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Globe warns of new text scam

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Globe Telecom Inc. warned consumers on Thursday about a new text scam that takes advantage of the new SIM Registration Law.

Globe Chief Information Security Officer Anton Bonifacio said unscrupulous groups and individuals are scamming subscribers by sending them text messages that claim that their SIM cards have been deactivated.

The scam aims to gather personal information and even money, according to Bonifacio.

“We have received reports that there are groups and individuals taking advantage of the new law by sending misleading text messages to unsuspecting mobile phone users. We would like to remind our customers to ignore these messages and report them to our Stop Spam website,” he said.

Signed into law in October, Republic Act 11934 or the SIM Registration Act aims to provide accountability for those using SIM cards and aid law enforcement in tracking perpetrators of crimes committed through mobile phones.

The move is expected to boost government initiatives against fraud perpetrated through text and online messages, which have become more prevalent in recent years.

Under the law, users can only activate their new SIMs by registering with their provider. Existing subscribers, meanwhile, must register within 180 days from the start of the law’s implementation or risk having their SIM deactivated.

It has yet to take full effect, pending its rules and regulations.

Latest data show that Globe blocked more than 32.2 million scam and spam text messages in just two weeks after implementing measures to block uniform resource locators in person-to-person text messages.

From September 28 to October 13 this year, it blocked about 2.4 million SMS with clickable links daily. From January to September 2022, meanwhile, it blocked 1.3 billion spam and scam messages, already exceeding the 2021 full year total of 1.1 billion.

Globe has spent P1.1 billion on a system that detects and blocks spam and scam SMS to date.