No more bulk SIM cards as govt. steps in to curb fraud

Syllabus: Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.

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To reduce cyber frauds performed through fraudulently acquired SIM cards, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will now mandate registration and “indisputable verification” of SIM dealers

Action taken

  • Recent efforts to curb fraudulent mobile connections have led to the blacklisting of 67,000 SIM dealers, 52 lakh connections, and the registration of over 300 First Information Reports (FIR)
  • The data and evidence… showed us that there is complicity of dealers in cyberfraudster, where attackers buy [mobile] numbers in bulk, use them to call and defraud people, and quickly move on to another number.
  • SIM dealers who are found complicit in such schemes will be fined ₹10 lakh.
  • The facility to provide SIM connections in bulk to companies is being discontinued, and instead a “business” system is being put in place, where they have to undertake KYC (Know Your Customer) when a SIM is being issued to them.

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