The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has recently introduced measures for the public to block spam and unsolicited calls and messages.
According to an official notification issued in this regard, the PTA said 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).
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.
Also, 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).
📞To block telemarketing communication, register your number on the Do not Call Register (DNCR)
SMS 'Reg' to 3627
📨 To block spamming, type spammer's number, give a space, paste the received message & SMS to 9000.
❓To block obnoxious/unknown calls and SMSs, dial *420# or 420. pic.twitter.com/cXLiTTweUZ
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) January 24, 2021
Moreover, the PTA has also advises the public not to give out their personal information, such as account numbers, passwords, or any other information in response to unknown or unexpected calls and SMS.
Earlier, PTA had decided to ban ads for illegal housing schemes on social media on the directives of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA).
The LDA stated that several unapproved and illegal housing projects are being marketed through SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook, and YouTube advertisements.
According to the LDA, advertisers portray an attractive picture of their projects despite their legal statuses which results in the illegal sale and purchase of files or plots.