Two separate investigations are set to begin into a phone scam was reported which had many mobile phone users alarmed today.
Minister of Telecom and Digital Infrastructure Development Harin Fernando told Daily Mirror that both the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) and Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) would conduct separate investigations into the reports.
“I have issued instructions to both the TRC and the SLT to investigate these reports and send me there findings," the minister said. He assured that the racketeers behind the scam will be dealt with after their identities are uncovered.
Many mobile users complained that they had received overseas phone calls which were cut before they could answer them. Some users said no one had answered when they called back. However those who returned the call had been charged an exorbitant amount of money for making the call to that number. Some mobile phone users said they had received calls from the US while others said theirs had come from the West Indies.
Meanwhile, a private mobile phone service provider had assured the public that they would conduct their own inquiries into the alleged scam. (Yohan Perera)