TRAI to Airtel, Reliance Jio, BSNL and Vodafone-Idea: Warn users about such SMS messages – Times of India

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Tray) asked telecom service providers — Aertel, BSNL, Reliance Jio and Vodafone-Idea — to warn subscribers about messages sent by cybercriminals on behalf of the telecom regulator.
“Nowadays, many messages are being sent in the name of TRAI and the public is being misled,” TRAI Secretary V Raghunandan told the Economic Times. “In order to create awareness and advise the general public, we would like to send an advisory and warning message to all callers.”
What fake messages are being sent
Of late, fraudsters have been sending messages to mobile subscribers in the name of Trai, seeking No Objection Certificate (NOC) for mast installation or verification of existing mobile number to avoid disconnection.
Trey has issued similar advice in the past, warning the public against such fake messages.
What message does TRAI want telecom operators to send?
Telecom operators will share the SMS from the BT-TRAIND header, which is the terminology used by Trai across India. The SMS said, “Trai never sends any message or makes any call to verify/disconnect/message mobile numbers. Beware of such messages/calls on behalf of Trai. Any call or message claiming to be from Trai should be heeded .potentially fraudulent and may be reported to the National Cybercrime Reporting Portal.”
India has about 1.15 billion mobile subscribers – Reliance Jio (450 million), Bharti Airtel (380 million), Vodafone Idea (220 million) and state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (95 million). These telecom operators have been asked to share warning messages with their subscriber bases starting January 1.
From the next week to 10 days, all telecom service operators will send a message to all subscribers and subsequently be asked to prescribe similar texts in regional languages, the official said.