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Shirdi’s Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust Warns Devotees of Social Media Scam Seeking Donations


Shirdi’s Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust Warns Devotees of Social Media Scam Seeking Donations
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The renowned Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SSST) in Shirdi has uncovered an online fraud wherein donations are illegally sought from devotees and patrons using Shri Saibaba’s name. The revelation was made by an official of the SSST on Monday. 

SSST authorities reportedly received complaints over the weekend that some people were posing as officials from the trust on social media platforms while seeking donations and also offering bank details for the money transfer along with other information.

“We got the information from some messages on WhatsApp, Facebook and other social media groups with demands for donations from the general public for pooja, aarti, Prasad, etc. We have conducted preliminary enquiries and found they were all fraudulent persons,” SSST spokesperson Eknath Gondkar said while speaking to IANS.

Gondkar went on to say that the SSST will consider filing a formal complaint with the police to make sure the culprits are apprehended and booked for this scam. 

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SSST CEO, Kanhuraj Bagate said that the Shri Saibaba Samadhi Temple in Shirdi has been close since April 5 this year due to coronavirus related restrictions. 

“Yet, under these circumstances, fictitious and an anonymous organization in Shirdi known as Shri Saibaba Sewabhavi Sansthan, Shirdi, is found to be demanding online donations on account of Thursday Annadaan for devotees through online, PayTM and Google Pay type of payments,” he added.

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“Taking undue advantage, some fraudulent organisations are using identical or synonymous names and indulging in cheating of devotees through their website, Facebook pages or social media accounts to collect donations in cash, online or in kind,” Bagate further said.

The SSST has advised all devotees to get in touch with the trust or temple authorities via email or their official websites before making donations based on social media posts.

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