Getting more spam texts? NPC says contact tracing forms possibly to blame
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Getting more spam texts? NPC says contact tracing forms possibly to blame

Are you getting more and more spam messages from unknown numbers offering loans or worse, messages encouraging you to give up sensitive personal information?

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) said it has received reports of smishing, where mobile users receive unsolicited SMS messages.

The suspected culprit: personal information culled from various COVID-19 contact tracing and health declaration forms.

“The contents of these unsolicited messages reportedly include links that redirect to legitimate looking but fraudulent sites when clicked. These sites may steal users’ personal data, introduce mobile malware, and even commit fraud,” the privacy body warned.

“One of the best ways users can arm themselves against smishing attacks is to be aware of this kind of manipulation. Scrutinize the text messages you receive, especially if they come from an unknown number and request information,” NPC chairman Raymund Liboro said.

The NPC chief advised the public against clicking links to supposed bank or e-commerce websites, especially if they’re not expecting any deliveries.

He also suggests reporting such messages as spam and blocking these numbers.

 

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