Don't believe this WhatsApp forward; It's fake

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A text message is going viral, asking WhatsApp users to change their display pictures to prevent misuse by ISIS.
The message is attributed to the Delhi commissioner A.K. Mittal(IPS).
It reads –
(सावधान)Hi Friends
जिस किसी की भी व्हाट्सएप्प पे प्रोफाइल फ़ोटो खुद की हो जल्द से जल्द बदल दो. क्योंकि Whatsapp पे ISIS अपने आतंकी गतिविधियों के लिए और कुछ ऐसे hackers आये है जिनके पास आपका व्हाट्सएप्प नंबर है वो लोग उस प्रोफाइल फ़ोटो का गलत इस्तेमाल कर रहे है. Whatsapp के CEO ने सलाह दी है की अगले 20-25 दिन तक खुद की profile photo न रखे. Whatsapp के engineers आपको safe के लिए आपके साथ co-operate करेंगे. इस मैसज को आगे forward करो.
Thank You.
A.K. Mittal(IPS)
Commissioner Delhi.
Pls forward to all your frnds ones too..


Since the message claimed to be from the Delhi Commissioner, we first looked for the current police commissioner of Delhi.
However, Amulya Patnaik is the commissioner currently who took charge in 2017.

Then we searched for the former commissioners and AK Mittal was not on the list.

When we tried calling the number, it was switched off. The TrueCaller application showed us that the number belonged to ‘Arshad Ali.’

Moreover, we did not find reports that can prove the authenticity of the message. Also, the user can choose to hide his/her display pictures in WhatsApp privacy setting.
Our Fact Check proves two things. First, the WhatsApp message is fake but the name of the sender is also wrong.

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