Poe asks DICT to stop Mobile phone fraud exploiting personal information

Poe asks DICT to stop Mobile phone fraud exploiting personal information

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA – Senador Grace Poe on Wednesday asked the Department of
Information and Communication Technology (DICT) to immediately stop
Mobile phone fraud exploiting our personal information.

She also asked telecommunications companies to join the government in
curbing these scammers preying on the consumers who relied on mobile
phones as a major communication system.

“As more people use their smartphones for communication, business and
education especially amid the pandemic, the fraud floodgates have been
opened,” Poe said.

Poe said that the government and the private sector must move together
quickly against syndicates that have boosted their attacks on a
massive scale and alarming pace, preying on the vulnerabilities of the
public dependent on mobile phones.

“We also urge the public to be extremely vigilant in looking out for
signs of the illegal activities and to safeguard their personal
information and other sensitive data,” Poe said.

The lady senator also asked the government to continuously beef up
mechanisms, such as existing hotlines, where our people can report
spams and scams and get immediate help in case they fall, victim, to
fraud.

“Text scams spare no one. Their victims come from poor families who
are given false hopes of jobs or goods, or worse, duped into giving
away cash in exchange for the false promise of a bigger amount,” she
said. (ai/mtvn)

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