Chinese collared selling pre-registered SIMs

PHOTOGRAPH BY JOEY SANCHEZ MENDOZA FOR THE DAILY [email protected]_joey | A man registers his subscriber identity module or SIM at a telecom store inside a mall in Ermita, Manila. The Department of Information and Communications Technology said there will be no extension of the 26 April SIM registration deadline as provided under Republic Act 11934 or the SIM Registration Act.

A Chinese national was arrested over the weekend in Parañaque City for selling pre-registered SIM, or subscriber identity module, cards allegedly being used for scams.

The SIMs were being sold from P3,000 to P6,000 per piece to fly-by-night firms, according to the National Bureau of Investigation. SIMs with special numbers were selling for as much as P500,000 per unit.

The suspect was arrested after authorities saw a social media post selling pre-registered SIMs. At least 20 SIM cards subjected to tests showed they were already pre-registered.

The SIM Registration Law was passed to stop their use in scams and other nefarious activities. The sale of pre-registered SIMs is being seen as a way to circumvent the law.

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