The government on Sunday announced its steps to tackle incoming fake international calls displaying Indian mobile numbers. These calls, made by cybercriminals from abroad, dupe Indian citizens, leading to cybercrime and financial fraud.

Fraudsters manipulate Calling Line Identity (CLI), making calls appear to originate in India. These spoofed calls have been misused in various scams, including fake digital arrests, FedEx scams, and impersonating government and police officials.

Lockdown measures implemented

In response, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) have collaborated to develop a system to detect and prevent these international fake calls from reaching Indian telecom subscribers.

Directives have been sent to TSPs to promptly block incoming international fake calls. Also, TSPs are already blocking incoming fake international calls to Indian landline numbers, following DoT's earlier directives, the press release noted.

Prioritize user safety

The government emphasizes user security, a crucial aspect of the Digital India vision. Several initiatives, including the citizen-centric Sanchar Saathi portal, aim to protect telecom users.

Since its launch in May last year, the Sanchar Saathi portal allows users to track lost phones, lock them and report identity theft. It has already tracked more than 700,000 phones and detected 6.7 million suspicious communication attempts.

Report suspicious communications

Despite preventive measures, some fraudsters can still succeed through alternative methods.

The press release urges people to report suspected fraud communications at Chakshu facilities in Sanchar Saathi, helping to protect others from scams and cybercrimes.


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