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Scams keep happening when SIM sign-up begins.

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One day prior to the start of Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) registration, a senator issued a warning regarding a fresh fraud that preys on GCash users.

According to Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, a phony email purporting to be from GCash Promotions will notify recipients that their transactions have been restricted and that in order to reinstate the feature, they must pre-register by simply clicking a link, a procedure that may jeopardize online security.

Gatchalian claimed in a news release on Monday that “the GCash Team has certified this as a scam.”

“I pinaglaban ang pagsasabatas ng SIM registration sa nakalipas na maraming taon dahil nating gusto nating protektahan ang mga gumagamit ng SIM laban sa panloloko ng cyber criminals,” said the speaker. We campaigned for the SIM registration law so that we could defend the public against online criminals. Kailangan nating abisuhan ang ating mga kababayan na mag-ingat nang husto laban sa mga sari-saring pambibiktima ng mga kawatan. We must warn everyone to remain vigilant against such scams,” stated Gatchalian.

Existing SIM cards must be registered within 180 days of December 27 or else they will be deleted.

The instructions for registering will be provided by the service providers.

Gatchalian, a co-author of Republic Act 11934 or the SIM Registration Act, advised SIM users to register as soon as possible so that authorities might find criminals who prey on unwary consumers.

Senator Grace Poe, a co-author, urged the telecoms to help those in need, including the elderly, children, pregnant women, those with impairments, and people without internet access.

In another statement, Poe said, “The SIM registration should be as simple as texting or sending a message.” “Telcos should establish registration sites that are safe and user-friendly to encourage mobile customers to enlist without difficulty and service interruption.”

According to the law, registering entails providing personal information such as your full name, birth date, gender, postal address, and any other comparable documents with a picture.

Business users are required to supply the full name of an authorized signatory, the business name, and the business address.

The 180-day registration period may be extended for a maximum of 120 days, and individuals who fail to register within that time may revive their SIMs only after doing so, but no later than five days following deactivation.

Without good cause, telcos that refuse to accept registration may be penalized between P100,000 and P1,000,000, while those who violate confidentially may be fined between P500,000 and P4,000,000.

Users who give false information during registration or sell stolen SIM cards risk imprisonment for up to two years and fines between $100,000 and $300,000.

The penalty for spoofing a registered SIM is a minimum six-year sentence, a fine of PHP200,000, or both.

The telcos are responsible for including existing subscribers’ details and data in the SIM register.

The first piece of legislation that President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. signed was the SIM Card Registration Act.

The Philippine National Police and other law enforcement agencies will be able to quickly respond to complaints and cases involving mobile scams thanks to the law’s ability to help them track down offenders and deal with misconduct involving telecommunications devices, according to a previous statement by Interior Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr.


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