Public Notice - Fraudsters Making Offers in the name of ITC Limited
Recently 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 falsely using the Company's logo, brand name, brand images etc.
The following types of fraudulent offers have come to our notice:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com and the website http://itcaashirvaaddistributorship.com.
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 making promises for donations for charitable activities, or investments that the Company makes. ITC Limited has also not authorised anybody to solicit these activities.
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.
These fraudulent activities are punishable offences. Any person coming across such activities are requested to intimate the company at firstname.lastname@example.org.