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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

Tony Chung condemned for fleeing

The Correctional Services Department today condemned Tony Chung for violating his supervision order and fleeing to the UK where he plans to seek asylum.


Deputy Commissioner of Correctional Services (Rehabilitation & Management) Leung Kin-ip told a press conference that under the supervision requirement, the supervisee should inform the supervising officer of the duration and specific period he will leave Hong Kong, as well as the destination.


“For this case, he had already mentioned that he will leave Hong Kong from 20 to 25 of this month. But he failed to return, and he originally told us he will go to Japan, but finally, everybody knows, he is now in the UK.


“For his irresponsible behaviour, we really condemn it, and he will face the result as we will recall him back to prison to serve the remaining sentence.”

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