Illegal Telephone Exchange Racket Again?

Chennai always tops the list in hosting illegal telephone exchange racket where pranksters route International Calls through cheap routers and bogus SIM Cards through local telephone numbers. This comes to close to the heels of a major scam by Reliance Infocomm in duping BSNL to the tune of crores of rupees. While such incidents hits the headlines there are scores of parasites within Chennai city, which go unnoticed thanks to local politicians and hoodlums’ patronage. See one recently busted fake telephone racket in Chennai.

Sometime last week on 6th November, 2006 I recieved the following text message on my mobile number. I wanted to share this with othe readers so that they can stay away from such cheats.

Message From: +919841149922
Message: Interested in making “ISD” Calls @Rs. 2 /- Minutes. Please reply “Yes” or call us anytime @ 9884092000.

There was no signature in the message. Putting on the Views and Reviews investigation cap, I called this number and a typical local guy with a distinct Chennai Tamil accent answered the call. He has a good list of rates for all local countries. But he could not answer any of the technical stuff on how legal it works. I have also reported this to BSNL and TRAI. I would keep posted over the developments and/or responses.