BOCAUE, Bulacan–Millions of mobile phone users were already cautioned and reminded not to fall victim of job text scams by unknown groups and individuals whose real intention is to get their account information to steal their money after Senate Labor and Employment and Human Resource Committe chair, Senator Joel Villanueva urged government agencies concern and telephone companies to address the issue.
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and Globe Telecom since Thursday started texting subscribers not to believe the text messages they receive from unknown numbers offering them jobs and promising huge and attractive salaries.
Villanueva had earlier met officials of the National Privacy Commission including the Department of Justice to address the concern victimizing so many people.
“BABALA! Huwag maniwala sa text na diumano’y nagaalok ng trabaho. Huwag po magbigay ng personal na impormasyon. Ito po ay isang scam,” the Globe message said on Friday morning.
“This is a public service advisory from the National Telecommunications Commission and Globe. BABALA! Huwag maniwala sa text na diumano’y nagaalok ng trabaho. Huwag po magbigay ng personal na impormasyon. Ito po ay isang scam. No public advisories? Text STOP to 26827,” reads the text message of NTC yesterday.
Villanueva said the group preys on GCash and bank accounts of some 4,250,000 unemployed Filipinos.”Ang gusto talaga natin hanapin at ipakulong ang mga ito na sinasamantala pa ang ating mga kababayan lalo na ang mga walang trabaho,” he said.
He said the modus operandi of these groups and individuals are offering jobs with promising salaries especially during these pandemic through text and email messages but would later prey on their GCash money including withdrawal from their bank accounts. Villanueva who distributed Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) to 1,281 beneficiaries and 1,276 for Tulong Panghanapbuhay para sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) job emergency program here during Wednesday’s birth anniversary of his sister, late Mayor Joni Villanueva had earlier called on authorities to identify, arrest and put to jail who are behind the said scam.