The regulator sent a text messaging campaign to spread awareness among subscribers against the rampant telecom tower installation fraud.
The sms read: “TRAI does not issue NOC for installation of mobile towers. If a fraudster approach you with such a letter, the matter may be reported to concerned mobile service provide.”
The fraudsters have been asking premise or land owners for a sum of money on the pretext of obtaining a no-objection certificate (NOC) from TRAI for the deployment of telecom infrastructure.
There have been boosts in the number of cases where people make telephonic queries or simply walk in with such requests directly.
TRAI said: “Such calls (to obtain NOC) have become frequent, and we receive dozens of phone calls and e-mail queries every day, and even people physically make visit seeking a meeting with top officials.”