How to not fall victim to 'pasaload' scams

Posted at 07/01/14 4:50 PM

MANILA, Philippines – The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is warning the public against several "pasaload" scams proliferating recently.

NTC lawyer Ramon Nolasco, Jr., the officer-in-charge of the Consumer Welfare and Protection division, said the scam message is usually sent from an 11-digit mobile number.

The message asks the victim to send an amount to 2 + (10 digit mobile number) for either a discount, refund, prizes, stranded relatives abroad and other fraudulent claims.

This share-a-load process will transfer load to the unknown mobile number.

For Globe subscribers, official advisories should only come from a 4-digit or alphanumeric sender only.

NTC advised consumers to notify Globe through @talk2Globe on Twitter, or send complaints to http://chat.globe.com.ph, http://globe.com.ph/talk2globenow.

For Smart, scam messages also come from an 11-digit but the syntax is a bit different.

An example is: SMART POSTPAID ADVISORY: Did you know that updated bills get P200 rebate? Txt 09471662156 200 to 808.

According to the NTC, consumers should report incidents to Smart hotline *888 or smart.com.ph/smart2know or via Smart's Twitter account: @SmartCares.

For Sun, the modus involves asking the subscriber to send “50 space, SUN number” to 2292.

The NTC said consumers can file a complaint with the agency but it should be notarized to allow NTC to block the number.

Nolasco admits it’s impractical but it’s a way to protect other mobile phone users from malicious and unwarranted blocking.