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MCMC to fight SMS scams

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) will be improving steps to curb the prevailing SMS-spoofing scams but concedes it will be hard to completely eliminate the problem.

In SMS-spoofing or fake-MO (mobile originating) scams, content providers use an international gateway to send in a request for content such as mobile ringtones, wallpapers, jokes and horoscope readings to make it seem as if the consumer has requested for it.

Normally, when consumers send an MO or request for mobile content, it is a direct transaction between consumer, telco and content provider.

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