FIA (Federal Investigation Agency) has captured a group who were using more than 1,300 active and biometrically verified GSM SIMs for grey trafficking. The group consisted of more than 20 people. Federal Investigation Agency Crime Circle Punjab reported that they caught the drift via online forums where the group were discussing how to get biometrically verified active SIMs required to use in VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol)
Deputy Director FIA Cyber Crime, Syed Shahid Hassan in an interview with Dawn News told “We started focusing such users of internet forums and chat-rooms in order to reach them”
First FIA caught the person who was selling those active SIMs the group were using, which then finally led to the entire team.mHe further said “During the raids the FIA team also confiscated 18 voice exchanges, 1,300 GSM active SIMs.” “They even buy and sell GSM gateway devices and active SIMs on these forums”, said Deputy Director of FIA.
It won’t be out of place to mention that law enforcement agencies, PTA and telecom operators had thought that after abolishment of ICH and biometric verification of each and every GSM SIM in the country, the illegal termination of international voice calling would end.After the abolishment of ICH and biometric verification order of each GSM SIM in the country, The Law enforcement agencies, such as PTA, and other telecom operators had nonetheless thought that the illegal termination international voice calling would finally end.
But unfortunately, just for the sake of few hundred rupees, there, still exists some people who buy active SIMs against their own names and CNICs and sell them to the agents. And after collecting a considerable amount of SIMs from such people, at the end sell the bulk to grey traffickers who use these active SIMs for such illegal activities. Fake schemes, lotteries, such as fake Benazir Income Support messages are also sent using these SIMs
Telecom operators say that law enforcement agencies should get to those who are original owners of these SIMs to ensure that no one gives away their active SIMs to any buyers, regardless of the lucrative price.Telecom operators suggest that law enforcing agencies should plan to get to the original owners of these SIM’s and make example out of them accordingly so that no one follows their footpath. A mobile phone company official said “FIA has to enforce strict laws in order to make sure that active SIMs are not re-sold to anyone in order to avoid any illegal activity through mobile SIMs”