Globe Telecom Inc. warned consumers on Thursday about a new SMS scam taking advantage of the new SIM registration law.
Anton Bonifacio, Globe’s chief information security officer, said unscrupulous groups and individuals are scamming subscribers by sending them text messages claiming that their SIM cards have been deactivated.
According to Bonifacio, the scam aims to collect personal information and even money.
“We have received reports that there are groups and individuals taking advantage of the new law by sending deceptive text messages to unsuspecting cellphone users. We would like to remind our customers to ignore these messages and report them on our Stop Spam website,” he said.
Republic Act 11934, or the SIM Registration Act, was enacted in October and aims to hold SIM card users accountable and assist law enforcement in prosecuting perpetrators of crimes committed through cell phones.
The move is expected to spur government initiatives against text and online messaging fraud, which have become increasingly common in recent years.
By law, users can only activate their new SIMs by registering with their provider. Existing subscribers, meanwhile, must register within 180 days of the start of the law’s implementation or risk having their SIM card deactivated.
It has yet to come into full force as its rules and regulations are pending.
Latest data shows 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, around 2.4 million text messages containing clickable links were blocked every day. Meanwhile, from January to September 2022, it blocked 1.3 billion spam and scam messages, already surpassing 2021’s full-year total of 1.1 billion.
Globe has so far spent 1.1 billion pesos on a system that detects and blocks spam and fraudulent SMS.