We Finally Know Who's Behind Those Spam Texts

Globe deactivated over 5,000 numbers related to the spam texts. 

In the past weeks, Filipinos have been complaining of a barrage of text messages they were receiving from multiple numbers. When we investigated the spam texts, we discovered that it was an elaborate phishing scheme to steal your bank details. 

On November 22, Globe Telecom announced it deactivated over 5,000 mobile numbers linked to the spam surges, and promised it would beef up its efforts to prevent spammers and scammers from victimizing people. 

Earlier, the government denied personal data and mobile numbers of Filipinos were stolen from contact tracing forms used throughout the pandemic. 

‘Personal Data Is Being Exploited by Criminals Abroad.’

According to the National Privacy Commission (NPC) on November 23, the phishing attacks can be traced to an international syndicate.

“If our initial findings prove true, that personal data is being exploited by criminals abroad, then this also becomes a matter of national security, which should compel government, the private sector and advocate groups to work hand in hand and take more urgent and concrete action to safeguard,” said commissioner Raymund Liboro in a Rappler report

"We hope to find areas where the NPC and these industry players can establish a  more proactive approach in fighting smishing and other scams, moving forward," Liboro added.


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