MANILA, Philippines – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is warning the public against several "pasaload" scams proliferating recently.
NTC lawyer Ramon Nolasco, Jr., the officer-in-charge of the Consumer Welfare and Protection division, said the scam message is usually sent from an 11-digit mobile number.
The message asks the victim to send an amount to 2 + (10 digit mobile number) for either a discount, refund, prizes, stranded relatives abroad and other fraudulent claims.
This share-a-load process will transfer load to the unknown mobile number.
For Globe subscribers, official advisories should only come from a 4-digit or alphanumeric sender only.
NTC advised consumers to notify Globe through @talk2Globe on Twitter, or send complaints to http://chat.globe.com.ph, http://globe.com.ph/talk2globenow.
For Smart, scam messages also come from an 11-digit but the syntax is a bit different.
An example is: SMART POSTPAID ADVISORY: Did you know that updated bills get P200 rebate? Txt 09471662156 200 to 808.
According to the NTC, consumers should report incidents to Smart hotline *888 or smart.com.ph/smart2know or via Smart's Twitter account: @SmartCares.
For Sun, the modus involves asking the subscriber to send “50 space, SUN number” to 2292.
The NTC said consumers can file a complaint with the agency but it should be notarized to allow NTC to block the number.
Nolasco admits it’s impractical but it’s a way to protect other mobile phone users from malicious and unwarranted blocking.