Republic of the Philippines
National Police Commission
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE
Camp BGen Rafael T Crame, Quezon City
ACG-CYBER SECURITY BULLETIN NR 227: UNDERSTANDING THE RISK OF SPAM MESSAGES SCAM
Reference Number ACG-CSB 112221227
The following information was obtained from different cyber security sources for notification to all parties concerned pursuant to the mandate of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP ACG) and classified as “Restricted” pursuant to the PNP Regulation 200-012 on Document Security and Impact Rating as high based on PNP Information Communication Technology (ICT) Security Manual s.2010-01 p. 22 and p.129.
Scammers send fake text messages to trick you to give them your personal information such as your password, account number, and social security number wherein they could gain access to your email, bank and other accounts.
The scammers will now start their social engineering tactics, also known as “Budol-Budol”. They will offer you a job where you can earn money by processing orders online using their website, and by giving you tasks before you can withdraw your salary.
Scammers also use job tactics by claiming that you can make a ton of money or getting paid a lot in a short period of time and pay over the market average.
Further, people who are looking to start their own business at home may encounter companies that claim to enhance their business skills. Their advertisements often show their resources and lessons can help you quickly grow your business. There are online courses and resources to help you get started as an entrepreneur, however there are also scams that promise instant sales and wealth for a large training fee.
Any cellphone user has the possibility to receive a text message from unknown or someone offering promos, jobs, investments, and more. Because of the accessibility of technology, companies are now advertising their products and services through text messages, e-mail and messaging apps.
Scammers and hackers are taking advantage of this technology to scam potential victims. They pose as project managers offering work-from-home jobs with a daily salary amounting to Php 3,000 to Php 8,000 including a link that will direct you to an online messaging application.
All PNP personnel as well as the public are advised to follow the tips below to avoid the risk of SPAM MESSAGES SCAM:
- Do not respond to calls, text messages or e-mails from unknown numbers or suspicious addresses.
- Never share sensitive personal or financial information over e-mail, text messages or over the phone.
- Do not click any links in a text message from unknown and unrecognize number. If a friend sends you a text with a suspicious link that seems out of character, call them to make sure they were not hacked.
- File a report with the nearest local law enforcement if you have lost money or possessions due to a scam.
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