Fraud using the Company's name and brands
It has come to our notice that some unscrupulous persons have been issuing fraudulent offers, fake letters etc, inter alia, seeking money from the members of the public, using the name of ITC Limited and/or its popular brands. These persons have been falsely impersonating the officers of the Company and unauthorisedly using the Company's logo, brand name, brand images etc., as follows:
Appointment as distributor/franchisee: Fraudulent offers are being made to become a distributor/franchisee of the Company. The offer letters are in the name of ITC "Aashirvaad Limited" and are using the Company's well known trade mark "Aashirvaad". These letters seek payments for registration and security deposit for appointment as distributor/franchisee. At present, the fraudsters are using the email addresses email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org and websites http://itcaashirvaaddistributorship.com, https://itcaashirvaaddistributorships.in.
Investments for Business Expansion Plans: Fraudulent letters are being issued in the name of ITC Limited, impersonating the senior management of the Company, to various entities promising large sums of money as investments for their "Business Expansion" plans.
Donations for CSR and Charitable Activities: Fraudulent letters are being issued in the name of ITC Limited, impersonating the senior management of the Company, to various entities promising large sums of money as donations for their charitable and CSR activities.
The Company has already reported these frauds to the police. These unscrupulous elements seek/ may seek various amounts as fees, advances, security deposits etc. The general public are advised that ITC Limited does not take any money for distributorships or franchisees, or make any promises for donations for charitable activities, or investments that the Company makes. ITC Limited has also not authorised anybody to solicit these activities. These fraudulent activities are punishable offences. Any person coming across such activities are requested to intimate the company at email@example.com.
The general public are hereby cautioned not to deal with any such entity making such fraudulent offers/promises, or to pay or transfer any amount on the basis of such offer/promise. Anyone dealing with such fake letters/emails/websites, etc. would be doing so at his / her own risk and ITC shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage suffered by such persons.