The Fintech Center of the Information Technology University (ITU) is conducting a Data Science Research project regarding, “Fraud SMS Detection in Pakistan”.
The research aims to detect fraudulent SMS texts by developing an algorithm to protect consumers from frauds so the low literate population does not fall prey to these scams.
ITU’s Fintech Center is in data collection phase, and need to collect actual fraudulent SMSs that people receive.
Presently, people receive fraud messages such as ARY Jeeto Pakistan, Benazir Income Support Program, Waseela-e-Haq Program, Banking related fraud SMS asking for PIN Codes, Fake ISPR and Rangers SMS or any other kind of fraud.
The Citizens across Pakistan have been advised to forward such SMS on WhatsApp:
- The number for WhatsApp is +92-314-4362352
- Or add “forwarded from: ..”, so their number is not identified as the sender.
- Share the screenshot of the message in addition to the forwarded text indicating the real sender and the content of the message.
People are deceived and deprived of their hard earned money through fake text messages and phone calls from unknown numbers enticing them with attractive prizes, lotteries, and plot or winning any draw. Pakistan is a country where the literacy rate is much lower, so people don’t understand the nature of such scams and often fall prey.
PTA also ensures that you get protected from spam, obnoxious and fraud SMS. They guide you to immediately report such things to your mobile operator. In case your mobile company doesn’t resolve your complaint in the given timeline, you must contact PTA’s consumer protection department.