A number of people have complained about receiving fake calls purportedly from a telephone number in the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP). The prank calls allegedly claim that the recipient is involved in the illegal drug trade.
This is the automated voice message: “Your number has been implicated in illegal drugs. Press 9 to repeat the message.” The voice message also claimed that it was a call from the Philippine National Police.
A Facebook user did some research and discovered that the number is a direct line to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, apparently connected to the office of a Monetary Board member.
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas denied any involvement in the prank calls and claimed that these are phishing scams using illegal telephone extortion schemes. The BSP said that the public should be wary of scammers who pretend to be government officials asking for personal information.
BSP Statement on Phishing Scam pic.twitter.com/t6PKY93IWw
— Bangko Sentral (@BangkoSentral) September 7, 2018
Victims of these phishing scams can report such incidents to the BSP Financial Consumer Protection Department through the hotlines 708-7087 and 708-7701 loc 2584 or by emailing [email protected]
On the other hand, Smart Communications said that it is aware of “malicious calls being perpetrated randomly on landlines and mobile phones.” The company has launched an investigation and implemented mitigating actions to stop the malicious calls. Smart assured its customers that none of its services have been compromised and that there is no breach of security in its network.
The public is advised to be vigilant of these malicious fake calls and to avoid giving personal information should they receive such calls.
Some people allege that the prank calls could have been conducted using caller ID spoofing. In this case, the caller ID display might display a different phone number from that of the phone from which the call was placed. Caller ID spoofing is illegal in many countries and is commonly used by telephone scammers.