Public urged not to click unverified links amid text scam surge

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2021   •   173

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice-Office of Cybercrime (DOJ-OCC) on Wednesday called on the public to be vigilant with their transactions online.

The DOJ-OCC issued the advisory amid the surge of SMS/text scams offering dubious job opportunities.

The department advised the public to be cautious before taking up an opportunity to work offered by unknown SMS senders.

It also shared some tips to discern fraudulent job ads.

 “A fraudulent job posting will either ask the applicant to pay for application or training fees or promise high wages,” it said.

“It would also require the applicant to answer extensive personal information questionnaire that would then be used by the scammers to commit identity theft,” it added.

The DOJ-OCC also urged the public to also be wary of online messages containing links to other sites as this may be a way by scammers to steal their personal data.

“Do not click unverified links and do not give away personal information easily.

The Department of Justice – Office of Cybercrime would like to remind everyone to remain cyber safe for a happy holidays,” it said.

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) earlier said its initial probe showed that a global organized syndicate could be behind the proliferation of text scams.

The NPC said it has summoned data protection officers of local telcos, banks, and e-commerce platforms to discuss the scam text surge.

The National Telecommunications Commission has ordered telcos to send a warning to their subscribers against text scams that contain dubious job offers.

 

NPC launches probe on text scams

Maris Federez   •   December 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Privacy Commission (NPC) on Thursday formally launched an investigation on proliferating text scams.

The Commission will particularly look into the supposed negligence of telecommunication companies that paved way for text scams to spread across networks.

In a statement, the NPC said they will determine the liability of Telcos for transacting with data aggregators, allowing them to send text blasts to telco subscribers offering jobs and investments that are non-existent.

“The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has formally launched an investigation into whether Telcos exercised due diligence and accountability in transacting with data aggregators linked to the sending of texts offering spurious jobs and investment schemes to millions of Filipinos,” the statement read.

The NPC directed Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, and Dito Telecommunity to submit documents and information to ascertain the flow of the transaction. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Lazada warns public against fraudsters posing as its staff in text scams

Robie de Guzman   •   November 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Lazada Philippines on Wednesday urged the public to be vigilant against scams in the form of text messages from those impersonating as its officials or personnel offering fake promotions or job opportunities.

In a statement, Lazada reminded the public that the e-commerce platform “will never send messages via text/SMS, instant messaging or social media apps requesting your personal or Lazada account details.

It advised its users to communicate or transact with them only through Lazada app, website, and official channels.

“Lazada would like to call the public’s attention to recent scams in the form of text/SMS messages. These scams attempt to pass themselves off as official Lazada communication or impersonate Lazada personnel, enticing customers to participate in fake promotions or raffles or respond to job opportunities,” it said.

The firm assured the public that it is working with its telecommunication partners and local law enforcement agencies to discuss, review, and clamp down on these fraudulent activities.

The National Telecommunications Commission earlier ordered telcos to send a warning to their subscribers against text scams that contain dubious job offers.

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) also said its initial probe showed that a global organized syndicate could be behind the proliferation of text scams.

The NPC said it has summoned data protection officers of local telcos, banks, and e-commerce platforms to discuss the scam text surge.

NTC to telcos: Warn public against spam text messages

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has ordered telcos to send a message to its subscribers, warning them about text scams that contain dubious job offers.

In a memorandum dated November 19, the NTC directed Globe Telecoms, Smart Communications, Dito Telecommunity, and Digitel Mobile Philippines to send a text blast containing the following message:

“BABALA! Huwag maniwala sa text na diumano’y nag-aalak ng trabaho. Huwag po magbigay ng personal na impormasyon. Ito po ay isang scam.”

The NTC said telcos have until December 14 to submit their compliance report on the latest directive.

The order comes after thousands of mobile users complained of receiving text messages or e-mails offering job opportunities.

Authorities have tagged this as a scam and advised public to report this to the NTC.

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) earlier said its initial probe showed that a global organized syndicate could be behind the proliferation of text scams.

The NPC said it has summoned data protection officers of local telcos, banks, and e-commerce platforms to discuss the scam text surge.

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