Bengaluru: Illegal and unwanted ads infiltrate Namma Metro, QR Code scam uncovered in metro restrooms

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Published April 29, 2024 at 6:05pm

Update April 29, 2024 at 6:06pm

    Namma Metro authorities discover advertising QR codes in metro stations

    These QR codes were affixed illegally in various metro washrooms

    An individual has been arrested and further investigations are on in this issue

Namma Metro authorities were left scrambling after discovering advertising QR codes strategically placed within one of the metro station’s facilities.

Disguised as a regular passenger, an individual surreptitiously affixed the advertising QR codes in metro washrooms that drew the attention from both metro officials and local law enforcement.

Also read: Bengaluru: 10L passenger surge in BMTC, metro ridership up at 8L amid summer heat

The incident, which unfolded in one of the metro stations sparked immediate concern among metro authorities. Suspicion arose when an individual was observed behaving unusually in the men’s restroom of the metro station. Acting swiftly, officials trailed that individual, uncovering the QR codes pasted by him to the restroom walls.

QR codes were pasted in the washrooms of many metro stations from Silk Institute to Rajajinagar metro station and from Kengeri to Dipanjali Nagar metro station.

Upon investigation, it was revealed that scanning the code led to various Instagram pages and even advertisements, including one promoting a certain brand of chocolate known to excite male consumers. Consequently, metro authorities swiftly lodged a complaint against the individual with the Byatarayanapura police station.

Speaking to NewsFirst Prime, Yashwanth Chouhan, PRO, BMRCL said, “Nobody should advertise anything on our metro platforms. If they want to do it, there’s a method to do it. Our authorities will study the proposed product to be advertised and then give approval to it. In this case, no permission had been sought. He used to stick QR codes of chocolates in the washroom. He has been arrested and further investigations are on.”

Bengaluru: Illegal and unwanted ads infiltrate Namma Metro, QR Code scam uncovered in metro restrooms

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    Namma Metro authorities discover advertising QR codes in metro stations

    These QR codes were affixed illegally in various metro washrooms

    An individual has been arrested and further investigations are on in this issue

Namma Metro authorities were left scrambling after discovering advertising QR codes strategically placed within one of the metro station’s facilities.

Disguised as a regular passenger, an individual surreptitiously affixed the advertising QR codes in metro washrooms that drew the attention from both metro officials and local law enforcement.

Also read: Bengaluru: 10L passenger surge in BMTC, metro ridership up at 8L amid summer heat

The incident, which unfolded in one of the metro stations sparked immediate concern among metro authorities. Suspicion arose when an individual was observed behaving unusually in the men’s restroom of the metro station. Acting swiftly, officials trailed that individual, uncovering the QR codes pasted by him to the restroom walls.

QR codes were pasted in the washrooms of many metro stations from Silk Institute to Rajajinagar metro station and from Kengeri to Dipanjali Nagar metro station.

Upon investigation, it was revealed that scanning the code led to various Instagram pages and even advertisements, including one promoting a certain brand of chocolate known to excite male consumers. Consequently, metro authorities swiftly lodged a complaint against the individual with the Byatarayanapura police station.

Speaking to NewsFirst Prime, Yashwanth Chouhan, PRO, BMRCL said, “Nobody should advertise anything on our metro platforms. If they want to do it, there’s a method to do it. Our authorities will study the proposed product to be advertised and then give approval to it. In this case, no permission had been sought. He used to stick QR codes of chocolates in the washroom. He has been arrested and further investigations are on.”

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