The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has introduced a list of ways for the public to block unwanted calls and SMS.
According to a press release issued in this regard, the regulator said that “unwanted calls and messages can be disruptive but there are steps you can take to minimize them.”
Block Telemarketing Communication
Those who wish to block unwanted calls and SMS from telemarketing campaigns can register their number on the Do Not Call Register (DNCR) by sending an SMS with ‘reg’ to 3627.
However, if the problem still persists, you need to contact your service provider for a more detailed solution regarding the matter.
If at any point you wish to allow telemarketing communication again, all you have to do is type ‘unreg’ and SMS to 3627.
Block Spamming / Unsolicited Communication
You can also block spam or unsolicited calls and SMS by sending an SMS to 9000. However, it is pertinent to mention that SMS charges of 10 paisa (inclusive of taxes) apply for each SMS to prevent abuse of the facility.
To block spam calls or message send an SMS to 9000 in the following format:
[spammer cellphone number][space][spam message received]
Block Obnoxious / Unknown Calls and SMS
If you want to block certain obnoxious calls or SMS from unknown number, you can do that by dialing *420# (for Jazz, Telenor, and Ufone subscribers) while Zong users have to dial 420 from their numbers.
📞To block telemarketing communication, register your number on the Do not Call Register (DNCR)— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) January 24, 2021
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
Furthermore, PTA advised users to “never give out personal information such as account numbers, passwords or any other information in response to unknown / unexpected calls and SMS or if you are at all suspicious.”
Moreover, you can report fraud SMS / calls to your service provider for blocking but in case no response is received from the service provider, report to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority “PTA” by dialing 0800-55055 or visiting PTA website.
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