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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

Govt assists traffic accident victims

A Hong Kong resident died and two others were injured in a traffic accident in Shaoguan, Guangdong yesterday afternoon. Officers of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Government were deployed to render assistance.


The Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office in Guangdong today said it had deployed officers to Shaoguan to assist residents and their families upon learning of the incident yesterday evening.


The three Hong Kong residents were passengers on board a Mainland-licensed private car when the accident happened, the office noted.


The office and the Immigration Department will continue to liaise with the residents concerned, and their families, to render all practicable assistance.


Hong Kong residents who need assistance when travelling outside of Hong Kong may call the department’s Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit 24-hour hotline on (852) 1868. They can also call the 1868 hotline using network data via the department’s mobile app, send a message to the 1868 WhatsApp assistance hotline or submit an Online Assistance Request Form.

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