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TRAI warns consumers against fraud

​​The authority cautioned that some no objection certificates for installing these towers were being purportedly issues by the ministries of communications and information technology, which the regulator said were completely fake.

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Aug 09, 2019, 07.47 PM IST
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Trai added that the regulator is in no way responsible for any claims, loss or damages that the public may face and that the affected parties will have to take up the issue with law enforcement agencies.
NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has cautioned consumers against fraudulent companies or individuals seeking money deposits as government tax under Telecom Act for leasing their premises for installation of towers.

The authority cautioned that some no objection certificates for installing these towers were being purportedly issues by the ministries of communications and information technology, which the regulator said were completely fake.

Trai added that the regulator is in no way responsible for any claims, loss or damages that the public may face and that the affected parties will have to take up the issue with law enforcement agencies.

“It has been brought to the notice of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India that some companies / agencies / individuals are fraudulently asking members of public to deposit money in their personal/companies account as Government Tax under Telecom Act for leasing their premises for installation of mobile towers. These companies / agencies / individuals become unreachable after collection of money,” the regulator said Friday in a public notice.

“They are also issuing fake 'No Objection Certificates / Permissions' for the installation of tower purportedly issued by Ministry of ·Communications and Information Technology. The public at large is hereby informed that Trai is neither directly nor indirectly involved in any manner, in levy of any tax I fees on leasing of premises for installation of mobile towers or for issuing any 'No Objection Certificates' for the purpose,” it added.

“Anyone dealing or entering into agreements with such companies / agencies / individuals will be doing so at his / her own risk and TRAI shall not be responsible for any claim or loss or damages, whatsoever, suffered directly or indirectly. Affected persons may take up the matter with the law enforcing agencies,” Trai said.
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