Spammer targets Smart subs as NTC issues anti-spamming order

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A spam message from a Smart number has been sent to a number of Smart subscribers A spam message from a Smart number has been sent to a number of Smart subscribers[/caption] Caritas Health Shield sent spam messages on the same day that the Globe sent out press statements indicating that NTC has granted its request to order the company and another spammer, Center for Global Best Practices, to stop sending spam messages to customers of Globe Telecom. The order is stipulated in show-cause orders issued by NTC against Caritas and CGBP, relating to separate complaints filed by Globe against the two companies. Globe specifically asked the regulatory body to order Caritas, a health insurance company, and CGBP, which offers various training and seminar courses, the payment of appropriate fines and penalties for sending annoying text spam to Globe subscribers. Globe also asked the NTC to permanently bar Caritas and CGBP, its agents and employees from sending spam texts to Globe customers. The regulatory body also ordered the two companies to appear before the NTC on July 15 and to explain in writing within 15 days from receipt of the order why it should not be administratively sanctioned for such violation. According to Globe general counsel Froilan Castelo, the company is now preparing the filing of separate complaints against two local business organizations whose agents and employees have been identified to be the source of text spams. ?We will try to get to them in the hope that we can convince them to stop sending text spams to our customers. We hope our efforts to reach out to them would result in the resolution of our concern and they can compel their agents and employees to stop sending text spams to our customers,? Castelo said. He, however, did not disclose the identity of the two companies pending formal filing of charges against them. Following Globe Telecom?s campaign to combat text spamming, some text spammers have refrained from using their company name when sending text spams. A sample of such spam message reads as follows: ?Get cash when you need it. Bank loan for as low as 1.39% reply YES if interested. For details text/call 0926XXXXXXX.? Castelo emphasized, however, that while senders of such messages do not directly identify their respective companies, such practice is still considered text spamming and the organizations they represent should be held liable. ]]>

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