NTC orders telcos, regional directors and OICs to warn public on fake job text scams

The National Telecommunications Commission has intensified its drive against the proliferation of fake job text scams.

In line this, the Commission has ordered DITO, Globe and Smart to text blast their subscribers from May 28, 2022 to June 04, 2022 the following message: “BABALA, HUWAG PONG MANIWALA SA TEXT NA NAG-AALOK NG TRABAHO NA MAY PANGAKO NG MALAKING SWELDO, ITO PO AY SCAM.”

The telcos were ordered to submit their compliance report with the order to the Office of the Commissioner on or before June 8, 2022.

All NTC Regional Directors and Officers-in-Charge were also directed by the Commission to appear before local radio and television stations to warn the public against text scams from May 28, 2022 to June 11, 2022. 

The regional NTC officers were likewise required to report their compliance with the order to the Office of the Commissioner on or before June 15, 2022. 

The NTC reminded the public to be vigilant over the increase of spam text messages, never provide personal information to strangers and not entertain survey questions from unknown senders nor click any link from dubious websites.

In November last year, the NTC issued the same call to the telcos to text blast subscribers not to fall for scams that offer them jobs.

The NTC has been alarmed of the modus by unscrupulous individuals as it involves privacy issues or breach of customer’s personal data.

At that time, the public received a series of text messages offering dubious job offers. This raised concerns that the phone numbers may have been sourced from contact-tracing forms that the public was required to fill up before are allowed entry into business establishments during the pandemic.

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