On Friday, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) issued a warning about phishing and bogus links spreading on WhatsApp, social media, and instant messages. These false notifications falsely guarantee a connection to the PTA’s Device Identification Registration and Blocking System (DIRBS).
According to the PTA, the circulating mail appears to be an official correspondence, claiming that the user’s SIM card was involved in “suspicious activities.” It urges consumers to check the quantity of SIM cards using the linked link. Another message, on the other hand, threatens to suspend the user’s phone registration until they visit a specific URL.
The telecom industry regulator has stated that these false communications lead people to click on dangerous links, compromising their personal information. The PTA urged the public not to click on links sent by unknown numbers or senders.
The PTA advised the public to report such phone numbers and links for blocking via the PTA’s toll-free complaint management system. They also advised the public to be cautious and emphasize using official channels to protect their personal information.
The telecom controller stressed that consumers can halt such protests on the PTA’s website. Users are asked to visit the official website or send an SMS to 8484 from their cell phones to check the status of their device.