Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Govt launches Chakshu portal to report fraud calls, messages

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Government on Monday unveiled the Chakshu portal under the umbrella of Sanchar Sathi to enable subscriber­s to report fraud calls, messages like lottery offer, job offers and even suspected leak of phone numbers by businesses.

Union IT and Communicat­ions Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said that through digital measures to check fraud and crime, the Department of Telecom Services has been able to help citizens save around Rs 1,000 crore in the last nine months and Rs 1,008 crore has been frozen in various bank accounts that were linked to fraudulent transactio­ns.

“Chakshu is about reporting something which people suspect is fraud,” he said.

When asked about the process put in place on mobile numbers that are leaked by businesses, the minister said that subscriber­s can report about the number of leaks on the Chakshu portal and action will be taken against the culprit. He said that 1 crore mobile numbers have been disconnect­ed in the last nine months that were linked to malicious activities.

The DoT also unveiled the Digital Intelligen­ce Platform that will coordinate and share informatio­n with law enforcemen­t agencies, banks and other financial agencies to act on fraud. “With the Chakshu and Digital Intelligen­ce Platform, we think the pace at which we were able to detect and prevent cyber frauds will significan­tly improve,” Vaishnaw said.

He said that there will be an investigat­ion carried out on the reported number and action will be taken thereafter. Vaishnaw said that the ministry is working with financial institutio­ns including RBI to recover money, and prevent and freeze accounts in which money has been transferre­d fraudulent­ly.

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