Government directs telecom companies to ban international fake calls

New Delhi: The government has directed telecom companies to block all incoming international fake calls displaying Indian mobile numbers. In a statement issued on Sunday, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) said that it has been reported that fraudsters are making international fake calls to Indian citizens using Indian mobile numbers and committing cyber crimes and financial frauds.

According to the statement, such calls appear to be originating from within India but are being made by cyber criminals from foreign countries by manipulating the Calling Line Identity (CLI) and have been misused in recent cases such as fake digital arrests, FedEx scams, drugs or narcotics in couriers, impersonating government and police officials, blocking mobile numbers by posing as DoT or TRAI officials, etc.

According to the statement, DoT and telecom service providers (TSPs) have developed a system to identify such international fraudulent calls and block them from reaching any Indian telecom customer. Now instructions have been issued to TSPs to block such incoming international fraudulent calls. As per the instructions issued by the Department of Telecommunications, international fraudulent calls coming with Indian landline numbers are already being blocked by TSPs.

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