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BISP Warns Against Fraud Messages on Programs

The Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) has issued a cautionary advisory to the public regarding deceptive messages disseminated through various channels, including social media and mobile phone numbers, purporting to be associated with its initiatives.

In an official statement clarifying the matter, BISP emphasized, “All legitimate messages from BISP are exclusively dispatched from the number 8171; any messages received from alternative numbers are unequivocally fraudulent.” The program urged citizens to refer to its official social media accounts and website for accurate and reliable information about its ongoing initiatives.

Addressing the proliferation of misleading messages, BISP highlighted, “Counterfeit messages often assert the approval of stipends for beneficiaries, request personal contact information under the guise of facilitating fund transfers, or falsely promise inclusion in the BISP program and subsequent disbursement of stipends.”

In contrast, authentic communications from BISP do not make assurances of financial assistance without the requisite verification and documentation processes.

To register as beneficiaries, prospective individuals are mandated to personally visit the BISP council office with their Computerized National Identity Cards (CNICs) and B-Forms for a comprehensive and cost-free dynamic survey, according to BISP’s additional clarification. The statement also underscored that citizens can visit BISP offices located in every district for the same purpose.—INP

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