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Angelica Panganiban, alarmed after scammy text mentions her name

In a August 26, memorandum, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has urged telecommunication companies to warn users of such spam texts

Like many Filipinos, Angelica Panganiban has expressed concerns over spam text messages that include the receiver’s first name.

In a tweet, the actress revealed that she had constantly been blocking messages from numbers that are clearly scams.

What are the chances na kapag bago na ang phone number mo, hindi ka na matetext ng mga nagsasabing “beshie its your lucky day” or “you are now hired” or “we are hiring” napakadami ko nang na block.” she wrote.

Most messages are disguised as job offers to prompt the user to click on a dubious link. In the actress’ case, the link was “”

Panganiban isn’t new to spam messages, but the latest one surprised her as it contained her first name and the initial of her surname.

“Hi ANGELICA P., No fee, No ID, No problem. Join and get 60p now!” the spam message read.

Renowned economic analyst Edson Guido has also brought up the problem on his Twitter account. He would just block spam messages from unknown cellphone numbers but his name being mentioned was alarming.

Guido has now lost confidence in the data privacy provided for phone users.

Yung mga scam text messages ngayon sobrang alarming na ah. Dati blinoblock ko lang, pero ngayon pati pangalan ko alam na nila?? Ganito rin ba sa inyo?” he tweeted.

One of his relatives, who he says has never used his/her phone number on any app, also received spam messages.

Some users are also called scammers.

Justice Marvic Leonen has suggested that someone close to the higher-ups has leaked people’s information.

“This means that there is a data provider out there that has leaked or sold or been careless about our information. This makes all of us now vulnerable,” he wrote.

The scammers have also resorted to pretending to be a figure of authority.

In an August 26 memorandum, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) urged telecommunication companies to warn users of such spam texts.

Written by Charles Teves

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