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1.4 Lakh Mobile Numbers Blocked; Government Crackdown on Digital Fraud

New Delhi, Feb 10 (WD):

Government Cracks Down on Digital Fraud: 1.4 Lakh Mobile Numbers Blocked

In a proactive move to combat digital fraud, the government has taken stringent measures, blocking a staggering 1.4 lakh mobile numbers associated with financial fraud. Financial Services Secretary Vivek Joshi led a crucial meeting on Cyber Security in the Financial Services Sector, emphasizing the need for robust measures to safeguard against such threats.

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Keen Surveillance on 35 Lakh Entities

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has closely scrutinized 35 lakh major entities engaged in bulk SMS activities. As a result, 19,776 key entities identified for sending malicious SMS have been blacklisted. Additionally, 30,700 SMS headers and 1,95,766 SMS templates have been disconnected to thwart fraudulent activities.

To ensure public safety, over 500 arrests have been made, and significant measures have been taken, including blocking 3.08 lakh SIMs and 50,000 IMEIs, along with the blocking of 592 fake links/APKs and 2,194 URLs since April 2023. The government underscores the importance of public awareness in combating cybercrime.

Stringent Measures to Combat Fraudulent Activities

Banks and financial institutions are mandated to utilize regular 10-digit numbers for TRAI promotional activities and special series like ‘140xxx’ for commercial or promotional endeavors. Notably, the Department of Telecom (DOT) has deployed an AI-machine learning-based engine, ASTR, to detect mobile connections obtained through fake documents.

The blocking of 1.4 lakh mobile handsets, either linked to disconnected mobile connections or involved in cybercrime or financial fraud, underscores the government’s commitment to safeguarding citizens’ interests.

The integration of the Citizen Financial Cyber Fraud Reporting and Management System (CFCFRMS) platform with the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal (NCRP) will centralize efforts, fostering enhanced collaboration between law enforcement agencies, banks, and financial institutions. This initiative aims to facilitate timely monitoring and prevention of fraudulent activities. Stay vigilant, stay informed with wattandaily.com.

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