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Thursday, November 12, 2015

NTC taps Catanduanes media for drive vs text scam


 VIRAC, Catanduanes, Nov. 11 (PIA)—With more and more cellphone users being pestered by text message scams, the state regulator of telecommunications companies turned to the local media to inform the public of the steps the agency was taking to stop the fraud.

The National Telecommunications Commission called a press conference two Thursdays ago, Oct. 29, to announce the measures being undertaken by the commission to curb the proliferation of text scams.

Ariel Padilla, regional director of NTC for Bicol, discussed the memorandum issued by NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba last Sept. 7, directing Globe Telecommunications, Smart Communications and Digital Mobile Philippines (Sun Cellular) to undertake an intensive public information campaign, warning their customers about text scams.

In the memo, the NTC asked the telecommunication providers to protect their patrons by putting out 30-second and 15-second television advertisements that would teach them to avoid falling prey to text message swindlers.

Padilla said that scam messages are disguised as raffle winnings, promotional advertisements, or notices of accidental load transfers or account charges.

He said that as early as last year, the NTC issued a memorandum, asking the telecommunication firms to spread text blast to their patrons to warn them about text scams.

Text blast is a broadcast facility that enables the telecommunication providers to send a high volume of text messages to millions of mobile users, in one sending.

The text blast was supposed to run from Sept. 8 to 22 last year.

Padilla said text scams in Bicol may be reported to (052) 482-0400 and (052) 482-0401  or ntcv_legazpi@yahoo.com.

The presscon was also attended by representatives of telecommunications companies and local government units and a number of concerned citizens. (EAD/EAB/PIA5-Catanduanes)

- See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/841447137444/ntc-taps-catanduanes-media-for-drive-vs-text-scam#sthash.0rXec3a8.dpuf

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