Cellular firms warn public of fake ads for towers
Cellular companies have warned the public against fake advertisements in local dailies offering huge returns to individuals who lease out their property for putting up mobile towers.india Updated: Oct 21, 2010 02:15 IST
Cellular companies have warned the public against fake advertisements in local dailies offering huge returns to individuals who lease out their property for putting up mobile towers.
According to the companies, fraudsters, who claim to represent major telecom players such as Vodafone, Uninor, Airtel, Tata Indicom and Reliance, have duped many residents in Delhi and NCR towns.
Mithan Singh, a resident of Hari Nagar in Delhi, responded to one such advertisement that offered a monthly rental ranging from Rs 30,000 to Rs 70,000 and an advance payment up to R35 lakh for leasing out premises. He was, instead, duped of R31,000 as registration and other expenses.
“They first asked me to deposit R6,000 as registration charges. Later, they wanted me to deposit R15,000 as a statutory fee for a government survey. I had to pay R10,000 more.”
When Singh tried to contact the address mentioned in the advertisement, he did not get a response. When he contacted the firm, officials said they did not advertise any such thing.
Meanwhile, a telecom company, MTS, has published advisories against such frauds in newspapers and on its website www.mtsindia.in.
“People should always verify the antecedents of the person(s) they are dealing with,” said an MTS spokesperson.