Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has directed all telecom operators to immediately stop all prize schemes, even if they are legitimate, or operators will have to face legal action from PTA in accordance with law.
A letter from PTA to all telecom service providers dated May 28th, 2012, made available to ProPakistani, read that authority regularly receives complaints from customers regarding the Inami schemes that various telecom companies have been offering.
Pakistan Telecommunication Authority termed these prize schemes as misleading and against Telecom Consumer Protection Regulation and hence directed all telecom operators to stop such offerings with immediate effect to avoid any legal action.
Inami Schemes or lucky draws are considered a lucrative revenue inflow for telecom operators. Industry sources suggest that one such scheme earns PKR 4 to 5 million for a telecom operator per day or PKR 150 million a month.
However, such schemes are usually misleading and result into loss of valuable money for telecom consumers. These prize schemes, officially announced and advertised by telecom operators, give an opportunity to fraudulent people to fake the schemes and earn money through illegal means.
PTA has asked telecom operators to submit their compliance report in two days.
Check below the scan of PTA’s letter on Prize/Inami Schemes offered by Telecom operators: