“I received a call from the ‘Reliance Jio tower installation’ team, telling me about an attractive opportunity to earn Rs 25,000 per month and an advance of Rs 15 lakh in exchange for installing a mobile tower on my empty plot. When I agreed, they asked for documentation. After this, they asked for Rs 14,500 as processing fee, which I paid… that was the mistake,” says Madhuban Bihari Sharma from Prayagraj, one of the victims.
“A few days later, they called again asking for Rs 52,500 more. That’s when my son caught onto the scam and thankfully, we didn’t pay that amount,” he added.
“I feel I was lucky. For so many people have called me after seeing a complaint I filed online… they had even paid the Rs 52,500 second installment and were asking if Jio had installed the tower on my plot or not. So many others were looted like this,” Sharma added.
Sharma said that he had also received an invoice of his payment on a Reliance Jio letterhead, which he provided a copy of.
Harmanjot Singh, another victim, was asked to pay Rs 24,000 in documentation fees. He said, “There are countless others like me. They all say they’ll file a complaint but no one follows through.”
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