(SPOT.ph) Spam texts, unfortunately, are nothing new. For a time, the popular message scams you into transferring text credits. Then, there are other spam messages, ranging from promos with sketchy links or condo and credit card offers. But the latest surge in spam texts is probably one of the most alarming as the templates revolve around part-time job offers with phishing links.
According to the National Privacy Commission, a global crime syndicate is behind this modus operandi. They also said that it's not related to contact tracing forms and contact tracing apps, which has most of our important information.
Also read: Here's How to Deal With Those Annoying Spam Texts You've Been Receiving
While it's best to ignore these texts and block the numbers, we're only human and—most of the time—we just want to curse at the person on the other end of the message. But, whatever you do, don't ever ever ever click on those links; and never give away any personal information.
Globe Telecom also recommends reporting spammers via their website or using the Google Messages app. Similarly, PLDT First Vice President and head of communications Cathy Yang advises everyone to report incidents to the National Telecommunications Commission via the complaints page on their website.
But if you really, really have to reply, here are fun messages to throw at those spam texts:
Short and sweet. Alternatively, "No."
Links to your online stores
If you can't beat them, join them. You can also send your affiliate links for Lazada or Shopee.
A template message
You can invoke the Holy Spirit and go with: "You will now start receiving messages from Daily Gospel. You will be charged P5 for every text. To stop this service, text STOP." See how many STOP replies you'll get.
"Dear, project manager. We are not hiring. What are you talking about?"
These supposed "project managers" or "recruiters" say that they're from e-commerce sites like Lazada, eBay, and so on. Pretend you're one of the bosses in those companies. You can even go as far as "Dear, project manager. You're fired." (For some reason, the spam text always starts with "dear.")
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