NTC: “The proliferation of fake job text scams has continued and even intensified over the past month”
NTC — On Friday, the National Telecommunications Commission ordered its regional directors and the 3 major telecommunications companies to warn the public anew against fake job text scams which continued to intensify.
The National Telecommunications Commission said in a memorandum addressed to Globe Telecom, DITO Telecommunity, and Smart Communications that SMS blasts should be sent to their respective subscribers from June 11 to June 17 containing the following warning:
“Huwag pong maniwala sa text na nagaalok ng trabaho na may pangako na malaking sweldo. Ito po ay isang scam.”
Telecommunications firms were also encouraged to “accelerate” the process of blocking SIM cards used in illegal activities such as smishing.
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In a separate memorandum addressed to its regional offices, the National Telecommunications Commission ordered officials to warn the public anew against the continuing text scams through TV and radio within their jurisdictions from June 11 to June 17, 2022. The NTC also ordered additional public information campaigns.
“The proliferation of fake job text scams has continued and even intensified over the past month across telecommunications networks in the country, to the detriment of the public,” the NTC said.
In smishing (SMS phishing), fraudsters use text messages in order to offer fake jobs and urge victims to divulge personal information that is then used to steal money from their accounts.
Recently, mobile users took to social media to air their frustration with the increasing number of text scams that are flooding their inboxes.
ABS-CBN News reported that the NTC made the same request less than 2 weeks ago last May 28.
The country’s telecommunications companies have said that they have been blocking SIM cards and domains linked to fraudulent activities aside from sending public advisories.