Grace Poe

Poe: Stop text scams

November 24, 2021 Marlon Purification 278 views

SENATOR Grace Poe on Wednesday stressed that mobile phone fraud exploiting our personal information must stop.

In her statement, Poe admitted that as more people use their smartphones for communication, business and education especially amid the pandemic, the fraud floodgates have been opened.

She urged the government and the private sector to 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 senator added that the government should 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 further stressed.