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Got a missed call from +92? Don’t call back
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MUMBAI: Vodafone has cautioned its customers against unidentified calls originating from Pakistan. “At Vodafone we care for your security. If you receive a missed call from an unidentified number starting with +92, do not call back or divulge any personal details,’’ reads an SMS sent out to Vodafone customers. (+92 is Pakistan’s international direct dialing code).

A Vodafone spokesperson told TOI that these messages were sent out as a matter of precaution. “There have been instances where people have received SMSes and calls informing them that they have won a lottery. They are then asked to reveal personal details,’’ said the spokesperson.

Incidentally, Vodafone’s advisory comes less than a month after Airtel sent out similar messages to its customers. TOI had earlier reported that fraudsters appeared to have gained access to Airtel’s subscriber account. Several Airtel customers had received information that they had won a lottery from conmen posing as Airtel customer care executives.

While the Vodafone spokesperson was unaware of whether or not Vodafone customers had been targeted, he said the SMSes were being sent out as a matter of precaution. “We don’t have to wait for our customers to become victims of fraud before we issue an advisory against it,’’ he said.

“We have re-iterated the warning on our website. We are aware that Airtel has been advising its customers of the same,’’ added the Vodafone spokesperson.

TOI had earlier quoted an Airtel official saying, “Bharti Airtel has learnt that customers are arbitrarily being targeted by persons who pretend to be calling on our behalf and inform the recipient that he/she has won a lottery/award conducted by the respective telecom operator. The fraudster then attempts to con customers into divulging sensitive personal information and to pay a “commission” to receive the winnings. Such commission is usually asked to be paid via DTH recharge vouchers. Airtel would like to warn its customers that these are calls from fraudsters with malicious intent and they do not represent the company.’’

Source: The Times Of India

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