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Monday, August 1, 2016

KYC discrepancies: mobile operators, distributors to be booked for forgery

PANAJI: Goa police has warned retailers, distributors and officials of mobile network operators of initiating strict action if discrepancies are found in the KYC (know your customer) documents.
Goa police has already registered five such cases and arrested retailers, a mobile company executive and foreign nationals. The foreign nationals were found to be using the mobile SIM card (pre-paid) issued on either forged or documents of some other persons.

“Finally we have reached to an extent that we cannot ignore. Our message is clear. Henceforth if any such discrepancies are found in KYC or there is more than innocent negligence, we would book cases for cheating and forgery,” said Crime Branch SP Karthik Kashyap addressing a meeting attended by several retailers, distributors and officials of mobile service operators in the city on Monday.
According to police, the meeting was held as part of their efforts to prevent misuse of KYC documents which is leading to cyber crimes and also posing national security threat.
“Goa is vulnerable in terms of security point of view. Communication is the most important logistical support for any activity (attack) to be carried out. In the entire process, directly and indirectly you become an accomplice in the crime,” said Kashyap.
“Apart from criminal action, there also could be financial penalty imposed by the central government agencies,” said Kashyap adding, “You all must come out with some mechanism to stop misuse of KYC documents.”
While the officials of mobile network operators claimed that due care is being taken while validating the details provided by the mobile SIM-card user, the retailers demanded that there should be physical verification of addresses as it is done in post paid connections.
“The issue is mainly with pre-paid SIM cards wherein only telephonic verification is done while there is no physical verification of the address as is done in post paid connections. If there is physical verification then the issue of misuse of KYC, will not arise,” said a retailer at the meeting. According to officials, it is not economically viable to conduct physical verification in case of prepaid SIM cards.

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