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PTA introduces measures to block spam, unsolicited calls and messages

PTA block messages

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has introduced measures that would be helpful for the public to block spam, unsolicited calls and messages.

PTA issued an official notification in this regard to inform the public that “unwanted calls and messages can be disruptive but there are steps people can take to minimize them.”

Blocking telemarketing communication 

Those who do not wish to receive telemarketing-related messages can register their number on PTA’s Do Not Call Register (DNCR).

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All they have to do is type ‘reg’ and SMS to 3627.

The notification added that if the problem persists, users can contact their respective service providers. 

Those who wish to receive the telemarketing communication messages again can type ‘unreg’ and send a message to 3627.

Block spamming/unsolicited communication 

Those who wish to block spam or unsolicited communication can type the spammer’s cell number, give space, paste the received message and SMS it to 9000.

Block obnoxious/unknown calls and messages

Users who are fed up of obnoxious and unknown calls and messages can now block them by dialling *420# (for Jazz, Telenor, and Ufone subscribers), or 420 (for Zong subscribers).

Furthermore, PTA advised users to “never give out personal information such as account numbers, passwords or any other information in response to unknown / unexpected calls and SMS or if you are at all suspicious.”

Moreover, you can report fraud messages / calls to your service provider to block them but in case no response is received from the service provider, report to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority “PTA” by dialing 0800-55055 or visiting PTA website.

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