FIA Busts 20 Grey Traffickers with 1,300 Verified and Active SIMs

Federal Investigation Agency has nabbed a group of 20 grey traffickers who were using more than 1,300 active and biometrically verified GSM SIMs for grey trafficking.

FIA Cyber Crime Circle Punjab said that they were tipped about the grey traffickers through online forums where they were discussing the devices used in Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and how to get biometrically verified active SIMs.

“We started focusing such users of internet forums and chat-rooms in order to reach them”, told Syed Shahid Hassan, Deputy Director, FIA Cyber Crime to Dawn News.

Shahid said that they initially caught the person who was selling active SIMs that were verified through BVS, who ultimately led the team to illegal voice exchange operators.

These verified and active SIMs are also used for fake lottery scams, fake BISP messages and other illegal activities

“During the raids the FIA team also confiscated 18 voice exchanges, 1,300 GSM active SIMs,” he added.

The FIA official revealed that grey traffickers used to converse about illegal modems, exchanges, active SIMs on these internet forums. “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.

However, there are individuals — usually in far flung areas of the country — who buy active SIMs against their names/CNICs and sell them to agents for just few hundred rupees per SIM.

FIA has to enforce strict laws in order to make sure that active SIMs are never re-sold to anyone

Agents, in the end, trade large volume of active SIMs and sell them to grey traffickers who use these SIMs for illegal voice termination.

These active SIMs are also used for fake lottery scams, fake Benazir Income Support messages and other illegal activities.

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.

“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”, said a mobile phone company official.

Also Read: Govt Can Easily Stop Grey Traffic, Fake BISP Messages With-in Hours

 

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • Yasir Ali Raza

    Good *

  • ADT1

    1. All such CNIC numbers (individuals) which are being used for illegal activities should be black-listed (i.e. they can’t have even a single SIM against their name).

    2. Launching FIRs against them, along with grey traffickers/spammers.

  • RT

    it’s pretty simple and now obvious that they don’t think of consequences or they don’t like critical analysis of the idea before putting it into action. checkout the entire history of Pakistan, that’s how we do things.

  • Rehan Rauf

    BISP messages !! they are headache for us now a days, please track them

  • ImranG

    What the heck. Don’t they have any real thing to do. Grey traffic is legal in many countries and must be legal here. You see the cost of calling through green route from foreign country to Pakistan is way higher than it should be in the days of skype, facebook, imo etc. This is stupid of government that call rates are still too high and a big majority have to use the grey route. If they make it competitive to the grey route then at least they will earn some tax….And don’t think that raiding and blocking these illegal channels will increase overall tax collections. People in foreign countries will either use cheap sources (grey traffic or free skype, imo) or not use legal sources at all 99% of the time.

  • ImranG

    And for the record grey traffickers don’t do BISP messages or any other illegal activities. They don’t want to risk their high earning businesses with these cheap earning tricks. FIA is just accusing them to further justify raids against these grey routes.

  • I don’t think that PTA takes any action about reported spam or grey traffic numbers.

  • Mubashir Mahmood

    Dawn News didn’t reported this in fact Dawn.com reported it.
    There is a difference as Dawn News is not credible like Dawn.com

  • Askarian

    Good riddance. BISP , Telenor Inaam schemes and Tuition messages are getting out of control.

  • Lazy Sapper

    What a s***t hole! They are doing this only to protect the interest of mobile companies.