Globe continues crackdown on annoying spam messages: 71M unwanted texts and 5,670 numbers blocked
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Globe continues crackdown on annoying spam messages: 71M unwanted texts and 5,670 numbers blocked

Have you been receiving a lot of spam texts lately?

Globe Telecom Inc. on Monday said it has deactivated 5,670 confirmed spam numbers and quashed almost 71 million spam messages so far this year as it continues to combat unwanted text messages.

“We take unsolicited and fraudulent messages seriously, and protecting Globe customers from these scams remains a top business priority,” said Anton Bonifacio, Globe chief information security officer.

Bonifacio said Globe’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Group terminates and blocks numbers of detected spammers through its systems, including those reported through www.globe.com.ph/stopspam.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Ayala-led telco has invested an additional $7.25 million to further ramp up its anti-spam and anti-scam campaign.

Globe has also partnered with major universal and commercial banks, as well as Lazada and Shopee, to minimize not just spam but also scams and phishing activities; ensuring the protection of customers within the network.

These partner companies report fake numbers, spoofed sender names, and websites, which Globe in turn blocks in its network immediately as they are reported.

Globe liewise urged subscribers to use “Messages” app by Google as their default Android SMS messenger for instance, since the app has highly-effective built-in spam filters similar to how a “Google Mail” user may have built-in spam filters.

“Given the ongoing pandemic, many businesses are struggling to get their products across to consumers. This has contributed to a surge in unsolicited marketing campaigns from digital marketers or spammers, who use existing number databases culled from public information or online data,” Bonifacio said.

 
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