Scamsters are now targeting people by using RBI governor, Dr Raguram Rajan's name to announce the big lottery win. The emails also ask people to provide bank details and deposit cash to receive this 'unclaimed lottery fund'!
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor, Dr Raghuram Rajan has already cautioned people about lottery or beneficiary of fund kinkd of emails. This time, it is a 'Lottery Scheme' email sent using his name in the so-called meeting of 'United Kingdom Lottery Promotion Council' with a 'Senate Tax Committee on Finance', except that both does not exists. Simlar emails used to be sent out in the name of former RBI governor Dr D Subbarao too.
The fake email with attached file, at first, looks like and seems to be an official letter from RBI. The file headlined from the 'Office of the Reserve Bank Of India', New Delhi is sent from the email address '[email protected]'. It reads: "The Foreigh Exchange Transfer Department of the Reserve bank of India have decided to bring to your attention that, you were listed as a beneficiary in the recent schedule for payment of outstanding debts incurred by the United Kingdom Lottery Promotion Counsil, peding since 2007 to 2014. According to our file record with your email id, Your payment is categorized as: contract type: Unpaid Lottery Inheritance fund/undelivered Lottery fund.”
The scamsters have not hesitated to use the RBI governor's name even when demanding 'crediting fees' of Rs15,500, in addition to seeking details like full name, age, sex, address, bank details, etc. The scamsters expect the receiver to be blinded by the prospect of getting quick money as it also provides . But the record is that the only money that has changed hands in 419 scams (advance fee/fake lottery scams) that have been discovered till now, has gone from the victims to such scamsters.
Surely, regular Moneylife readers will find plenty of 'red' signals in such emails. First, the RBI does not use the domain name of “@zh8844.com” for its official emails. Second, even if one assumes that all else is true, why on the earth would the RBI offer money to an individual, and that too in GBP? Third, the RBI does not operate, manage or control any lottery schemes. Fourth, in India, there is no Senate Committee; we have a Parliament and Parliamentary Committees. Therefore, the question of the RBI governor meeting some Senate Committee in RBI's 'branch' in Mumbai/Delhi is not plausible.
Now, let's take a look at some obvious mistakes in the email. The full stops are in the wrong place, capital letters have been used wrongly, as have currency denominations. We use either rupees or Rs or the new symbol, before the amount, while the mail has something else. All it uses is GBP and INR, after the amount-like 15,500 INR or 500,000 GBP. Moreover it also includes photograph of RBI governor congratulating you for winning such prize including latest news sign.
Clearly, this is yet another fraud in progress. So, if you receive such a message delete it immediately.
Earlier also scamsters have sent emails by using former RBI governor, Dr D Subbarao's name. In that scamsters wrote 'secret email' as RBI governor asking people to provide bank and personal details and recieve Rs5.06 core by acting as an individual who died years ago. The email also includes the note asking, “Please note that you will stand as the full owner of the money during the transfer of the money because i will not be among the transfer TEAM, So you are the one to speak with the HEAD OF THE TRANSFER TEAM may be on phone during the time of the transfer. Any money you spend during the transfer will be remove from the money while we share the REST 50-50.”
Here are some points to keep in mind while identifying fake or fraud messages. The scams are widespread, there are many complaint on consumer forum portal, complaintboard.in so RBI and websites like www.truthorfiction.com, www.fraudwatchers.org or www.scambaits.com are giving special attention to this matter, to help potential victims and to catch scamsters. The Reserve Bank of India on its website alerted the public on several occasions about such fictitious schemes/offers through Press Releases in print and the electronic media.
Following mulitiple scams running on RBI's name and its officials, now RBI below its every official email contains the following caution notice,
“CAUTION: The Reserve Bank of India never sends mails, SMSes or makes calls asking for personal information such as your bank account details, passwords, etc. It never keeps or offers funds to anyone. Please do not respond in any manner to such offers, however official or attractive they may look.”
RBI in its Press Release Cautions..
• RBI does not hold any accounts for individuals.
• Beware of impersonated names of RBI officials
• Nobody from RBI calls up people about lottery winnings/ funds received from abroad
• RBI does not send any emails intimating award of lottery funds, etc.
• RBI does not send any sms or letter or email to communicate fictitious offers of lottery winnings or funds received from abroad.
• The only official and genuine website of the Reserve Bank of India is (www.rbi.org.in) and the public may be careful and not get misled by fake websites with similar addresses beginning with ‘Reserve Bank’, ‘RBI’, etc., along with fake logos.
• Inform local police or cyber crime authority about such frauds.
RBI on several occasions in the past, cautioned the members of the public not to fall prey to fictitious offers / lottery winnings / remittance of cheap funds in foreign currency from abroad by so-called foreign entities/ individuals or to Indian residents acting as representatives of such entities/individuals. RBI advised public to register their complaints with the local law enforcement agencies. The Reserve Bank has given the list of such nodal agencies with whom the public can register complaints in its Press Release dated 10 January 2012.
