The State Bank of India (SBI) informed that it had blocked a fake bank account, which was collecting funds in the name of Kerala Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund, two days back. Claiming that the money would be used for the relief operations in the aftermath of the Kerala Floods, social media posts have been doing the rounds in the past few days giving a Trivandrum-based bank account's details with the number 20025290179.

However, the IFSC Code provided along with the account number suggested that the account was based in SBI's Tiruchirapalli Branch in Tamil Nadu. The bank officials informed that the account possessed around Rs 3,000 and that it has been blocked recently, to ensure any further donations be blocked. Urging the donors to be careful with the fraudulent activities on social media, SBI asked the donors to verify the bank account details before transferring the amount.

In this regard, Kerala's Chief Minister's Office, in its Twitter post, has alerted the donors against falling in the trap of fake and fraudulent messages on social media. "Kerala is striving together as a fraternity to overcome the catastrophic flood. However, we have noticed that some are trying to malign this great effort with misinformation in the form of fake messages on social media. #KeralaFloods," the tweet said.

The CMO warned of stringent action against the ones who were indulging in spreading of fake messages, which have faulty bank accounts. Here are the details of the Official bank account of the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund, Kerala.

Beneficiary Name : Principal Secretary (Fin), Treasurer CMDRF

Bank Name : State Bank of India (SBI)

Account Number : 67319948232

Branch : City Branch, Thiruvananthapuram

IFSC : SBIN0070028

OR

Cheque/Demand Draft can be drawn in favour of Principal Secretary (Finance), Treasurer CMDRF, payable at Thiruvananthapuram. The same may be posted/mailed to the following address:

Principal Secretary (Finance)

Treasurer CMDRF

Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 001

The donations, which are exempt of Income Tax, could be made through Unified Payments Interface (UPI) applications like like Paytm, BHIM, Tez, and PhonePe.

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