PLDT Inc. on Thursday said its cyber-threat investigation team has interacted with text scammers to understand how their modus works and find ways to prevent them from victimizing subscribers.

“We have to engage the scammers to understand the scam,” PLDT and Smart Communications chief information security officer Angel Redoble said in an interview on CNN Philippines.

“This is not the traditional type of phishing or scamming technique. This one is interactive. There is a scammer who will ask you to send money for a commission and they keep on enticing you with higher commission,“ he said.

Recently, mobile subscribers reported receiving spam text messages from anonymous numbers recruiting them to suspicious job offers with high salaries.

Redoble explained that with its interaction with the scammers the telco found that the bigger the amount a subscriber gives, the more difficult for them to get back their money.

“Sa strategy nila ‘yung first money na ibibigay mo ibabalik nila sayo. Maglagay ka ng P200, automatically you will receive a commission of P60. So naglagay kami ng P200 pesos and true enough naging P260 and we were able to withdraw it,” he said.

(In their strategy, the first money you will give will be returned to you. If you give P200, automatically you will receive a commission of P60. So we put P200 and true enough it became P260 and we were able to withdraw it.)

The PLDT official said scammers basically get the trust of their victims first by…

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