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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

Lam Sai-hung to visit Singapore

Secretary for Transport & Logistics Lam Sai-hung will leave tomorrow afternoon for Singapore, where he will visit local transport and logistics facilities and meet Singaporean officials and trade representatives. He will return to Hong Kong on February 1.


Mr Lam will pay visits to ports, Singapore Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal and Changi Airport to learn about their operations. He will also have a tour to the Intelligent Transport Systems Centre.


During his absence, Under Secretary for Transport & Logistics Liu Chun-san will be the Acting Secretary.

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