Oil marketing companies (OMC) including IOC, BPCL and HPCL have issued a public notice cautioning against ‘fraudulent offers through fake letters and mails’ demanding money.
In a joint statement, the companies said that that some unknown persons/bogus agencies are sending fake letters and e-mails to fraudulently offer LPG distributorships and/or retail outlet dealerships and demanding money in the process.
The unscrupulous entities are targeting innocent people and are sending fake e-mails/letter allegedly from Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (using their logos for offering LPG distributorships and retail outlets) and are collecting money in the name of OMCs.
They warned the public that people receiving any communication received regarding offering an LPG distributorship and/ or retail outlet dealership either through mail or by letter should immediately contact the nearest bonafide office of the related oil company, before taking any action – ie, sharing personal information and/or remitting any money.
The contact details of the local offices are available on the respective websites and are as given below:
• Petrol Pump Dealership
• LPG distributorship
In order to dupe innocent applicant, several fake websites have also been created. The layout of the fake website has been kept similar to the original websites.