Fake advertisements, a menace; Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu tells his own story

Samajawadi Party MP Naresh Agrawal first spoke on the issue

Fake advertisements, a menace; Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu tells his own story

Could you believe it that the menace of fake advertisement recently had Venkaiah Naidu fooled when the vice president ended up losing around Rs 1,000 to a promising weight loss tablet.

Naidu revealed his experience in Rajya Sabha, of which he is the chairperson, today during a discussion on the problem of misleading and fake advertisement.

Samajawadi Party MP Naresh Agrawal first spoke on the issue expressing concern over the prevalence of fake and/or misleading advertisement appearing in various media.

VP Naidu then interjected to tell the House about his own experience.

He said that after he became vice president, he came across an advertisement of a medication that promised to help lose a certain amount of weight in a certain amount of time. The advertisement asked for some one-thousand rupees which Naidu said he paid.

Then, however, instead of receiving a package of the pills, Naidu recieved a mail telling him there was another tablet he needed to buy to achieve the magical weight loss. That tablet cost another Rs 1,000 and he would be sent the original medication only after he paid money for the second one, the mail said.

This got Naidu suspicious and he then wrote to the consumer affairs ministry telling his experience. Ram Vilas Paswan, the consumer affairs minister, launched an inquiry and the minister surprised Naidu by telling him the company that issued the advertisement was not based in New Delhi but in the United States of America.

Thus the fake ads need to be controlled or eliminated, he said. The Minister on his part promised that his ministry is working to bring in tough legislation to take action against companies that put out such advertisements.

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