• Ishaan kakkar

India to set up Digital Intelligence Unit to investigate fake SMSes, loan frauds

The government may soon impose a penalty on both registered and unregistered telemarketers for repetitive violation of the rules laid down by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for sending commercial messages. Further, a nodal agency called the Digital Intelligence Unit (DIU) will be set up to investigate these offences.

During a meeting chaired by the IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasadit, it was decided that a web/mobile application and an SMS-based system would be devised to enable telecom subscribers to lodge their complaints related to matters involving UCC.

The main function of DIU will be to coordinate with various law enforcement agencies, financial institutions and telecom service providers in investigating any fraudulent activity involving telecom resources. A licence service area level, Telecom Analytics for Fraud Management and Consumer Protection (TAFCOP) system will also be created.

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