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Probe into Rs. 3.2 m mobile phone bill

18 June 2013 04:04 pm - 16     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Colombo Fraud Investigations Bureau (CFIB) had begun an investigation into a fraud committed against a mobile phone company by a subscriber who had set a record by amassing a bill of Rs.3.2 million for using roaming facilities in less than 24 hours.

The mobile phone company had complained to the CFIB that the suspect Mujahideen Mohammed Musharaf had piled up a bill of Rs.3.2 million by taking 571 calls after the company offered him roaming facilities on a payment of Rs.10, 000 as a deposit on January 1, 2013.

When the case came up for hearing before Colombo Fort Magistrate ThilinaGamage, the defence counsel said the SIM card offered to his client had been given to a his relative living in Italy  as such it was his relative who should be held  responsible for the offence. He told Court that his client had never used the SIM and thereby was not answerable to the charges.

However, the company maintained that it offered the roaming facilities to the subscriber on an agreement that the subscriber would not entrust the SIM to a third party and that he would not use it for illegal activities. (LakmalSooriyagoda)

  Comments - 16

  • singing fish Tuesday, 18 June 2013 04:31 PM

    He would have used it for illegal activiities and these culprits should be punished severely.

    ANTON Tuesday, 18 June 2013 04:31 PM


    Gamarala Wednesday, 19 June 2013 02:43 AM

    The mobile company should take the whole responsibility for allowing this man to use the roaming facility without a credit limit..All the companys have a credit limit for each and every customer. What a stupid company?

    OMG Wednesday, 19 June 2013 02:44 AM

    3.2 million divided by 24 hours works out to be 2222 rupees per minute.And where in the world has a tariff of 2222 rupees a minute??? May be this guy has been calling the moon or the international space station!!

    ramkumar Wednesday, 19 June 2013 02:47 AM

    what is the usage limit, when we exceed rs.2000/= on our bill they disconnect the service, why didn't they take action on this. something fishy with the mobile company.

    be fair Wednesday, 19 June 2013 02:47 AM

    Is this guy politically connected........

    rajasegar Wednesday, 19 June 2013 02:48 AM

    How can this be possible in 24 hours? What is the charge per minute? Do they charge Rs 2222.00 per minute. However good lesson for this mobile company as they are very reluctant to give roaming facility to genuine long time customers like us.

    Grace Wednesday, 19 June 2013 03:13 AM

    Lot of crimes are committed misusing SIM card worldwide. Authorities should take this case seriously . Wednesday, 19 June 2013 03:12 AM

    3.2 million? Where is the so called credit limit? What the heck were you all doing till he exceed the limit?

    Jaya Wednesday, 19 June 2013 03:18 AM

    True that. not even 2000, they disconnect even if it is less than that, when the their due date passes. Also as far as I know roaming charges are 300 per min max. So how come 3.2m came up?Must be due to something wrong in the phone company billing

    Rajkumar Wednesday, 19 June 2013 03:31 AM

    I totally agreed with Mr Ramkumar's statement. Mobile company offered him roaming facilities on a payment of Rs.10,000.00. Why they didn't disconnect the line when exit the limit.

    Rishan Wednesday, 19 June 2013 03:32 AM

    When roaming the bills are generated in overseas country and sent to local mobile operator end of the month or end of the week. So there is enough time whoever exploit this situation make maximum amounts calls. Wednesday, 19 June 2013 04:28 AM

    3.2 million means 32 laks ryt?

    Justice Seeker Wednesday, 19 June 2013 05:07 AM

    Mind Blown

    UFO Wednesday, 19 June 2013 06:27 AM

    Excellent comment.

    kapa ta pissu Wednesday, 19 June 2013 11:46 AM

    Probably wrong billing by the company....They will appologize for the inconvenience caused to client and may offfer free calls worth 3.2 milion hahahahaha

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