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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012


NTC-2 warns public on ‘text’ scams anew

by Oliver Baccay and Rezely Lagleva

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) -– The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) region 2 has again warned the public, especially cell phone users on the different styles of text scams, following the increasing number of reported victims last year.

Engineer Benilda Mangussad of NTC said they have recorded 237 victims last year who went to their office to report the scam they received.

She said the number is alarming as they observed an increasing trend of text scam victims yearly, aside from the unreported cases to NTC which they believe has a bigger number than that of reported cases.

“The newest modus is that a texter portrays to be a relative of the victim abroad and asks big amount of cellphone load,” Mangussad stated.

She advised the public not to entertain immediately this kind of message until and unless it is verified that the one who sent the message is really a relative abroad.

Aside from this type of modus, Mangussad also stated that the old style of scam stating that the victim is a winner of millions of pesos and to be able to receive the prize, they need first to send cash amounts via automated teller machines, still persists.

She also encouraged the victims to report the incident to authorities to see if it could still be possible to retrieve the amounts sent to the texters, though, she admitted that NTC cannot verify the perpetrators of these kinds of modus because numbers can easily be changed.

In order to stop these kinds of modus, NTC advised the public to disregard messages of unfamiliar numbers that are asking some amounts for unknown or impossible reasons. (TCB/OTB/RL/PIA-2 )

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