A special “Fraud Intelligence Unit” has been setup to monitor all television and print advertisements for their legitimacy and do the relevant investigations when the necessity arise, SSP Maxi Proctor, Head of the Fraud Investigations Bureau (FIB) told Daily Mirror online.
The Intelligence Unit will create a database regarding advertisement and act as a preventive factor for fraudsters of many varieties who daily dupe the general public using advertisements.
Illegal loans, vehicle sales, land sales, suspicions phone numbers and all kinds’ of suspicious advertisements appearing on print and electronic media will be monitored by the Fraud Investigations Bureau in the future and investigated.
By doing so we intend to reduce the illegal activities which are advertisements based and protect the general public, SSP Maxi Proctor said. (Daily Mirror online)
Palitha Heenthotuwa Saturday, 02 October 2010 01:06 AM
Ranjith Saturday, 02 October 2010 01:58 AM
Well doine, SLPD!. Many of Ad companies violating the ethics and produce misinformations but creep though skill of the art. These ad firms must hold responsible for the image and perception build though their creativity in future. We will take them to mat!.
Tharaka Chanaka Saturday, 02 October 2010 02:24 AM
What about advertisements of false promises made by politicians during election campaigning??....will that too be scrutinized?
Gamini Saturday, 02 October 2010 02:28 AM
Much awated measure !!!! Must be held for criminal liability because they mislead the poor cosumer, public on behalf of muilty billion bloodsuckers such as milk powder sellers,Insurance companies, herbal soap sellers & many more such pick pocket criminals operate in our country.
Just Another Citizen Saturday, 02 October 2010 03:12 AM
Well it's a bit late in the day for them to be doing this. Some of the major companies involved in fraud have been in business for many years. How come nothing was done to monitor these before? Aren't they supposed to be scrutinized well in advance?
KAMAL SUBASINGHE Saturday, 02 October 2010 03:52 AM
What about goverments illegal deceptive propaganda?
malli Saturday, 02 October 2010 04:00 AM
Either through ignorance or through blind worshiping, you have failed to notice that THIS IS THE FIRST STEP FOR LOCAL GESTAPO!!
Defender Saturday, 02 October 2010 04:08 AM
Very very good move by SL police. Infact, the police has implemented so many positive steps recently to improve the service. Our salute to the Police!!
Ismail Uvaizur Rahma Saturday, 02 October 2010 04:39 AM
Its a well come move. but, too late. It shoud have been done at least 10 yrs back. Misleading, Fake n offensive adds r displays in all medias. It shoud have been nip in d bud.
Ravi Saturday, 02 October 2010 04:41 AM
There are astrology programmes in TV channels with frauds showing themselves as astrologers. They should also be investigated.
Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 02 October 2010 04:42 AM
How about applying the same to government misinformation and cheap propaganda over the controlled electronic and print media, such as "Patchavahini" and "Bake house" newspapers.
Katussa Saturday, 02 October 2010 04:43 AM
Dupe the public, you say? How about monitoring the crap the ministers say to dupe the unsuspecting public?
AMI Saturday, 02 October 2010 05:31 AM
Well said Calistus, Something very pertinant to th move underway.
OneLanka Saturday, 02 October 2010 08:01 AM
Great move. Please ensure it is done with deligence and sustainably.
My first advise is to educate the Police Officers in the subject matter prior to getting the show on the road.
THE UNDERTAKER Saturday, 02 October 2010 08:31 AM
LAWS ARE MADE FROM DONKEYS AGES IN SRI LANKA-BUT NEVER IMPELEMENTED PROPERLY-SO THIS LAW WILL HAVE A NATURAL DEATH
DD Saturday, 02 October 2010 08:38 AM
A proper Office of Communications (Ofcom) is required to regulate the media and advertising industries. A proper regulatory body is an urgent need in Sri Lanka.
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