Now it’s easy to find out how many mobile numbers are in active use on any individual’s name. The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has launched a portal — tafcop.dgtelecom.gov.in — which can be used by people to check if someone is using a mobile number on his or her name without their knowledge.
In view of increasing incidents of unauthorized use of one’s details by others for taking mobile SIM cards and misusing them for illegal or unlawful purposes, the department has come up with this online tool to help people get rid of numbers which they are not actually using, said AP region’s Deputy Director General of DoT, A. Robert Ravi.
The site will help people to identify the number of mobile connections issued in their name. People can request to block the numbers which are issued in their name, but actually not used by them, he said.
The official said the number of mobile connections that can be issued to any individual is restricted to nine. However, more than nine mobile connections are operational in the names of certain users. The portal will streamline the process for consumers in the licensed service area consisting of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, he said.
The service will be extended to other circles in a phased manner. Users can check by using any active number and OTP on the portal.
The department will alert the consumers through SMS informing the number of mobile connections working in their names. The consumers can visit the portal and report the numbers that are no longer used by them or not required. Once the action is taken by the user, the telecom service providers will block or deactivate the numbers. The consumers will be provided ticket IDs with which they can track the progress of action requested, he added.