|Two petrol stations of the Hanoi Petrol Fuel Company (HFC), located at 436 Tran Khat Chan Street and in Yen Vien Commune, have been penalised for using an electronic chip to defraud customers. —
HA NOI (VNS) — Police and standards inspectors in Ha Noi yesterday found that two petrol stations were cheating customers with the help of an electronic chip.
The two petrol stations of the Hanoi Petrol Fuel Company (HFC) are located at 436 Tran Khat Chan Street and in Yen Vien Commune. They have been penalised for illegally using an electronic chip to defraud customers.
The two petrol stations used the chip to rig the display of fuel prices and quantities, market management team number 14 said.
The petrol station employees controlled the chip from a distance, enabling them to sell less gas than the quantity displayed on the pump screen, and to pocket about eight per cent of every sale.
"Using a standard measuring device, inspectors found that customers were getting only 19 litres of petrol while paying for 20 litres," the management team said.
The 2000sq.m petrol station in Yen Vien Commune was inaugurated in May 2015. The HFC estimated this station could sell 300cu.m of petrol every month.
According to the information published on the website of the company, it has 17 shops and 3,000 employees.
The company has sold 88,000cu.m of petrol so far this year. In November 2015, it was the only company in petrol business in the city to be honoured for its quality and prestige in the market.
The two fuel stations have been banned from operating till further investigations are completed. — VNS