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Warning: Beware of Phone Scams Impersonating the Department of Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs in Jammu & Kashmir

 Warning: Beware of Phone Scams Impersonating the Department of Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs in Jammu & Kashmir

Says Unscrupulous Elements Target Ration Card Holders with False Promises, Causing Potential Financial Losses

Muzafar Ahmad Dar 

Srinagar Nov 05 (ANR) The Government of Jammu & Kashmir's Directorate of Food, Civil Supplies, and Consumer Affairs (FCS&CA) has issued a stern warning to the general public, especially ration card holders, regarding a recent surge in phone scams. Unscrupulous individuals are attempting to exploit the ongoing e-KYC (Electronic Know Your Customer) verification drive, initiated in compliance with the Department of Food and Public Distribution, Gol (Government of India), to deceive beneficiaries and extract vital information under the guise of attractive benefits.

The department has learned that some innocent and gullible beneficiaries may inadvertently become victims of these scams, potentially leading to financial or other losses. In response to this concerning trend, the FCS&CA department wishes to safeguard the interests of the public and ration card holders.


Immediate Action Required: 

The FCS&CA department strongly advises the general public and ration card holders to exercise caution and vigilance when receiving unverified telephonic calls. To prevent any such incidents, it is essential to follow these recommendations:

1.Do Not Share Personal Information: The department of FCS&CA J&K does not request or collect personal information from ration card holders through telephonic calls. Be cautious about sharing any personal data, such as Aadhar numbers or OTPs, with unknown callers.

2. Contact Authorized Fair Price Dealers : Ration card holders should exclusively approach their designated Fair Price Dealers for the ongoing e-KYC verification process. Legitimate verification does not require the sharing of sensitive information over the phone.


3. Report Suspicious Calls: If you receive a suspicious call from someone claiming to represent the FCS&CA department or offering enticing benefits in exchange for information, do not engage with the caller. Instead, immediately report the incident to the local police to help prevent further exploitation of beneficiaries.

This warning comes as a response to the increased incidents of fraudulent calls and aims to protect the welfare of the public. By following these guidelines and staying cautious, the public can help prevent the continuation of these scams and the potential financial losses that may result. The FCS&CA department remains committed to ensuring the security and well-being of ration card holders during the e-KYC verification process.(ANR)

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