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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

Choi Yuk-lin to visit UK, Finland

Secretary for Education Choi Yuk-lin will depart tomorrow for a duty visit to the UK and Finland, the Government announced today.


At the British Educational Training & Technology Show to be held in London, the UK, she will speak at a panel session and support Hong Kong teachers and students who will participate in the show.


On January 26, she will visit Helsinki, Finland, and attend the Educa education exhibition, where she will join a topical discussion on the role of education for the future with representatives from other regions.


Also on her UK and Finland itinerary are visits to education units and meetings with sector experts and Hong Kong students.


Ms Choi will return to Hong Kong on January 28. During her absence, Under Secretary for Education Sze Chun-fai will be Acting Secretary.

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