Spoofed International Calls To Be Blocked To Curb Fraudsters 

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Spoofed International Calls To Be Blocked To Curb Fraudsters 

| Updated: May 27, 2024 09:13

This initiative aims to curb the rise in cybercrimes and financial frauds

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has joined forces with telecom service providers (TSPs) to block incoming international calls disguised as familiar Indian mobile numbers. 

This initiative aims to curb the rise in cybercrimes and financial frauds perpetrated through spoofed calls. There has been a growing problem of spoofed calls used for scams, impersonations, and fraud. 

A directive has been issued to TSPs to block incoming international calls displaying spoofed Indian mobile numbers. The DoT and TSPs have developed a system to identify and block these malicious calls. This builds upon previous efforts that already blocked spoofed calls appearing as Indian landline numbers. 

Caller IDs manipulated

Fraudsters often manipulate caller ID to display seemingly familiar Indian numbers, gaining the trust of unsuspecting victims. These calls have been used for various scams, including impersonating government officials, threatening fake arrests, or creating panic about deliveries containing narcotics.

However, the DoT acknowledges the evolving nature of cybercrime. While the new system is a significant step forward, there’s a chance some fraudulent calls might still slip through. To combat this, the DoT encourages users to report suspicious calls on the Sanchar Saathi portal’s ‘Chakshu’ facility. 

The government’s initiative aligns with its vision of ‘Digital India’, where user safety is paramount. By taking proactive measures to curb spoofed calls, the DoT aims to create a more secure and trustworthy digital environment for Indian citizens.

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