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Bharti Airtel / mobile tower installation fraud

1 India

With reference to the Indian Express Newspaper dated Sep 23, 2018 stating that, Airtel 4G Tower installation in Tamil Nadu requires vacant land for the installation purpose. Also, the advertisement mentioned that, if the land has been shortlisted, the land owner will receive a sum of 30 Lacs (INR) as an advance and the rent will be fixed as 23k (INR) every month as the rent with the lease duration of Ten Years.

Contact Numbers mentioned in the advertisement : [protected] and [protected]

Based on the advertisement, the above mobile number [protected] has been contacted, the person received the call mentioned his name as Surya and requested to send the copy of Land document with Aadhar Card to the E-Mail ID: As discussed over phone, the documents has been submitted to the above mentioned E-Mail ID, on the same day.

Following up to the details provided through the email, on the consequent day, an email has been received stating that, the land has been shortlisted for the Airtel 4G Tower Installation on Airtel company's Letter Head (Attachment has been enclosed). Added to that, they have requested to pay a sum of 2750 INR as the processing fee for documentation. Consecutively, an amount of 25k has been requested for the Tax purpose, as there is an huge amount will be deposited in the bank as advance. Added to that, on Sep 27, 2018 sum of 43, 500 INR has been requested for the NOC which has to be submitted to the RBI. At last, there was an additional 1 lac INR is requested as the commission to deposit the cheque to the bank account, for which 50k has been paid to the agent. All the above mentioned transactions are placed through Online Banking and Direct Deposit from the bank for which, documents has been attached.

Details of the Bank account provided to make deposit:

The total payment made towers the fraudulent tower installation is: Rs.2750 + Rs.22, 500 + Rs.22, 500 + Rs.43, 500 + Rs.50, 000 = approx Rs.1, 40, 000 to the same account mentioned above.

Finally, after depositing nearly 1.4 lacs to the above mentioned account, the lease advance amount was not deposited to my bank account. On approaching the Airtel Office Customer Service (Santhome Branch Legal Department), I was notified that, it was a fake advertisement and Investigations are being taken seriously about this.

Details of the victim:
Name : Rajagopalan Ramaiah (Land document is in the name of)
Online Bank Transactions made through: Bhagyalakshmi Mahadevan - Axis Bank account - Selaiyur Branch, Chennai

Hence, I request you to kindly investigate the aforesaid case, and help me getting the money back as soon as possible. Also, take severe action, before, the number of victims falling prey to the Money Launderers.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Thanks and Regards,
Bhagyalakshmi Mahadevan
W/O Rajagopalan Ramaiah

Sep 28, 2018

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