Data privacy watchdog starts probe on text scam using name of Bilyonaryo.com

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) has asked Bilyonaryo.com to explain why it is being linked to phishing attacks carried out via SMS.

NPC Complaints and Investigation Division chief Atty. Michael R. Santos issued the order after the agency found text messages containing URLs that led to the website Bilyonaryo.com.

The unsolicited text messages ask the recipient to subscribe to bilyonaryo.com and earn a raffle entry.

To shed light on the matter, Santos directed Bilyonaryo.com to explain why it is “linked or advertised in targeted SMS messages.”

Bilyonaryo.com was also ordered to submit information about its advertising and marketing campaigns, including activities utilizing text messages, as well as strategies for increasing website or application download traffic.

The news site was also asked to submit information about its marketing or advertising agents or service providers.

“This order is being issued under the power of this Commission to institute investigations about the circumstances surrounding personal data breaches, to collect information on a matter of of data privacy and to compel any entity to abide by its orders in relation to security incidents and personal data breaches, particularly concerning targeted SMS messages,” Santos said.

Bilyonaryo.com denied any involvement in this growing text scam designed to extract personal information from the target to commit fraud, identity theft or other online crimes. Its readers have been warned not to fall victim to fraudsters.

“To our beloved readers, the Bilyonaryo business website is not behind the flood of scam and spam text messages offering fake raffle prizes. Please ignore these fraudulent text messages. We urge you to report these to your network provider and regulators,” Bilyonaryo.com said last week.

“The Bilyonaryo respects our readers and will never attempt to dupe or cause you any harm. Just like you, our website is a victim in this nefarious act,” it said.

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