Some GCash users received an SMS alert today saying that they are eligible to claim P750 worth of GCash Ang Pao Rewards. Incidentally, GCash has an on-going Ang Pao promo that will run until February 14,
GCash’s Facebook groups were filled with screenshots of the suspicious SMS. While most users commented that the message is a scam, some subscribers may still be compromised knowing that they have shared their personal information such as their names and phone numbers in the group just so they could take part of the Chinese New Year promo.
This SMShing incident is similar to the previous GCash phishing report that was featured in this blog earlier this month. It used the free web development platform Wix to create a phishing site where gullible users will be redirected to.
Wix was quick to turn down the phishing site after it has been discovered and reported.
GCash users are reminded to be extra vigilant against these people who are thriving on their weakness to promos. Report any suspicious emails or SMS directly to GCash to disable the mobile number that these cybercriminals are using and to aid on their investigation should there be one.
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