Shaktikanta Das, Governor of RBI”.
We can see that the RBI Governor is wearing the same outfit as seen in the viral video. However, we found that in the video streamed live in 2021, he didn’t talk about digital wallets or financial fraud protection.
Originally, the RBI Governor was talking about the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges that India had faced. He went on to talk about the steps taken by RBI to provide financial relief to businesses affected by COVID-19 to restore normalcy.
Another relevant keyword search led us to a reel created by a content creator named Mausam Nagpal uploaded in August this year. We have found that the audio of this video was edited and added to the video address by the Governor of RBI in 2021.
Fact Crescendo spoke to official RBI spokesperson Yogesh Dayal who told us the viral video was edited and faked. This is a fake message and it is not the voice of the Governor of RBI.
GDP Fact Check also posted a tweet regarding this video calling it fake.
Conclusion- Fact Crescendo found the claim made with the viral video was False and edited. The viral video was edited and created to depict a warning message issued by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das. An audio of the created content has been added to the video address by the Governor. It is important to note that while the information provided in the video is accurate, it was not shared by RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das.
Title:This video message about online wallets was NOT made by the Governor of RBI
Fact check by: Drabanti Ghosh