SINGAPORE — From 31 January, SMS messages despatched by organisations not registered with the Infocomm Media Improvement Authority (IMDA) registry shall be labelled as “seemingly scams”.
In a media launch on Wednesday (25 January), IMDA introduced that every one organisations utilizing alphanumeric sender IDs should register with the Singapore SMS Sender ID Registry (SSIR).
“This registration is to higher shield customers towards non-registered SMS that could be scams,” it mentioned.
Because the system features equally to a spam bin, customers receiving SMSes labelled as “seemingly rip-off” ought to train warning. If uncertain, the buyer is inspired to ask a member of the family or good friend for help.
IMDA mentioned that every one organisations that use alphanumeric sender IDs, which regularly include model names and should include each letters and numbers, ought to register early with SSIR.
Organisations from Singapore Enterprise Federation, Singapore Worldwide Chamber of Commerce, and Affiliation of Banks in Singapore are amongst these IMDA has approached to encourage them to hitch the registry.
Registration with the SSIR might be executed by contacting [email protected] or the Singapore Community Data Centre.
SSIR regime would assist within the battle towards scams
IMDA added that this new necessary SSIR regime is a part of its ongoing multi-layered method to scale back rip-off calls and SMSes utilizing telecom operators’ communication networks.
Singapore noticed a 64 per cent discount in SMS scams between the final quarter of 2021 and the second quarter of 2022, after the SSIR was shaped in March final yr.
In line with the authority, round 8 per cent of rip-off stories within the second quarter of 2022 have been perpetrated by way of SMS, down from 10 per cent in the identical quarter of 2021.
Over 1,200 organisations have already signed up since registration began in October final yr, with over 2,600 SMS Sender IDs registered.
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