Jio Fraud | Website pulls off a scam, sells Jio SIMs which do not exist for INR 199 !

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Despite being over a month since the launch, there seems to be no dip in demand for Reliance Jio SIM cards. We have already reported about how Jio is having to tackle the issue of SIM cards being offered in the black market. But if that wasn’t enough, the company is also said to have had to tackle a SIM card scam.

eScan, an IT security and software developer, warns us of a website (aonebiz.in) that offered Reliance Jio SIM cards to users for only Rs 199. As expected, this was a basically a scam that duped users to give their personal information like name, mobile number, and debit/credit card details. The website in question isn’t authorized to offer a Reliance Jio SIM card for free or at any cost. “The data collected by aonebiz.in could be misused to dupe either financially or in many other criminal ways being not an authorized agent or valid online store for Reliance Jio,” eScan said in a statement. After filing the story, the website seems to have been taken down.

 The company’s research team discovered the website that was registered on GoDaddy, and the transactions on the website were traced to Faridabad, Haryana. Though the site has been taken down, it is believed that the website may have duped some unsuspecting customers, and the eScan team has informed government and law agencies, as well as Reliance Jio. Earlier this month, when reports of the black market surfaced, the company issued a strong statement — “There is zero tolerance for any unethical practices and strict action will be taken against any misdemeanors.”

With this kind of demand, many Reliance Digital and Express Mini stores had to turn away customers standing in queues for a Jio SIM card. This led to local mobile retailers making the most of this opportunity to sell a Jio SIM card to customers for Rs 50 to Rs 500. Reports also talked about some vendors that are operating as ‘authorized agents’ in lanes and by-lanes and are equipped with a bunch of SIM cards and handheld devices for instant e-KYC.

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Since its commercial launch last month, Reliance Jio has already garnered over 16 million subscribers. This is largely because of the company’s Welcome Offer that offers users unlimited HD voice and video calls, unlimited SMS (restricted to 100 per day) till December 2016. In terms of high-speed 4G data, there is a cap of 4GB per day, after which speeds will be cut down to 128Kbps, and will refresh post midnight. At the current run-rate, Jio is positive that it will soon cross the 250 million users mark.

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However, things aren’t exactly rosy for Jio. Since day one, Jio has had to fight with incumbent operators on the interconnect issue. Everyday users are complaining about call drops and call failures, and even the company has acknowledged that there are around 16 million call drops on its network. TRAI had to recently intervene and slapped heavy fines on Jio’s rivals like Airtel, Vodafone, and Idea Cellular.

But if that isn’t enough, users have recently been complaining about a stark drop in internet speeds. Despite Jio denying there is any such issue, recent TRAI data reveals that the company is now among the slowest among 4G operators. The data shows that Airtel leads by offering speeds up to 11.4Mbps, followed by Idea Cellular (7.6Mbps) and Vodafone (7.3Mbps). Jio, on the other hand, offers an average speed of 6.2Mbps.

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