The public has warned by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to avoid clicking on phishing or fake URLs that purport to connect to the PTA’s Device Identification Registration & Blocking System (DIRBS) and are spreading on social media platforms, Whatsapp, and text messaging.
PTA Issued Public Warning Against Fake DIRBS Message
According to a PTA statement, the mail circulating claims to be official correspondence and informs the user that their SIM card has been linked to “suspicious activities.”
The user is urged to verify the number of SIM cards by visiting the provided URL.
Another message, on the other hand, cautions that if the user doesn’t click on the offered link, their phone registration will be suspended.
According to the regulatory authority, the purpose of these dishonest strategies is to fool people into clicking on harmful links, which could compromise their personal data.
However, it asked people to report suspicious phone numbers or senders via the PTA’s complaint management system, and to avoid clicking on links from unknown senders or numbers.
Moreover, users should only use the official Device Verification App, which is accessible on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, or DIRBS to check the status of their device. Users can also SMS IMEIs to 8484 from their handset.
The regulatory authority advised the public to prioritize using its official platforms and shortcodes and to remain watchful in order to safeguard their personal data.
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