The Interior Ministry has confirmed that it is possible to use SIMs for unsolicited calls even after biometric verification.
The Interior Minister was asked in the National Assembly about whether relevant authorities have taken notice of a large number of unsolicited calls which are made by fraudulent people to rob the common man and whether is it possible to use such SIMs for such calls after biometric verification.
Minister for Interior Ijaz Ahmad Shah, through a written response, stated that under section 25D Telegraphic Act of Unsolicited calls on GSM is the mandate of Local Police. During the current year under section 13, 14, of PECA CCW-HA has received a total of 7577 complaints regarding these unsolicited/fraudulent calls where common people were financially deceived.
Out of 7577 complaints, 1277 were converted into inquiry and 14 cases were registered in this regard.
CCW-FIA track and trace the owner of such SIMs and interrogates them. The interrogations revealed that all such SIMs were activated fraudulently by using different fraudulent techniques like silicon thumb impression etc.
“Yes, it is possible that after biometric verification such SIMs can be used for unsolicited calls. Under section 17 PECA “Unauthorized Issuance of SIMs Cards” is the mandate of PTA to check and monitor the illegal SIMs 25 biometric verification. During current year CCW-FIA registered 07 FIR u/s 17 and 7 accused are arrested in the recovery of 7 BVS devices and 2045 Silicon Thumb impression and 5400 sheets along with voter lists”, the minister added.
CCW-FIA established a special team in every Cybercrime Reporting Center which deals with the complaint against such unsolicited caller who defrauds the common people, and also jointly crackdown with PTA against such a franchise who activate SIMs fraudulently. PTA is the authority to monitor such activation of SIMs proactively.