SIM-ply no more: DoT targets 6.80 lakh suspect connections for re-verification

GG News Bureau
New Delhi, 24th May. 
In a key step to tackle identity fraud in the telecom sector, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has identified approximately 6.80 lakh mobile connections suspected to have been obtained using invalid, non-existent, or fake/forged Proof of Identity (PoI) and Proof of Address (PoA) KYC documents.

Key Highlights:

Identification of Suspected Fraudulent Connections: Leveraging advanced AI-driven analysis, DoT has flagged around 6.80 lakh mobile connections as potentially fraudulent. The dubious nature of the PoI/PoA KYC documents suggests the use of fabricated information to obtain these connections.

Directive for Re-verification: In response to the findings, DoT has issued directives to Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) to conduct immediate re-verification of the identified mobile numbers. All TSPs are mandated to complete the re-verification process for the flagged connections within 60 days. Failure to comply will result in the disconnection of the concerned mobile numbers.

Combined Efforts Yield Results: The collaborative efforts between various sectors and the utilization of AI technology have played a pivotal role in identifying these fraudulent connections. This underscores the effectiveness of integrated digital platforms in combating identity fraud and ensuring the integrity of the telecom ecosystem.

Ensuring Security and Integrity: DoT’s initiative for re-verification aims to uphold the integrity of mobile connections and bolster the security of digital transactions. By ensuring the authenticity of user information, DoT is committed to creating a secure digital environment for all citizens.

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