DoT advisory to citizens to not to take fake calls threatening disconnection

Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Communications, has issued an advisory to citizens to not to take fake calls being received by the citizens wherein callers are threatening to disconnect their mobile numbers, or their mobile numbers are being misused in some illegal activities. Cyber criminals through such calls try to threaten or steal personal information to carry out cyber-crime/financial frauds.

Various measures have been taken to combat suspected fraud communications and to curb cybercrime activities:

  1. Under CHAKSHU facility, 52 Principal Entities, involved in sending malicious and phishing SMSs to the citizens have been blacklisted.
  2. 700 SMS content templates have been deactivated. 348 mobile handsets blacklisted on pan- India basis across all telecom operators.
  3. 10,834 suspected mobile numbers flagged for re-verification to the telecom operators out of which 8272 mobile connections disconnected failing re-verification till 30th April 2024.
  4. 1.86 lakh mobile handsets blocked on pan India basis for involvement in cybercrime/financial frauds.
  5. Advisories have been issued on a regular basis for the public to create awareness on fake notices impersonating DoT/TRAI, suspected fraud communications and malicious calls via press, SMS, and social media.