Pooja Chaudhuri Chaudhuri
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The government has recently announced that tampering of IMEI number is a punishable offence that will attract a jail term of up to 3 years. The move is expected curb issues pertaining to fake IMEI numbers and also simplify tracking of lost mobile phones.
The International Mobile Equipment Identity number is a 15-digit number that uniquely identifies a mobile phone. In case a person loses their mobile phone, they can get it tracked or blocked using this number.
Whenever a user makes a call, the call record shows phone number of the caller and IMEI number of the handset from which the call has been made. The mobile number in a handset may be changed by changing SIM but IMEI number can be changed by a technical person using special equipment.
Method 1: Open the back cover of your mobile phone and check the plate under the battery. The 15-digit unique code printed there is the IMEI number of your phone.
Method 2: Dial *#06# and the IMEI number of your cell phone will be displayed on the screen.
In a notification dated August 25 by the Department of Telecom, it said, “It shall be unlawful, if a person, except the manufacturer – intentionally removes, obliterates, changes, or alters unique Mobile Device Equipment Identification Number.”
It further added that using a mobile device whose IMEI number has been changed unlawfully or software that can change or tamper the unique number, will also be punishable.
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