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Cyber crime: Government directs telcos to block incoming international spoofed calls

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In an attempt to curb cyber crime, the Government of India has issued directions to telecom service providers to block incoming international spoofed calls displaying Indian mobile numbers.
“It has been reported that fraudsters are making international spoofed calls displaying Indian mobile numbers to Indian citizens and committing cyber-crime and financial frauds. These calls appear to be originating within India but being made by the cyber-criminals from abroad by manipulating the Calling Line Identity (CLI). Such international spoofed calls have been misused in recent cases of fake digital arrests, FedEx scams, drugs/narcotics in courier, impersonation as Govt and police officials, disconnections of mobile numbers by DoT/TRAI officials, etc.,” as per a statement issued by the Ministry of Communications.
To combat such frauds and enhance cyber safety of Indian citizens, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and Telecom Service Providers have created a system to identify and block such incoming international spoofed calls from reaching any Indian telecom subscriber. The government has directed service providers to block such incoming international spoofed calls.
Meanwhile, telecom service providers have already started blocking incoming international spoofed calls with Indian landline numbers following the directions issued by DoT.
The Government of India has been persistently making efforts to check cyber frauds under the secure India project at three levels: national, organisational, and individual. DoT, MHA and Police have joined hands for curbing the misuse of telecom resources in cyber crime and financial frauds.
Keeping in mind the safety and security of India’s citizens, DoT has taken initiatives including citizen centric Sanchar Saathi portal (https://sancharsaathi.gov.in/) to protect telecom users.

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