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LTO: All text messages claiming traffic violations are scams

These messages are phishing scams designed to steal personal information.
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All text messages on traffic violations are scams. That’s the latest warning from Land Transportation Office (LTO), which recently issued a statement reminding the public to be wary of text messages claiming traffic violations. These messages are phishing scams designed to steal personal information.

“We would like to remind the public that the LTO does not send any traffic violations through text messages or any messaging app. If you receive one, that means it came from scammers,” said Assistant Secretary Vigor Mendoza II, LTO chief.

The modus in these scam messages includes links that redirect users to a fake LTO website, which prompts them to enter their license plate number and other sensitive information.

LTO said it is actively collaborating with law enforcement agencies such as the Philippine National Police and the Department of Information and Communications Technology to put a stop to the people behind these scams.

Mendoza also directed the agency to step up their information campaign against these scams, using social media and its free theoretical driving course to educate the public.

In the meantime, if you received scam text messages, here are some reminders on what to do to protect yourself:

  • Ignore unverified text messages, especially those with links.
  • Block or delete suspicious messages.
  • Be skeptical of offers that seem too good to be true.
  • Never share personal or financial information.

By staying vigilant, you can protect yourself from becoming a victim of phishing scams.

Source: PNA

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