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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

Cleanliness plea for festive season

The Leisure & Cultural Services Department today appealed to people to keep public places clean and be mindful of safety when celebrating Christmas.


Together with law enforcement teams in various departments, the LCSD will boost patrols at its venues from December 24 to 26 to tackle littering, illegal hawking and vandalism.


Additional cleaning staff and security guards will also be deployed, the department added.


Littering will incur a fixed penalty of $3,000.


As crowd management measures will be implemented at some venues, visitors are advised to pay attention to announcements, and to follow the instructions of on-site officers.

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