By:-Anupam Singh Sengar
The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has introduced TAFCOP, which stands for Telecom Analytics for Fraud Management and Consumer Protection, to assist customers in determining if a SIM card issued against their Aadhaar card is being used without their knowledge. Users are provided with services via the site, which informs subscribers of the number of connections they have. It also sends them an SMS if they have more than nine multiple connections associated with their name. Consumers can utilize the portal to report phone numbers that they no longer use or are obliged to disclose.
The numbers will subsequently be blocked or deactivated by the telecom service providers. Subscribers who have more than nine multiple connections or connections that have not been registered in their name can take action through the website. Users may check the status of their requests by signing in with their phone number and entering the “Ticket ID Ref No” into the “Request Status” box.
Users must input their cellphone number and validate it with a one-time password after visiting the TAFCOP website (OTP). The webpage then displays a list of mobile numbers associated with their IDs. Users can file a report on their website if they discover numbers registered on sites that are not in their name. They don’t have to do anything if they want to keep such statistics. After consumers have made a complaint, the department will send them an SMS informing them of the number of active cell connections in their names.
The telecom agency created the webpage in April “in light of an increase in unauthorized use of one’s personal information by others for the aim of obtaining mobile SIM cards and abusing them for illicit or criminal activities. “As for the current scenario, the portal indicates that the services of the portal are exclusively rendered to residents of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
However, we were able to trace the numbers against a single SIM card in Maharashtra and Karnataka, indicating the service may have begun to expand to other circles as well. TAFCOP’s website states on its about page, “The website has been designed to assist subscribers to verify the number of mobile connections functioning in their name, and take required measures for regularizing their extra mobile connections if any.”