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Aadhaar-SIM fraud : All you need to know


Famous Television and Film Actress Maanyatha gets a message from TRAI(Telecom  Regulatory of India) that her SIM card will be blocked, to know more call this number. When she calls that number, she comes to know that a SIM card was issued in her name in Mumbai and a FIR is registered on that SIM for sending some threatening and lewd messages and hence getting blocked. On speaking to the related police officer she comes to know her Aadhaar was used to purchase SIM card, she pleads that she had never visited Mumbai and on further checks, she comes to know that she was a victim of Aadhaar card misuse and SIM card fraud.

 Most of us use Aadhaar card as a Identity card and give out the printouts or photocopies or scanned copies of our Aadhaar card at the Banks, Hotels and various other places, Cybercriminals steal those either by hacking or through the middle man or third party involved in the verification and then misuse our Aadhaar card information or photocopies to get SIM cards or commit various other cybercrimes. I had written previously about the various cybercrimes that are committed misusing our Aadhaar card details(various Aadhaar frauds).

There are two main issues with this fraud, one being issuance of Aadhaar card printouts or photocopies or scanned copies without proper care or necessity and second being the the negligence, irresponsibility, laziness, indifference and ignorance of the verification process by the officers/agents while issuing SIM card, its possible that there can be a inside involvement in the fraud. Also cybercriminals try to buy the SIM cards at Tier-3 cities or in some centers, where the process is not followed in detail.

Precautions that can be taken to prevent such Aadhaar-SIM frauds :-

If you are a victim of such Aadhaar-SIM fraud :-

Immediately call 1930 cyber helpline or file a complaint at website or nearby police station. Lock your Aadhaar card at Aadhaar website or mAadhaar App and file a complaint there on misuse. Block unknown or unused SIM cards issued in your name at sanchaarsathi website. File a complaint against the government or other organizations that have allowed the fraud without proper verification and take legal action against them.

Legal remedies available to the victim :-

You can register a criminal case at your nearest cyber or children specific or regular police station, under the following legal sections or the Act as per sections prescribed by the police based on your case :

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