Gretchen Ho and other Filipinos said they continued to receive text messages about job offers and sketchy promotions.
Ho on Twitter shared a screenshot of an inbox filled with these text messages from anonymous senders.
— Gretchen Ho (@gretchenho) May 23, 2022
This was a quote retweet from another user named Brian Ong who requested an update on the SMS scam incident last year.
Ong also shared a screenshot of a text message about a questionable job posting on his tweet.
“No one was held responsible for leaking our mobile numbers to these dodgy job postings. Ano na???” he said.
No one was held responsible for leaking our cell phone numbers to these dodgy job advertisers. Ano na ??? 😤 pic.twitter.com/UiJViAl2ke
— Brian Ong (@briankingong) May 23, 2022
In the comments section of both tweets, several users also reported the same experience of receiving spam from unknown senders.
A user shared that he had already blocked several of these numbers. The messages, however, kept coming.
“Dame ko na na blocked, pero mukhang kabute, nanganganak haha,” the user said.
lady ko na na blocked, pero mukhang kabute, nanganganak haha pic.twitter.com/W2HnMmwQfz
— Marlon Buen (@qambuen) May 23, 2022
Another user shared a collage of the content of these posts.
The messages vary from a supposed offer to receive cash aid from the government to an appeal on the issue of corruption from a government official.
same here pic.twitter.com/1Qx33pYQTS
— joke (@simplejped) May 23, 2022
Other users felt relieved that other mobile phone users are also receiving similar SMS scams.
“So I thought it was because I applied for a job last year kaya naging active ulit ang recruitment… hindi lang pala ako,” one user mentioned.
“I thought I was the only one”, another user tweeted.
Some of them, on the other hand, noticed that reports of this situation came from subscribers of a particular telecommunications provider.
So far, no telecom provider or government agency has yet responded to this.
Reports of a wave of these random texts suddenly emerged on social media in November 2021.
Meanwhile, most of the texts were questionable job opportunities, brand promotions and free money offers.
Senders instructed their recipients to visit links to a WhatsApp channel, an encrypted messaging service, to take advantage of these offers.
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These reports soon reached the National Privacy Commission (NPC).
The NPC later said that a global syndicate may be behind the spam text messages sent to Filipino users.
NPC Commissioner Raymund Liboro has also previously said the SMS is unlikely to come from contact tracing forms and apps.
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In December 2021, the commission ordered Globe Telecom, Inc., Smart Communications, Inc. and Dito Telecommunity Corp.as well as Union Bank of the Philippines, Inc. and GCash (Mynt – Globe Fintech Innovations, Inc.), to submit certain documents to them for their further investigation.
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