PTA advises public not to share personal information with un-authorized people

ISLAMABAD:The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has advised people to be careful while sharing their computerized National Identify Card (CNIC), financial information in response to an unknown call and SMS.

“Do not share your personal or financial information like ATM PIN code, CNIC etc. in response to an unknown call/SMS” the PTA said in a message.

The message said, report the suspected number to your service provider first. In case of no response from your service provider, report to PTA on 0800-55055 or https://complaint.pta.gov.pk/RegisterComplaint.aspx

If a financial/banking fraud has occurred, contact State Bank of Pakistan: cpd.helpdesk@sbp.org.pk. The PTA message further advised people to contact Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on 051 910638.

PTA also asked public to share their fingerprints and computerized National Identify Card (CNIC) with authorized franchises, sales shops, customer service centres and retailers.

The public must keep proper information of sales shops, franchises and customers service centers and retailers with whom they have shared the information.

Fraudsters collect fingerprints and CNIC copies by targeting innocent people, the PTA said in an advisory on its official twitter account.

The fraudsters offered small rewards, such as free SIMs, rations, prizes and cash. These stolen fingerprints can be used in criminal activities, the PTA warned.

The PTA asked to SMS CNIC number on 668 for verification, how many sims are on their names.