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Centre cracks down on fraud, blocks mobiles of scammers impersonating LIC officials

The Indian government has been implementing stringent measures to combat the rising cybercrimes and recently, the authorities took action against fraudsters sending fake messages while posing as Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) officials.

Edited By: Saumya Nigam @snigam04 New Delhi Published on: May 22, 2024 18:16 IST
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The government of India has been taking strict measures on cybercrime which has been growing like wildfire. Recently, a report surfaced, stating that it has taken action against fraudsters who have been sending fake messages- posing as Life Insurance Corporations of India (LIC) officials and insurance company representatives for redemption of the 'SBI Rewards'.

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) received inputs from vigilant citizens regarding such fraud from 14 mobile numbers.

"Within 24 hours, the DoT analysed these cases and generated all linkages for these mobile numbers. Therefore, 372 mobile handsets linked to these mobile numbers were blocked on a pan-India basis," the DoT said in a statement.

Also, 906 mobile connections were suspended and flagged for re-verification.

The Department urged citizens to stay vigilant and report such fraud communications at the 'Chakshu’ facility of the Sanchar Saathi portal.

"Such proactive reporting helps DoT in prevention of misuse of telecom resources for cyber-crime, financial frauds, etc," it noted.

In the fight against the menace of fraudulent calls, alert citizens are playing an indispensable role in preventing cyber crimes with help from the Sanchar Saathi portal. ‘Chakshu’ facilitates citizens to report suspected fraud communication received over call, SMS, or WhatsApp to defraud like KYC expiry or update of bank account, sextortion, impersonation as a government official/relative for sending money, disconnection of all mobile numbers by the DoT, etc.

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The Department of Telecommunications (DoT), recently disconnected several mobile numbers and blocked 20 mobile handsets for misuse of them for cybercrime and financial fraud. In a post on X (formerly known as Twitter), the department wrote that several mobile numbers were disconnected by them, and "20 associated mobile handsets have been blocked for misuse in cybercrime/Financial Fraud".

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The Chakshu portal has been developed under the Sanchar Saathi Initiative, is a Digital Intelligence Platform (DIP). It is integrates with Sanchar Saathi and the stakeholders could take quick action on numbers, messages and more, which were reported on the portal.

Inputs from IANS

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