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No more scam links and phishing finally, thanks to NTC’s long overdue implementation

It’s been quite a while since we are pestered by those endless scams involving messages on how we can win or get something for free or an easy route to get cash. Those aren’t true at all. Thankfully, those links cannot bait your titos and titas, your grandpas and grandmas anymore…

After the National Telecommunications Commission text blasted us with alerts about those annoying and harmful texting scams, now they are onto the next step: urging the telco companies to deactivate links in text messages to prevent those vermin also known as scammers from scamming another clueless victims ever again.

NTC sent Dito Telecom, Globe, and Smart a memorandum which states a request to “block or deactivate domains or Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), TinyURLs, Smart Links and/or QR Codes emanating from malicious sites.”

What do you think of this change? Are we finally free of text scams, or it is a matter of time before those scammers can eventually find a detour to try to scam us again for a millionth time?

Here’s some quick tips to avoid scammers from acquiring your precious data and/or valuables like bank accounts or more:

Never share your personal info to anyone.

Only share when it’s trusted or coming from a legitimate source.

Check for grammer mistokes, syntax+)_%errors, wronG capitaliZATions, or just bad writing.

Scammers can’t fool a well-educated person about this topic, so if you are lagging behind these aspects, watch some YouTube videos to widen your intuition on how to spot a scam from a legit message.

A company will never ask for payments if you win something. (You’ve just won a new smartphone! Please pay 599 pesos shipping fee!)

Usually, if you win, you won’t have to pay for anything because that’s the company’s responsibility to reach out.

Finally, have a level headed mind.

Don’t click right away or your overwhelming exciteness get the best of you: stray away for your phone for a moment, then after a while, think about it and analyze carefully if this is legitimate or not. Do your research, the internet is free. If you don’t have access, don’t click that button. Delete it immediately.

This quick tips cannot fully save you on a scam attack, but rather to give you a clear insight when the time comes that you have finally encounter a potential scam. It’s better to report any activities to the nearest authorities and don’t click anything to avoid risks.

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