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How to Safe From Cell phone Scams in Pakistan

Scams on Cell phone are on the rise in these days, sometime with juicy lotteries or otherwise with threat calls. Though, it is extremely difficult to have an unregistered SIM these days, so using an illegal SIM without owners’ information is not very easy, but still – fraudulent people find a way to trap innocent people.

You can be tricked by deceivers who use deceptive and fraudulent practices in order to obtain mobile credit from your prepaid/postpaid account – or even worse financial loss. For the purpose, cellular companies have already lowered their upper limit of sharing mobile credit.

You can remain safe by simply confirming any legal prize scheme launched by your operator or registering a complaint instead of replying those numbers.

You can be deceived through any of following practices:

  • Phone call or SMS asking you to call a particular number to win prize:
  • Never respond to any such call or SMS, as it will transfer your prepaid phone amount to another number

  • Phone call or SMS asking you to call or SMS on a particular number to win free minutes:
  • never respond to any such call or SMS as it is not going to get you free minutes, instead your credit will be transferred into another account.

  • Phone call or SMS asking you to transfer your prepaid balance to develop friendship:
  • Beware of any such calls as criminals change their voice or use voice changer to pretend as females to take financial advantages

  • Phonecalls or SMS asking for an amount for SIM registration:
  • Your operator will never ask you for money for SIM registration, therefore never transfer any amount to any number for SIM registration

  • Unknown Messages with Unknown String:
  • Do not reply or press any key to any string of numbers (e.g.8100#92805812233023##) received through SMS. Simply exit or discard it at first instance

  • Prize Money, Car or Plot Winners:
  • If you get a call and person says that you have won a car, 10 million rupees or whatever, never transfer any money to any bank account or through balance share. Be aware of the fact that cellular companies are giving away car prizes, so you better check from your operator for the genuineness of prize before you celebrate it. But in any case, don’t transfer money to anyone. Your operator will never ask you for money in return of a prize

  • You can register your complaint at following numbers:
  • Ufone: Dial 333 from Ufone numbers or 111-333-100 from landline
    Zong: Dial 310 from Zong numbers or 111-222-111 from landline
    Warid: Dial 321 from Warid numbers or 111-111-321 from landline
    Mobilink: Dial 111 from Mobilink numbers or 111-300-300 from landline
    Telenor: Dial 345 from Telenor numbers or 111-345-111 from landline
    PTCL: Dial 1236 and 1218
    World Call: 0800-19111 or 111-111-965
    Telecard: Dial 1223344 from Go numbers
    Wateen: Dial 042-111-365-111
    wi-tribe: UAN: 111-187-423
    In case your complaint is not addressed by your concerned operator, contact PTA’s consumer protection department

    PTA Complaint Resolution Contact details:

    Helpline: 0800-55055
    Fax: 051-2878127
    Email: complaints@pta.gov.pk

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    Here is Another Mobile Scam Fraud Calls

     I received a call from anyone claiming that he was from my mobile service provider and wanted me to shutdown my phone for 2 hours for 3G update to take place. As I was rushing for a meeting, I did not question and shutdown my cell phone.

    After about 45 minutes I felt suspicious as the caller had not given me his name or designation etc. I turned on my cell phone and found several calls from my family members. There were also a few calls from the same number that had called me earlier.

    I called my parents and was shocked to see that they sounded highly scared and perturbed. They asked me repeatedly if I was safe. It took me time to convince them that I was Okay.

    They had received a call from someone claiming that they held me with them and asked for ransom money to let me free. The call looked very realistic and my parents even heard \’my voice\’ crying out loud asking for help. My father was at the bank waiting for their next call to transfer the money when I told him that I was safe, not pay money to anyone and asked him to lodge a police report. A narrow escape!

    Right after that I received another call from the guy asking me to shutdown my cell phone for another 1 hour which I refused to do and hung up. They kept calling my cell phone until probably their battery ran out.

    I myself lodged the police report and was informed by the officer that quite a many such reports had been filed with the department.  In MOST reported cases the victims had already transferred the money, which was impossible to get back.

    Please be careful as this could happen to anyone. The thugs are real professionals and very convincing during the calls.

    If you are asked to shut down your cell phone for updates by the service provider, ASK AROUND.

    Be Safe and Stay Alert!

    Please pass around to your family and friends.

    Note: This article is comprised of information received in an email and is produced here for awareness only!

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