COVID-19: Telangana Police caution against fake Aarogya Setu apps

South India

The Telangana Police has cautioned people about fraudsters creating fake 'Aarogya Setu' apps. 


This comes in the wake of the Central government encouraging the use of the mobile application to combat COVID -19.

The Aarogya Setu app, launched by the Centre last month to create awareness on the coronavirus pandemic. The app tries to determine the risk if one has been near a Covid-19 infected person (within six feet of distance) by scanning through a database of positive cases reported from various places across India.

Further, this application will augment the initiatives of the Department of Health to contain the risk of COVID-19 and also sharing of best practices and advisories.

Sharing of any details on the fake app could lead to various other modes of cheating, including theft of personal data and so on.
In view of this, the police are warning citizens through awareness messages on fake applications that bear similarity to Aarogya Setu. 

"On coming to know about the popularity of Aarogya Setu app among the citizens, the Cyber fraudsters have once again become active to make use of the situation by creating fake applications in the name of Aarogya Setu with similar name by making minor changes”, read an official release by PRO Cyberabad Police. 

“Citizens may receive such Apps as an incoming e-mail (Spoofed) projecting as if it is from Government of India or as an individual WhatsApp message or thorough Facebook," it added.

The police have advised people to download the application only from or Android and iOS Play Store. 

"Android Users ensure that "Google Play Protect / Play Protect" is enabled. Android Users ensure that "Installation from Unknown Sources" for every application is disabled," read the release.

The Aarogya Setu app has crossed five million downloads within the three days of its launch, making it one of the most popular government apps in India.


With inputs from Agency

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