The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested members of a group involved in fraudulently issuing mobile phone SIMs by using fake biometric verification machines. It is suspected that the SIMs were used in frauds of a large amount.
Fake biometric machines:The Cyber Crime Wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has received more than 4,547 complaints of unsolicited/fraudulent calls. These cybercrime activities are financially deceiving common people.
In 2019 and 2020, the Cyber Crime FIA registered 90 First Information Reports (FIRs), 107 accused were arrested while 17 bio metric verification (BVS) devices, 25,192 SIMs, and 6,446 silicon thumbs impressions along with a voter list were recovered. The loss averted during 2019-20 was R.71.99 million, and the estimated cost of the confiscated items was Rs 91.76 million.
The sources revealed that there was no integrated system for issuing SIMs. In addition, none of the agencies concerned have the data regarding where the fake biometric machines came from and how many had arrived in the country. They said a system was also needed to ascertain whether a biometric verification machine was counterfeit or had been tampered with.
The Cyber Crime FIA has established a special team in every cybercrime reporting centre to deal with complaints about unsolicited callers who defrauded people and collaborates with the PTA to crack down on such franchises that fraudulently activate SIMs.