Scam alert: Telcos warn vs fake SIM registration links

Major telecommunications firms are warning subscribers against scammers who are taking advantage of the upcoming mandatory SIM registration to defraud unsuspecting people.

Smart Communications clarified in a Facebook post that its online SIM registration website will not go live until December 27 and that any link that claims to be available for subscribers is a phishing scam.

“As SIM registration starts on 27 December 2022, please be aware of text messages that contain fake URLs. Legitimate messages will come from SMART,” the network led by bilyonaryo Manny Pangilinan said.

This early, scammers are trying to mimic the SIM registration portals to collect the personal information of unknowing customers, which they can use to hack into online bank accounts to steal from their victims.

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