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PTA asks to Avoid Responding to bogus Calls, Messages

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has recommended the populace refrain from responding to fraud calls and messages as a result of the rise in scams posing as gameshows.

In a press release, PTA claimed that a few individuals were misleading the general public by sending them false texts under the guise of gameshows. People should refrain from replying to these con artists and giving out their bank account information to anyone. The public has been advised to inform PTA of similar events.

In an effort to stop defamation efforts, the chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) revealed last month that 400 phony accounts were reported there every day. Before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting, which was presided over by PTI leader Noor Alam Khan, he revealed these facts.

The PTA chairman was questioned about their efforts to combat bogus accounts on social media by the PAC chairman at the meeting. He stated that one guy is running 2000 bogus accounts and smearing the institutions from them. PTA’s chairman claimed that the organization reports bogus accounts, with an average of 400 accounts detected every day at the moment.

The PTA chairman responded to a question from Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed about the number of internet users in the nation by stating that there are 115 million users overall, 113 of whom use the internet via mobile devices. It is important to note that Twitter Inc. recently estimated in a filing that less than 5% of its monetizable daily active users during the first quarter were made up of fraudulent or spam accounts. In the first quarter, the social media business served advertisements to 229 million users.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) worked diligently throughout the previous year to curtail spam calls and messages that disseminated false information about financial award schemes. As a consequence of a petition submitted by a citizen, the Lahore High Court ordered PTA to halt unsolicited commercial calls and text messages. PTA has begun encouraging the public via SMS warnings to report ‘spamming/unsolicited communication’ by sending a descriptive message on 9000 as part of its effort to stop spam calls.

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It is crucial to understand that spammers who refuse to cease may suffer legal repercussions as a result. PTA has emphasized that for prompt action to be taken, the public must cooperate and report any such deceptive items. Users of smartphones can also ban these scammers by submitting their phone numbers to blacklists.

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