Before the practice of eKYC with fingerprint verification to get a new SIM card came, it was not very difficult to issue a SIM card in someone’s name for fraud. To tighten the protection against identity theft, DoT has recently launched a portal where any Aadhaar holder can check the SIM card issued in his/her name. The name of the portal is Telecom Analytics for Fraud Management and Consumer Protection (TAFCOP). By following some easy steps, you can check the list of mobile numbers issued in your name.
The portal facilitates the consumers by informing them about the number of connections they have. Users can visit the portal and report numbers that are no longer used or needed by them. Telecom service providers will then block or deactivate the numbers.
Phase 1: Go to the TAFFCOP Portal – https://tafcop.dgtelecom.gov.in/
Phase 2: Please ensure that you have entered the correct address. You will see an input field in the center of the homepage, and click on “Get OTP” button.
step 3: Soon, you will receive an OTP from DoT. Enter the OTP and click on “Validate” button.
step 4: If the OTP verification was successful, you will see a list of mobile numbers issued along with your Aadhaar details. Note that if your number is activated as a corporate connection, all the mobiles related to the connection will be listed.
Step 5: Look at the numbers carefully. If you don’t recognize any of them, or if you don’t use a number anymore, you can report them to DoT from the portal itself.
Step 6: To report a number, select the checkbox to the left of the number, and click “This is not my number” if you do not remember to purchase the number. For numbers you no longer need, click on the “Not required” option.
Step 7Finally, click on the Report button.
If you don’t have any inactive or suspicious numbers in your name, there is no need to report them. Now that there is a dedicated portal for this service, wherever you use your Aadhaar card with an external agency, it is a good practice to keep checking your number regularly.