Beware: Text scammers are increasing their efforts as SIM registration deadline nears

Beware: Text scammers are increasing their efforts as July 25 SIM registration deadline nears.

With less than a month left before the SIM registration deadline on July 25, text scammers are increasing their efforts to defraud unsuspecting mobile phone users in the Philippines.

According to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), scammers have devised new methods to trick users into clicking on fake links, re-registering their SIM cards, or revealing their personal and financial information.

Some of the common scams include:

  • Pretending to be e-wallet providers and asking users to re-register their SIM cards to activate their e-wallets.
  • Sending messages that claim users have won prizes or money and asking them to call a certain number or visit a certain website to claim them.
  • Sending messages that warn users that their SIM cards will be deactivated if they do not register them by the deadline and providing a fake link to do so.
  • Sending messages that ask users to update their bank account details or verify their identity by sending a code or a photo of their ID card.

The DICT warns the public not to fall for these scams and to register their SIM cards before the deadline to “cut the avenue of defrauding.”

The agency also advised users to:

  • Ignore and delete any suspicious or unsolicited messages from unknown numbers.
  • Never click on any links or attachments in such messages.
  • Never share any personal or financial information with anyone over the phone or online.
  • Report any scam attempts to the authorities or the telecoms providers.

The SIM Registration Law, which took effect in December 2022, requires all mobile phone users to provide their full names and submit their IDs before buying or using a SIM card.

The law aims to prevent criminals from concealing their identities and using SIM cards for text scams, bank fraud, misinformation, and other illegal activities.

As of June 28, 2023, the DICT has recorded more than 100.96 million SIM cards registered, out of an estimated 168 million in circulation.

The DICT said it is working with the telecoms providers, PLDT, Globe Telecom, and DITO Telecommunity, to facilitate the registration process and ensure compliance with the law.

Users can register their SIM cards through official channels:

SIM owners can also register through the new eGov PH Super App.

Those who fail to register their SIM cards by July 25 will face deactivation of their SIM cards and possible penalties under the law.

For information about the SIM Registration Act, read our article here. For details on how to register your SIM cards (including for PLDT Home and Smart Bro WiFi users), you can read our post here.

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Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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