CICC Alerts Public on Rewards Scam

CICC Alerts Public on Rewards Scam

The Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) warns the public of a rewards scam that pretends to be a message from Globe Telecom.

In its advisory, the CICC said that the aforementioned rewards scam makes use of the domain, and preys on vulnerable customers via SMS or Text Message. Those who click on the domain will be led to a phishing site that will ask for their personal details and bank account number to be able to “redeem” points.

The scam message usually reads “The globe points service reminds you that your current points account (3,022 points) will expire today. Redeem your points as soon as possible: Please reply Y then exit SMS, open the SMS to activate the link again, or copy the link to the Safari browser and open it.”

Anti-fraud network Gogolook has flagged the domain as a “dangerous link” and adds that “the URL may contain security issues and attempt to phish for your personal info and money.”

As per the CICC’s recommendation, Executive Director Alexander Ramos said that they have recommended blocking the said domain and continuously warning the public against SMS fraud–especially those coming from unofficial sources. 

“There is nothing to cause for alarm, but as part of the protocol, we have recommended the blocking of the domain to avoid victimizing more customers,” Ramos said. “We also want to reiterate our appeal to the public to stop clicking links from unofficial sources in order to avoid being scammed.”
You can read the full advisory below:


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