The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is alerting citizens about a surge in malicious calls claiming that mobile numbers will be disconnected within two hours by the DoT. These calls are fraudulent attempts to deceive and potentially exploit individuals.

The DoT noted that it does not make calls to citizens threatening disconnection and hence urged citizens to exercise caution and not provide any personal information if they receive such calls.

Meanwhile, a few precautions advised by the DoT includes:

  • To not share any personal information if one receives a call threatening disconnection. Instead, verify the authenticity of such calls with the service providers.
  • To be aware that the DoT does not communicate disconnection warnings via phone calls. Any such call should be treated as suspicious.
  • To report any suspicious calls at the National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal.

The DoT is emphasising the importance of staying vigilant, verifying information, and promptly reporting any suspicious activity. They are working closely with law enforcement agencies to address these fraudulent calls and protect citizens from potential exploitation.