Globe blocks 784M spam, scam texts since January

Through its intensified filtering efforts, Globe blocked some 784 million scams and spam messages from January to the end of July this year.

Digital solutions company Globe has advised the public to exercise caution as bad actors are using the Internet to commit fraud and are becoming more sophisticated with their hacking techniques. | Photograph courtesy of Globe

By TDT

September 3, 2022

Globe is collaborating with National Telecommunications Communication to stop the spread of spam and scam text messages. The telco and digital solution company is complying with its latest order to warn against a new breed of scam messages that bear users’ full names while making fake job offers or cash prizes.

“We continue to fight scam and spam messages aggressively. Our anti-spam and scam operations continue 24/7. We have put in place the necessary filters on the various interconnects and channels to block suspicious sources, including erring numbers, SIMs, and domains used in the latest modus,” Globe said.

Through its intensified filtering efforts, Globe blocked some 784 million scams and spam messages from January to the end of July this year.

Within the same period, Globe also deactivated 14,058 scam-linked mobile numbers and blacklisted 8,973 more.

“We have coordinated with our industry partners to ensure that we can jointly protect the public from these scams. We’re also continuing to help drive awareness to ensure that our customers do not fall for these types of malicious campaigns even if seemingly personalized,” said Anton Bonifacio, Globe Chief Information Security Officer.

“At the end of the day, it’s a business for them, and as long as there are people who fall for their schemes, they’ll continue to bombard us with these nuisance messages despite all our prevention efforts,” he said.

Globe is urging customers to report spam and scam messages they receive to its Stop Spam web portal. Android phone users are also encouraged to set up spam filters on their devices. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Download Google’s “Messages” app

2. Set it as your default Android SMS messenger

3. Go to Settings and enable Spam Protection

Bonifacio also reminded the public never to open or click on links from unknown numbers nor engage these spammers by replying with personal information.

Globe stepped up its cybersecurity efforts in 2014 by building its capabilities to prevent attacks and threats to its infrastructure and protect its customers. It has a security operations center that works 24/7 to fend off and detect attacks or breaches very quickly and over 100 people dedicated to cybersecurity efforts.

Meanwhile, Globe encourages the public to be more vigilant. Through its #MakeITsafePH campaign, the company regularly provides its customers with relevant information about cybersecurity and responsible Internet use to boost awareness and help them protect themselves.


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