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Oil marketing cos caution public against fraudulent online offers

Mumbai: The Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) have cautioned public against fake websites by some unknown persons and bogus agencies offering false business opportunities.

These unscrupulous agencies/persons are fraudulently offering false business opportunities for the appointment of LPG distributors under the Prime Minister Ujwala Yojana and Rajeev Gandhi Gramin LPG Vitarak Yojana (RGGLV) Scheme of the OMCs.

"It has come to the notice of Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) that a number of fake websites have been created with URL;; and by some unknown person(s)/bogus agencies," the OMCs said in a statement. In order to dupe innocent applicants, the layout of the fake website has been kept similar to the original website, the statement said.

These fake websites are targeting innocent people and are sending fake emails allegedly from the Oil Marketing Companies – viz. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd/ Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd/ Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (using OMC logos on their letterhead for offering LPG Distributorships / Retail Outlets) and are collecting huge sums of money in the name of OMCs.

The OMCs advised people to visit only official websites of OMCs or for authentic and official information to prevent themselves from being cheated by the unscrupulous elements. The public are also advised to lodge a complaint with the cyber crime branch of the police.

The Pradhan Mantri Ujwala Yojana (PMUY) scheme does not envisage opening of separate LPG Distributorships exclusively for the scheme. The advertisements purportedly in the name of "Prime Minister's Ujwala Yojana and/or Rajiv Gandhi LPG Distributorship Plan for rural areas (RGGLV) Scheme and/or PMUDY' as mentioned in the fake website does not pertain to any Scheme or appointment of any LPG Distributorship of the Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies.

The website operated by vested people, with MOP&NG PMUY logo and Prime Minister's photo, Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies' product logo on the website, is fake, malicious and is intended to defraud gullible people.

The appointment of LPG distributors by the public sector OMCs for distribution of LPG is carried out across the country through a well-established selection procedure comprising of detailed advertisement published in leading Newspapers, hosting on internet site of the Public Sector OMCs and conducting draw of lots from amongst all eligible applicants.

None of the Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies have appointed any agency/person on their behalf for selection/appointment of LPG distributors across the country, nor they have authorized any agency/person to solicit any money whatsoever from any candidate at any stage of the selection process.

The Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies shall not be responsible in any way for amount paid to any individual or group of individuals/agencies/Companies purporting to represent Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies.

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