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Fact Check: 2021 Clip Of Man Caught Cheating With Bluetooth Device In Wig Viral As Recent

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Recently, the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force has arrested 10 people for allegedly using unfair means in the Preliminary Eligibility Test. Against the backdrop, a video showing a student cheating in an exam using hi-tech technology has gone viral on social media claiming it as recent. The video shows the student with a wig on his head fitted with earphones.

A Facebook user shared this video and wrote: “हम तो सोचते थे की पढ़ाई में बहुत कंपटीशन है यहां तो नकलचियों ने लंका लगा के रखा है अब योगी जी भी क्या करें इतने सातिर है नकलची प्रदेश में #up police #UttarPradesh.”

[English translation: We used to think that there was a lot of competition in studies. Here the imitators have created the whole empire. Now what should Yogi ji do, there are so many copycats in the state #up police #UttarPradesh.]

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FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above claim, and found it to be false.

Running a Reverse Image Search of the video keyframes, our team found the same visual in several Facebook videos, dated December 2021, suggesting that the viral video is not recent.

With an open keyword search, our team came across a report by Dainik Jagran, dated December 22, 2021, carrying similar visuals. According to the report, a student from Uttar Pradesh was caught while he appeared for the examination of sub-inspector. The aspirant hid a high-tech Bluetooth wireless set inside a wig to cheat during the exam. The security personnel also found two earpods inside his ears. The device was so minute that no one was able to locate it at first sight.

Many other newspapers and news portals, like Republic Hindi, India.com, and PTC News, dated December 2021, have also carried similar footage without mentioning the name of the accused.

Thus, it is confirmed that the viral video is from 2021, and not related to the Preliminary Eligibility Test incident.

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