Stronger stand vs text scammers pressed
MANILA, Philippines — An advocacy group said that tougher measures must be carried out against text scammers who are still on the prowl.
CitizenWatch co-convenor and former Quezon City 6th district representative Christopher Belmonte on Friday said text scammers still continue with their nefarious ways even with the implementation of the subscriber identity module (SIM) Card Registration law.
“Despite the implementation of the SIM (subscriber identity module) Card Registration Law and the expiration of the extended deadline to register all SIM card users, text scammers continue to target millions of mobile phone users, employing increasingly creative and deceptive tactics in their fraudulent schemes,” Belmonte said.
The group also reminded traders not to sell registered SIM cards due to privacy concerns.
Recently, the National Telecommunications Commission released a memorandum for the guidelines for SIM card registration, which will now mandate telecommunications to verify the information submitted by users.
“The government and the telco industry can join forces in launching a systemic counter-attack against this cyberscam ecosystem while the public is constantly warned and educated on how to act against text scams,” Belmonte said.