PNP-ACG confiscated 80,000 SIM cards used for scams

The Philippine National Police – Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) and the National Telecommunications Security Council (NTSC) for the seizure of over 80,000 unregistered SIM cards used for various types of scams such as e-wallet accounts takeover, phishing, love scams, and illegal gambling operations

During a recent press conference, the PNP-ACG explained that scammers used a pirated GSM modem, which is legally issued and should only be used by telecommunication companies in the country, in sending over 300 scam texts in a span of 1-2 minutes using up to 30 unregistered SIM cards.  

During the investigation, it was also revealed that at least 40,000 of the seized unregistered SIM cards are from local telco providers, while others are foreign mobile SIM cards

The usual modus operandi of these scams begins with sending suspicious links to victims, calling the user’s mobile number posing as a telco provider or an e-wallet representative to trick users into sharing their personal information for an e-wallet account takeover or sending notices that a user has won a grand prize for a competition, lottery, or sweepstakes. Scammers also used some of the unregistered SIM cards for “love scams” to steal money from their victims and for illegal gambling. 

Let this also serve as a warning to the public to protect their personal information from getting into the hands of cybercriminals. Scammers now use various unlawful ways to perpetrate their schemes while enjoying anonymity. I am likewise encouraging the public to be watchful and immediately report any cybercrime to the PNP-ACG so we can coordinate immediately with telcos and apprehend these scammers,” said PNP-ACG spokesperson PCAPT Michelle Sabino. 

According to NTSC admin head and first admin chair Col. Willie Gonio, the collaboration between PNP-ACG, and e-wallets such as GCash, is part of its continuing effort to improve the safety of customers nationwide. 

We will continue to work closely with local government units, local authorities, and our colleagues in the industry to ensure the physical security of telco infrastructure and to make sure that these illegal activities do not continue, and most importantly, to sharply increase the number of apprehended perpetrators.” 

The PNP ACG has opened its hotlines at (02) 8414-1560 or 0998-598-8116 or via email at The law enforcement agency encourages everyone to report incidents of scams, fraud, and cybercrime.

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