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.