DoT takes action against electricity KYC update scam, blocks 392 mobile phones

DoT cracks down on electricity KYC update scam Cracking its whip on the growing number of cases of KYC update scams pertaining to electricity connection, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has directed telecom service providers (TSPs) to block 392 mobile handsets misused in cybercrime and financial frauds. The Department has also directed them to re-verify […] The post DoT takes action against electricity KYC update scam, blocks 392 mobile phones appeared first on PGurus.

Jun 18, 2024 - 06:40
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DoT takes action against electricity KYC update scam, blocks 392 mobile phones
The move comes after citizens reported cases of fraudsters using SMS and WhatsApp messages related to electricity KYC updates and malicious APK files to manipulate and gain control over victims' devices

DoT cracks down on electricity KYC update scam

Cracking its whip on the growing number of cases of KYC update scams pertaining to electricity connection, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has directed telecom service providers (TSPs) to block 392 mobile handsets misused in cybercrime and financial frauds.

The Department has also directed them to re-verify 31,740 mobile connections linked to these mobile handsets. The DoT said that failure in re-verification will result in immediate disconnection and blocking of associated handsets.

The move comes after citizens reported cases of fraudsters using SMS and WhatsApp messages related to electricity KYC updates and malicious APK files to manipulate and gain control over victims’ devices.

The complaints were received on the ‘Chakshu‘ platform, which enables citizens to report suspected fraudulent communication from mobile numbers via calls, SMS, or social media like WhatsApp.

Integrated with the DoT’s Sanchar Sathi portal, Chakshu will trigger the re-verification and potential blocking of suspected fraudulent numbers. The DoT has indicated that usernames and details of suspected numbers and those reporting will remain confidential and will never be shared with anyone.

Last month, the DoT directed telecom operators to pan-India blocking 28,200 mobile handsets that were misused in cybercrimes. Orders for immediate re-verification of 20 lakh mobile connections linked to these mobile handsets were issued.

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