NPC: Global Syndicate Behind Scam Text Surge

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has invited the data protection officers of Globe, Smart, DITO, Lazada, Shopee, and various banks to report on their spam prevention efforts to combat the stated fraud after early investigations revealed that a global crime gang runs the scam SMS.

They have called these companies to outline their existing and future steps to fight smishing, according to Privacy Commissioner Raymund E. Liboro. According to Liboro, the latest spam texts are handled by a global crime syndicate, not by a gang that has gotten unlawful access to contact tracing forms, as one of the early fears.

“If our preliminary findings are correct, and personal data is being exploited by criminals abroad, this becomes a matter of national security,” Liboro said. “This should compel government, the private sector, and advocacy groups to work together and take more urgent and concrete action to safeguard.”

Liboro warned data subjects to be cautious and not click on any questionable links. He also advised people to carefully question the messages they hear and not to be fooled by lofty claims of simple, passive income and high-paying jobs.

Finally, Liboro stated that the NPC will continue to monitor the issue and urged victims to report the malicious senders as soon as possible, especially if they believe their personal information has been compromised.

“If you get a call from an unknown number with an offer that seems too good to be true, it’s most likely a scam,” Liboro warned.

Source: NPC

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