Image source: Screenshot of Blue Whale Finance Video
The relevant person in charge of China Mobile Zhejiang responded that the matter is true, and the company is notifying customers in batches through text messages. If the user needs to answer international calls, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan calls, they need to send 1219 to 10086 for confirmation and registration.
Many provinces across the country have closed international SMS reception
According to upstream news, many provinces and cities across the country have implemented this operation.
A few days ago, Henan Mobile, Henan Unicom, and Henan Telecom announced that since May 7, the international, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan SMS receiving functions have been disabled by default.
The announcement pointed out that due to the high incidence of overseas fraudulent SMS cases, in accordance with the work requirements of the Office of the Inter-Departmental Joint Conference on Combating and Governing New Types of Illegal and Criminal Telecommunication Networks in Henan Province, in order to protect the property safety of the people, from 0:00 on May 7, 2022, international and Hong Kong and Macao The Taiwan SMS receiving service is adjusted to be activated according to the user’s application. At that time, the international, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan SMS receiving function will be disabled by default.
For users in Henan Province who need to receive SMS from international, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, they can bring their ID card to the local mobile, China Unicom, or telecommunications company’s self-operated business hall or send a text message to confirm the free activation.
On March 22, Gongxin Weibo reported that Jiangxi Telecom, Jiangxi Mobile, and Jiangxi Unicom issued a joint announcement. In order to strictly control overseas fraudulent text messages, starting from March 28, users in Jiangxi Province will be adjusted to receive international and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan text messages. Users apply for activation.
In addition, Liaoning has implemented the closure of international and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan SMS reception functions from 0:00 on January 25, 2022; Guizhou has implemented it at 0:00 on November 27, 2021; Zhejiang has implemented it from 0:00 on August 10, 2021.
There are reports that the above-mentioned provinces are only pilot projects, and the function of receiving SMS from international, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan will be closed or expanded to the whole country in the future. On May 9, the upstream news reporter called the public service telephone of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology for consultation. The staff said that the above-mentioned relevant information and notice of planning arrangements have not yet been registered.
The reporter also called the Chongqing Municipal Communications Administration to ask whether Chongqing has similar arrangements for the three major operators. A staff member said that the Communications Administration has not made relevant work arrangements, and users are advised to call their operators directly to inquire.
The upstream news reporter then called the customer service numbers of Chongqing Unicom, Chongqing Telecom and Chongqing Mobile. The customer service of the three major operators said that they had not received the notification to close the international SMS service. When the reporter asked if the user could apply to turn off the function of receiving international short messages, the customer service of Chongqing Unicom said that the problem would be recorded, and then the relevant staff would contact and deal with it. The customer service of Chongqing Telecom and Chongqing Mobile both stated that international SMS reception and domestic SMS reception are integrated services, and the international SMS reception service cannot be turned off separately for users. It is recommended that users install spam SMS blocking software to filter spam SMS.
Fraud gangs are entrenched abroad
According to the Xinhua Daily, as the crackdown continues to intensify, the living space of electronic fraud crimes has been greatly squeezed in China, and many fraud gangs have moved abroad.
“At present, among the cases handled by the Jiangsu police, nearly 80% of the telecommunications fraud gangs are lingering in Southeast Asian countries. They commit fraud through corporate operation and decentralized multi-national network management. Most of them are investment-related.” The provincial anti-fraud center police told Reporters, fraudsters can set up the “Administration Department” and “Finance Department” of the criminal group in the Philippines, the “Customer Service Department” and the “Risk Control Department” in Thailand and other places, and the “Marketing Department” and “Technology Department” in Laos and other places. , The database server is placed in the United States and other places. After they defraud domestic victims, they quickly transfer and withdraw the defrauded funds through numerous fund accounts illegally held by “underground banks”.
This change has further increased the difficulty and cost of police crackdowns. “Restricted by many objective factors, it is extremely difficult for public security organs to collect evidence overseas through police cooperation or judicial cooperation.” The police of the Provincial Anti-Fraud Center said that it is even more difficult to catch the leaders and leaders of fraud gangs. It’s harder, it’s hard to catch it all. “In 2019, the Mongolian police handed over more than 700 Chinese telecommunications fraud suspects captured to the Chinese police, and the Jiangsu public security organs filed the case under the jurisdiction and investigated them. After we investigated them, they were basically the bottom ‘horses’ in the gang. , there are very few middle-level people, and there is no leader.” He admitted that this situation is still difficult to crack.