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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 on fake video

The Government today warned the public not to trust a fake video created using artificial intelligence being circulated online about an investment plan with high returns purported to be recommended by the Chief Executive.

 

It clarified that the video is totally fictitious with fraudulent intent and strongly condemned those who attempted deception in the name of the Chief Executive.

 

The Government reminded members of the public to not be taken in by similar investment-related advertisements or promotional videos and not provide their personal information online, sign up for mobile applications or open any links.

 

People should remain vigilant and verify the authenticity of such content, it added.

 

The incident has been referred to Police for investigation.


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