Beware of Scammers Asking Fees for Sim Registration – DICT

DICT Warns Public Against Scammers Asking Fees for Sim Registration

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has warned the public against scammers asking fees for Sim card registration.

The DICT cautioned users on Tuesday not to engage with individuals who seek money in exchange for SIM registration assistance. According to DICT Usec Anna Mae Lamentillo, providing personal information to fraudsters can result in identity theft, financial loss, and other crimes.

DICT Sim Registration Scammers

Telcos have previously warned consumers of scammers posing as online SIM registration support platforms, according to Lamentilo, in a joint briefing with other authorities. Based on the report, using registrants’ personal information, purchasing registered SIM cards, and other acts relating to the legislation are all punishable by jail time or fines under the law.

Meanwhile, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) stated on Tuesday that it will support the SIM registration law. As reports of Filipinos falling prey to scammers during the SIM registration period mount, the DICT and other authorities established a 24-hour complaint center to aid customers.

The DICT’s Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center manages Hotline 1326. The DICT announced on Monday that over 16 million SIM cards, or 9.56 percent of the total 170 million SIM cards in the country, had been registered.

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