MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The job offer sounds tempting enough, with earnings of up to P8,000 (S$217) a day, well above current industry rates. All you have to do is click a link to know more.

The 8.9 per cent rise in unemployment-which translates to some 4.25 million Filipinos left jobless by the pandemic as of September 2021-also makes the invitation irresistible. But beware! The more tech-savvy would immediately spot several red flags in the offer: The number is unfamiliar, the sender unknown, and the firm or company unidentified as well.

The job isn’t specified either, and one is directed to a site through a link-the suspicious route employed by dubious click-bait operators. The unsolicited text messages may have different spiels, but the ultimate aim is the same: to get the text recipient to click the link.

The messages are blasted out to the mass of mobile phone subscribers out there, creating…

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