Jio tower hoax hits pune, lady duped of rs 4.37l – pune mirror

As the transaction progresses those interested in renting out their property are told that they would be entering an agreement for 10 years with Reliance Jio after being paid a security deposit of Rs 30 lakh. They are also promised a monthly rent of Rs 25,000 over and above the security deposit. An upgraded option is also on offer in which a person is paid Rs 50,000 rent every month and the security deposit from the company is pegged at Rs 60 lakh.

For initiation of the process, people are then asked to deposit Rs 1100 as registration fees. In the second stage, they are asked to deposit around Rs 25,000 for completing their verification. Thirdly, they are asked to pay between Rs 4 lakh to Rs 5 lakh for setting up towers, which the fraudsters claim can be added to the amount they would be billing from Reliance Jio.


The gang has been active in many states across India for quite some time now and hundreds of people have fallen prey to their alluring money trap, according to complaints received by Jio officials. A Pune-based 55-year-old woman named Kumudini Kuraputty was duped of Rs 4.37 lakh through the same process for setting up a tower on her land in Mumbai. Initially she was told that she would be getting Rs 85 lakh as security deposit as the land would be taken on rent for 20 years. She was also promised a rent of Rs 85,000 every month.

“When I contacted these people for renting my space near Mumbai for mobile towers, they asked me to deposit Rs 5lakh but I could only come up with Rs 4.37 lakh. It was a long communication process which went on from December 2017 to February this year. I was asked to wait for some days but no one got back to me after I deposited the money. Then I investigated and found out that the company has not carried out any advertisements for setting up of towers,” Kuraputty told Mirror.

In a similar case, another man named Karbasayya Irayya Hiremath was also duped of Rs 1 lakh. He was even sent a registered document worth Rs 100 on which he was told that Jio engineers had secretly investigated his land through satellite and the address mentioned in his documents was found genuine and that his application had been approved. Same was the case with Irayya’s brother Mahesh.

Meanwhile, when Mirror contacted Reliance Jio Corporate Communications, they said that the matter is quite grave and they have filed an FIR in the case. “Reliance Jio has set up Jio booths in every city where people can get in touch for any queries they would have. People should not fall in such traps and they should approach police if they are approached by someone promising big amounts,” said the spokesperson.

The Khadak police have said that they have registered a case for fraud under sections 420, 403 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code. “We have registered a case under sections of fraud and are investigating the matter wherein a woman named Kumudini Kuraputty has been allegedly duped of more than Rs 4 lakh. This is first such case we have,” said PP Shendge, police sub inspector, Khadak police station, and investigating officer, in the case, while speaking to Mirror.