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Govt warns consumers on online fraud for liquor home delivery

26/05/2020 at 11:30 PM

Bhubaneswar, May 26: The Excise Department of state government today warned the consumers on online fraud for home delivery of liquor in Odisha.

In a letter, the Excise Department said that through various media reports it is learnt that in the garb of online delivery of liquor some fraudsters have started using social media platforms and portal for receiving orders and payments for sale of liquor.

Government has permitted home delivery of liquor only through the following methods– directly through Retailers: The ON/OFF shop retailers will display their phone number etc. outside their shop and can receive their orders directly. Their number are also listed on OSBC website (osbc.co.in),“ reads the letter.

Consumer can place orders through these phone numbers/whatsapp number.

In addition, food aggregators/ technology platforms/service delivery providers ehave also been permitted to participate in-home delivery of liquor.

In order to protect consumers from getting cheated, only those agencies who are given NOC by Excise Commissioner can get engaged for this purpose.

The list of agencies given NOC by Excise Commissioner is available in OSBC website (osbc.co.in). to far two agencies named ZOMATO & SWIGGY have been permitted.

Consumers are advised to verify the genuineness of vendors / agencies offering home delivery service for liquor in Odisha through above website and not get lured by attractive offers of fake websites/social media platforms etc..

Excise Superintendents have been advised to lodge FIR if any unauthorized person / agency is found offering the service of their website/portal / application for home delivery of liquor.

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