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PTA Warns Against Phishing Scams Impersonating DIRBS, Urges Cyber Vigilance

PTA warns the public against phishing scams, urging vigilance and use of official platforms to safeguard personal information amidst rising deceptive messages.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has recently issued a public warning regarding the rise of phishing scams through various channels, including WhatsApp, social media platforms, and text messages. The regulatory body has urged people to exercise caution and advised them to use only official platforms for their telecommunication services.

The deceptive messages, falsely claiming association with the PTA’s Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS), have been causing concern. These fraudulent communications inform users that their SIM cards are implicated in “suspicious activities” and prompt them to check the number of SIMs through provided links. Another variant threatens phone registration suspension unless users click on the given links.

Public Urged to Stay Vigilant

The PTA emphasized that these deceptive tactics are designed to trick individuals into clicking on malicious links, putting their personal information at risk. To counteract this, the public is strongly advised against clicking on links from unknown numbers or senders. The regulatory body has set up a complaint management system, including a toll-free number and a web link, for reporting such phone numbers or links to be blocked.

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Additionally, the PTA has encouraged users to verify the status of their devices through official channels only. This includes visiting the official DIRBS website (https://dirbs.pta.gov.pk), sending SMS with IMEIs to 8484 from their devices, or using the official Device Verification App, available on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Official Platforms Prioritized for Safety

In light of the growing threat of phishing scams, the PTA not only issued a warning but also stressed the importance of prioritizing the use of official platforms and shortcodes. By doing so, individuals can ensure the safety and security of their personal information, reducing the risk of falling victim to fraudulent activities. Staying vigilant and reporting suspicious activities through the provided channels are essential steps to mitigate the impact of these scams on the public.