Issued in public interest by Bharti Airtel

Beware of Fraudulent Phone callers

New Delhi, January 05, 2010 :Bharti Airtel would like to inform the general public of some fraudulent activity that has potential to impact customers of several mobile operators.

Airtel has learnt that customers are arbitrarily being targeted by callers who pretend to be calling on behalf of the customer’s telecom operator and inform the recipient that he/she has won a lottery/award conducted by the respective telecom operator.

In such instances, the customer receives a missed call from a number starting with +92. Upon returning the missed call (with the indicated country code) the unsuspecting customer reaches a fraudster pretending to be representative of Airtel or another mobile operator and informs the customer of having won an operator-sponsored lottery. The fraudster then attempts to con the customer into divulging sensitive personal information and to pay a “commission” to receive the winnings. Such commission is usually asked to be paid via DTH recharge vouchers.

Bharti Airtel would like to warn its customers that these are calls from fraudsters with malicious intent and they do not represent the company.

Accordingly, Airtel would like to issue a general advisory to all mobile/landline users to protect them from such malicious activities. These include:.

• Avoid responding to suspicious missed calls from unknown numbers, especially those beginning with +92.
• Do not respond to any SMS from unknown sources prompting to call on a number. ;
• Refrain from sharing any personal information & identity proofs like Voter ID Number, PAN Number, Bank Account Number, Credit Card information or make any payment to people promising lottery or other unexpected awards.
• Do not disclose your handset IMEI or SIM card number to unknown callers. IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity) is a unique code given by handset manufacturer for your number. This can be obtained by pressing *#06#.
• In case of suspicious calls, report the same to the concerned security authorities / service provider

About Bharti Airtel Limited : Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises, is among Asia’s leading integrated telecom services providers with operations in India and Sri Lanka. The company has an aggregate of over 118 million customers as of end November 2009, including 116.01 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel has been ranked among the six best performing technology companies in the world by Business Week.

Bharti Airtel is structured as four strategic business units - Mobile, Telemedia, Enterprise and Digital TV. The mobile business offers services in India and Sri Lanka. The Telemedia business provides broadband, IPTV and telephone services in 95 Indian cities. The Enterprise business provides end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national and international long distance services to carriers. The Digital TV business provides Direct-to-Home TV services across India. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtel’s national high-speed optic fibre network currently spans over 113,326 Rkms covering all the major cities in India. The company has two international landing stations in Chennai and Mumbai, that connect two submarine cable systems - i2i to Singapore and SEA-ME-WE-4 to Europe. For more information, visit


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