India is seeing an increase in online scam instances, and there have been numerous reports of people getting calls and messages from strange international numbers recently. With the help of deceitful strategies, scammers are now expanding their reach to messaging services like WhatsApp in an effort to con unwary people out of their hard-earned money. Telecom Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has asked Indians not to pick up mobile phone calls from “unknown numbers” in order to curb the escalating incidents and take safeguards.
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In her remarks to the media in response to a query about spam calls and online fraud, Vaishnaw emphasised a crucial plea for citizens all around the nation. He urged them not to pick up calls on their phones from “unknown numbers.””People should never pick up calls from unknown numbers,” he said. According to The Times of India, “I request every individual to answer to calls from just those (telephone/mobile) numbers they identify.
Ashwini highlighted that people should only respond to unknown callers if they leave an identification message because not all unknown callers are necessarily participating in scam calls.
The minister also disclosed that the Telecom ministry has taken further steps to address the rise in cyberfraud instances. Vaishnaw stressed the ministry’s recent launch of the ‘Sanchar Saathi’ portal to combat spam calls and online fraud. He disclosed that the government had blacklisted 41,000 unlawful “points of sale” agents and more than 40 lakh faulty SIM cards.