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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

Alert issued over fake HKeToll sites

The Transport Department today alerted the public to fraudulent websites purporting to offer HKeToll services and deceive users into submitting their credit card information to make payments.

 

Minus the spaces added here, the addresses of the websites are “gov . hktc . etollu . xyz” and “etollu . xyz”.

 

The department clarified that these websites have no connection with HKeToll and have been reported to Police for follow-up.

 

If vehicle owners wish to pay an outstanding toll online, they must log in to the HKeToll website or mobile app.

 

The department urged citizens to stay alert when receiving unidentified messages and refrain from visiting suspicious websites or disclosing personal data. Anyone who has provided personal information to such websites should contact Police.

 

Call 3853 7333 for enquiries about HKeToll.


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