Dial 1800-345-7154 to report online fraud

Bhubaneswar: Expressing concern over the ponzi firms’ new way of cheating people through e-mail, SMS and phone calls, the state government has decided to take immediate action against such complaints.
Chairing a state-level coordination committee meeting, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi Tuesday directed the district administrations and other agencies to intensify awareness drive against the illegal money collection activities of the chit fund companies.
The RBI is sending awareness messages to all subscribers of the major telecom service providers. The RBI has also covered Gajapati and Boudh district with door-to-door leaflet distribution in collaboration with India Post, sources said. The sensitisation sessions for police officials and awareness campaign for college students are also being conducted at district levels. The messages are being spread through SHGs and Regulated Marketing Committees (RMCs) for wider awareness among the farmers and villagers, the source added.
A toll-free number, 1800-345-7154, has been made operational at RBI, Bhubaneswar for receiving calls from complainants regarding unauthorised money collection activities. So far 146 enquiry calls about the companies have been received and replied through the phone.
The Chief Secretary has asked the marketing intelligence wing to strengthen their activities and keep strict vigil over the duping activities of the non-banking financial companies (NBFCs).
The Superintendents of Police (SP) and collectors were instructed to keep strict vigil over the activities of the non-banking financial entities including multi-state cooperative societies and fake insurance companies who are trying to cheat the people.
The government has also asked the inspector in-charge of police stations and SPs to submit a monthly report about these activities in their respective jurisdictions and take stringent actions to prohibit those.
It was also decided in the meeting that no multi-state cooperative society can run its business in Orissa without no objection certificate (NOC) from Registrar Cooperative Societies.

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