Globe warns against scammers using SIM registration law to con people

Ayala-led Globe warned the public against unscrupulous groups and individuals sending misleading messages to unsuspecting people to steal personal information.

Globe chief information security officer Anton Bonifacio said these scammers are taking advantage of the SIM registration law to take people’s hard-earned money.

“We would like to remind our customers to ignore these messages and report them to our Stop Spam website,” Bonifacio said.

Bonifacio said the SIM Registration law, which aims to aid law enforcement in tracking perpetrators of crimes committed through mobile phones, has yet to take full effect as its implementing rules and regulations (IRR) are still being finalized.

All Globe and TM customers will be duly informed once the IRR is in place, he said.

Under the law, users can only activate their new SIMs by registering with their provider. Existing subscribers, meanwhile, must register within 180 days from the start of the law’s implementation or risk having their SIM deactivated.

Latest data show that Globe blocked more than 32.2 million scam and spam text messages in just two weeks after implementing measures to block uniform resource locators (URLs) in person-to-person text messages.

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