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According to a local telco, text frauds are probably coming from abroad.

According to local telecoms provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), most of the country’s rising number of text scams are probably being sent abroad.

These conclusions are the outcome of an early inquiry with the nation’s law enforcement agencies and state investigators, according to a statement released on Friday by PLDT-first Smart’s vice president and chief information security officer, Angel Redoble.

To buy prepaid SIMs (subscriber identity modules) in large quantities and use them to transmit “smishing” messages, Redoble claimed that foreign criminals collaborate with domestic carriers.

Smart is supporting the proposed SIM card registration bill, which the House of Representatives just adopted on second reading and would require SIM cards to be registered with a person’s name and other personal information to help fight such cybercrimes.

“We require a community-wide strategy. To find the offenders, we are providing the authorities with pertinent information. To establish a solution that would further protect personal data, he added that we also need to figure out how the crooks could collect mobile numbers.

Local telecom providers (telcos) are collaborating with the authorities to identify the sources of text scams and curb their spread while improving their spam filtering and blocking capabilities.

According to a report released on September 7 by the National Privacy Commission, telecoms, and other government organizations, data aggregators—companies that gather data for commercial purposes—are not likely to be behind the recent uptick in text scams containing recipients’ names.

These scams were discovered to be transmitted via phone rather than application to the phone, which uses the telecoms’ regular network and skips data aggregators.

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