Are government agencies doing enough against smishing? Solon wants to know – Manila Bulletin


A party-list lawmaker wants the House of Representatives to examine the effectiveness of alleged government tactics against soaring spam and smishing messages.

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AGRI List Rep. Wilbert Lee tabled House Resolution (HR) No. 334 to that end, even as he stressed the need to protect the privacy rights of mobile phone users. and security, and to prevent these scammers from causing further harm.

“It is the government’s duty to ensure that consumers’ right to privacy is protected and that they are not victims of fraudulent activities facilitated by spam and phishing messages,” said the lawmaker based to Sorsogon in a press release on Tuesday, September 6. .

If the House follows through on this action, the legislature will initiate an investigation into the intervention implemented by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the National Commission for privacy protection (NPC) and other government agencies against the issue

On November 23, 2021, the NPC alarmingly reported that based on its initial investigation, the recent attacks and smishing activities in the country are being led by a global crime syndicate.

Smishing is defined as the fraudulent practice of sending text messages claiming to be from reputable companies in order to trick individuals into revealing personal information, such as passwords or credit card numbers.

Cybersecurity experts have revealed that subscribers’ personal information collected by the crooks through data breaches is being sold on the dark web. Over the past few weeks, citizens have reported that these text spams even contain their names.

The solon said the invisible perpetrators take advantage of the vulnerability of many Filipinos by promising jobs and money.

“The government must come up with an effective response to stop the proliferation of these unsolicited text messages,” Lee said.

“Kailangan ding ma-educate nang maayos ang ating mga kababayan kung paano marereport ang ganitong panloloko, kung saan sila tatawag at ano pa ang dapat nilang gawin para maiwasan ito (our compatriots must also be properly educated on how to report this type of fraud , as well as who to call and how to avoid this altogether),” he added.
“In these times when the internet or social media has enabled some evil neighborhoods to victimize others, we call on our compatriots to be more alert and cautious,” Lee concluded.




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