Don’t be too trusting! Globe tells public to be wary of people offering SIM registration assistance

Ayala-led Globe has alerted its customers against scammers offering help in the registration or SIM cards.

Globe advised its subscribers not to share personal information.

“We want to remind our customers to be wary of these types of offers and to only use official channels for their SIM registration,” said Irish Salandanan-Almeida, Globe chief privacy officer.

“Your personal information is valuable and we urge you to protect it from those who may want to use it for unlawful purposes,” she added.

There are already reports of individuals taking advantage of the SIM registration requirement.

Scammers offer their services through social media either for free or for a fee and request the name, photo, valid ID, birthday, cell phone number, and address of SIM users.

Globe said such personal information, when in the wrong hands, may be used to impersonate their owners, access their accounts, steal money or other fraudulent activities. Identity thieves may also open accounts in another person’s name, run up debt, or commit crimes, causing damaged reputation and financial problems.

Starting February 2023, Globe will also have assisted registration sites for senior citizens, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, and users of basic or feature phones. The list of Globe’s registration sites will be announced through our official websites in the coming weeks.

There are 87.9 million SIMs under the Globe network. So far, over 7 million had already been registered.

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