Moneylife always warns its readers not to fall prey for such offers by scamsters and be safe and smart with your money because, "If it looks too good to be true, it usually is."
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Coal India plans to reach this year's target of 507 million tonnes and 715 million tonnes by 2016-17 but continues to face serious hurdles from our own Environment Ministry and state governments
Against the target of 482 million tonnes, the coal production in India actually reached only 463 million tonnes last year and the loss was attributed to the cyclone Phaline and the monsoon flooding. However, the Indian government has simply increased the target for 2014-15 to reach 507 million tonnes. Most people associated with the coal industry say that the progress has been hampered by land acquisition problems and dealing with environmental clearances and so, the chances of reaching this target of 507 million tonnes are remote. Apart from cyclone, Coal Indian Ltd (CIL), the largest producer, has also lost about 3 million tonnes due to illegal mining by Maoist rebels, valued at about Rs600 crore, from its subsidiary Central Coalfields. It is rather sad and strange that such a large scale activity has gone unchecked!
The government has taken the extraordinary step of ensuring that Coal India signs up Fuel Supply Agreements (FSAs) with power companies to supply coal without adequate arrangements for mining the coal required to meet this demand. Signing agreements (FSAs) may simply prove to be paper agreements without any consequence!
And the most important factor is that the power distribution companies have shown little or no interest to buy electricity which is over Rs3 per unit. From the press report, it appears that there are so many power companies, whose total generating capacity is over 27,000 MW that is actually lying idle because the unit cost of power will be more than Rs3 if they had to depend upon guaranteed supplies that would come from high cost imported coal! It is needless to point out that the indigenous supply is not forthcoming which necessitates such imports. It is a vicious circle.
Indonesia, our main supplier, exports 380 million tonnes of coal per year or almost 33% of which comes to India. Price of coal, internationally, has been going down due to poor off take by China and currently ranging between $80 and $90 per tonne. This scenario is likely to continue this year. Domestic prices are much cheaper, but supplies are not adequate.
As we have said before, Coal India's plans to reach this year's target of 507 million tonnes and 715 million tonnes by 2016-17 face serious hurdles from our own MOEF and state governments. Unfortunately, on environmental matters, a uniform policy may not be practical, as each case has to be dealt on its own merits and bearing in mind the local conditions!
Naturally, Coal India, flushed with huge reserves, has been scouting to obtain overseas assets, two of which has been secured in Mozambique. Now, the Canadian High Commissioner, Stewart Beck, has shown interest in discussing the prospect of CIL investing in British Columbia, when he met N Kumar, Director (Technical). Though British Columbia has high quality metallurgical coal, it has also thermal coal reserves to offer. It may be borne in mind that it would probably take 5-7 years for a mine to be fully operational.
In the meantime, Coal India had also toyed with the idea of a joint venture with Shipping Corporation of India to have ships to carry its coal from various destinations, particularly Indonesia, to start with, and later on, probably from Mozambique. This has been shelved due to high cost of imported coal and lack of interest by consumers in the country. Likewise, they had also thought of reviving the Talcher unit of Fertilizer Corporation of India by investing about Rs8,000 crores.
All said and done, what Coal India has not done so far, is the invitation being extended to selected top coal miners in UK, Australia, Poland and the US to come and invest in India, in joint ventures to develop our own coal mines, with their advanced technology, machinery and technically qualified manpower at senior levels, who could mentor Indian personnel to take over, at the end of the contract terms.
The new government has to consider all these matters in national interest to increase domestic production so as to make supplies available and bring down the unit cost of electric power.
(AK Ramdas has worked with the Engineering Export Promotion Council of the ministry of commerce. He was also associated with various committees of the Council. His international career took him to places like Beirut, Kuwait and Dubai at a time when these were small trading outposts; and later to the US.)
Aviation regulator, DGCA, granted operating permit to AirAsia India though its launching clearance depends on the decision of the Delhi High court
AirAsia India, the $30-million tripartite joint venture between Tata Sons, AirAsia Berhad and Tekestra Tradeplace, has received operating permit from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
Although the operating permit has received, flying permission and its validity will be decided after the Delhi High Court's judgement. AirAsia India is facing a legal challenge from existing domestic airlines as well as Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Dr Subramanian Swamy, who had approached the Election Commission (EC) to restrain the DGCA from giving a flying permit.
The Delhi High Court is hearing the public litigation filed by Swamy, which claimed the venture is a violation of the FDI Guidelines for the civil aviation sector. The case will be heard by the special bench on 11th July.
Speaking on the launch date, AirAsia Chief Executive Officer Mittu Chandliya, in a statement said "We would realistically start operations in anywhere between one to three months given the fact that a new government will be in place soon."
AirAsia India is expected to launch services from it's Chennai base with three Airbus 320 aircrafts, and will mainly to connect the Tier-II cities in India. They will also look to make the airfares 35% lower than the average airfares in the market currently as the officials promise to make it one of the cheapest airlines in India. The startup carrier has completed the final inspections, including test flights of its Airbus 320, monitored by the DGCA.