To Avoid Blocking of Mobile Number due to SPAM/ Bulk SMSs
- Every operator has anti-spam filters in order to control spam activity in their respective networks. SMS outgoing services will be blocked automatically in case of one of the following criteria:
If a subscriber exceed a frequency of sending more than 150 SMSs/15 minutes, 250 SMSs/1 hour and 1000 SMSs in 24 hrs.
- As per procedure, maximum two times restoration is allowed (if not involved in marketing/ unsolicited communication) and on third time subscription will be suspended and restoration will be subject to submission of undertaking as per format provided by PTA.
To Report Unsolicited/ SPAM Through Short Code 9000
- A dedicated common short code 9000 is available to consumers for reporting spamming/marketing communication/ text messages for blocking of the same at respective operator’s end (after verification).
- Procedure to report: Send an SMS at short code 9000 and in body of the text/ message first write spammer number then after a space paste or write the content of the message you received from spammer.
To Block Promotional/ Marketing/ Unsolicited Communication
- Consumers have facility to register their number in Do Not Call Register (DNCR) by sending a message at short code 3627 with the text “reg”. Once the subscriber is registered at DNCR then no promotional messages will be delivered to such subscriber.
- If a subscriber wants to receive messages he/she can do it by sending a message “unreg” to short code 3627.
To Block Obnoxious & Fraudulent Communications - Short Code 420
- Subscribers who do not wish to receive any communication including obnoxious calls/SMSs from any particular number, may avail 420 short code (by dialing *420#/ 420) facility offered by all mobile operators for blocking such communication. The operator then restricts that number from calling/SMS to the complainant again.
- You can also block numbers on your own mobile set. Most mobile phones have an option to block any caller.