New modus: Scammers using No Contact Apprehension fines to scare motorists

Ever gotten a text message claiming you have an unpaid traffic fine? You're not alone.

Ever gotten a text message claiming you have an unpaid traffic fine? You’re not alone. Scammers are using the No Contact Apprehension Policy (NCAP) to trick unsuspecting motorists.

These scammers are sending text messages to motorists saying they have an overdue NCAP violation. They pressure you to click on a link, which takes you to a fake website that looks like the official Land Transportation Office (LTO) portal. Once there, they’ll try to steal your personal information or financial details.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has already issued a warning on its official Facebook page, exposing this scam. Additionally, we are seeing more traffic than usual for our guide on “How to check if you have a No Contact Apprehension violation online.” This might be due to people trying to verify if they have legitimate violations.

Moreover, the NCAP program is still suspended, meaning it’s not in effect and there are no outstanding fines to be collected under this policy.

If you received a suspicious text about NCAP violation, MMDA recommends you call the MMDA Hotline 136 or contact them through MMDA official accounts.

In the meantime, here are some reminders on what to do to protect yourself:

  • Be cautious of links. Don’t click on anything in suspicious text messages. If you’re unsure about a violation, log in the official LTO portal to check.
  • Double-check the sender. Scammers often use spoofed phone numbers to appear legitimate. If you don’t recognize the number, it’s best to ignore the message.
  • Stay vigilant. Be wary of suspicious-looking text messages. Delete them immediately.

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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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