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Telcos summoned, asked to do more vs. text scams


Raymund Liboro, chief of the National Privacy Commission (Photo from privacy.gov.ph)

MANILA, Philippines — The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has summoned the data privacy officers of telecom companies to a meeting today to find ways to end a growing text scam victimizing Filipino consumers.

Complaints mounted in the past few days about the thousands of text messages from random numbers offering nonexistent jobs to unsuspecting victims. Referred to as smishing, it is classified as a cybersecurity attack carried out over mobile text messaging wherein victims are deceived into giving personal data that the perpetrators use to commit fraud, which usually is to steal money.

In today’s meeting called by the NPC, which will also include data privacy officers of e-commerce sites such as Lazada and Shopee as well as banks, “we want to understand from the telcos how come these texts are being sent through their infrastructure and what are the steps…

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