Network operators are not doing enough to prevent spam calls, texts

Millions of fake calls and tens of thousand of subscribers in the last five months were handled, but network operators do not appear to be sufficiently determined to fight against spam calls.

The Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has recently taken a series of moves to deal with different types of ‘telecom waste’, including spam messages, spam calls and spam e-mails.

Network operators are not doing enough to prevent spam calls, texts

In November 2020 alone, 20,235 subscribers delivering spam calls were prevented

It acts as the advisor to the government on Decree 15 on penalties for violations of regulations on postal services, telecommunication, radio frequencies, information technology and electronic transactions, and on Decree 91 on fighting spam messages, spam emails and spam calls.

The documents set an important legal framework which creates sanctions to radically handle telecommunications waste.

Since July, the Authority of Telecommunications has been urging mobile network operators to use technical measures to prevent spam and spam calls.

The agency reported that in November 2020 alone, 20,235 subscribers delivering spam calls were prevented. From July to the end of November, 72,539 subscribers were blocked because they had spread spam calls.

All the subscribers spreading spam have their incoming calls from other networks blocked and outgoing calls to internal subscribers blocked.

As for fake calls and phishing calls, network operators prevented 3.7 million calls in November. Of this, 2.6 million fake calls were prevented by Viettel, while the remaining 1 million calls prevented by by MobiFone and VNPT.

These were calls using counterfeited subscription numbers of the police and banks to fixed and mobile subscribers in order to cheat and appropriate assets.

 

The calls from counterfeited subscription numbers can be easily discovered by experts because they have unusual number structure, but most people cannot. Many people have fallen into the traps set by scammers.

The Authority of Telecommunications sent a dispatch to telecom service providers, requesting communication and technical solutions to minimize the scams. In the last six months, 34.3 million fake calls were prevented by network operators.

The statistics about the number of spam calls prevented by different telcos show considerable differences.

The figures about the number of spam calls prevented in November showed that 86 percent of the 20,235 spam calls discovered in November were handled by two network operators, Viettel and VNPT.

But the total number of calls handled by MobiFone, Vietnamobile and I Telecom just accounted for 14 percent.

In November, I Telecom blocked 1,362 subscribers spreading spam calls, accounting for 6.7 percent of total subscribers handled by all network operators. For MobiFone and Vietnamobile, the figures were 5.9 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively.

The problem has existed for the last six months. The number of subscribers blocked by MobiFone accounted for 6 percent, but it holds 20.85 percent of the mobile telecom market. 

Trong Dat

Spam iMessages on iPhones attack Vietnamese users

Spam iMessages on iPhones attack Vietnamese users

iMessages with advertising content about gambling are being sent to iPhone users in Vietnam.

34,700 subscribers blocked for making spam calls

34,700 subscribers blocked for making spam calls

According to the Telecommunications Department under the Ministry of Information and Communications, mobile network operators in Vietnam locked 34,700 subscribers that made spam calls and prevented over 9 million fake calls in the last three months.

 
 

Other News

.
New partnership to reduce greenhouse gas in building
New partnership to reduce greenhouse gas in building
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  18/01/2021 

European property developers are working with Vietnam's Ministry of Construction to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the residential property sector. 

Vietnam has second Disney Conservation Hero
Vietnam has second Disney Conservation Hero
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  16/01/2021 

The Fauna & Flora International (FFI) on January 15 announced a decision to recognise Le Van Hien as a Disney Conservation Hero by the Disney Conservation Fund.

Social media – a revolution to be feared
Social media – a revolution to be feared
FEATUREicon  15/01/2021 

“The right to freedom of opinion is of fundamental importance,” Steffen Seibert, spokesperson for Angela Merkel, said at a press conference on Monday, adding that Merkel had considered Trump’s Twitter ban “problematic".

VietNamNet cooperates with CMC Telecom on digital platform
VietNamNet cooperates with CMC Telecom on digital platform
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  15/01/2021 

CMC Telecom under a new agreement will provide technological solutions to help VietNamNet maximize its ability to provide content on digital platforms.

First industrial park in Vietnam gains access to 5G network
First industrial park in Vietnam gains access to 5G network
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  15/01/2021 

The Yen Phong 1 Industrial Park in northern Bac Ninh province has become the first park in Vietnam to gain access to the 5G telecom network, with the new technology launched onsite by Viettel on January 14.

Digital transformation offers better transportation services
Digital transformation offers better transportation services
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  16/01/2021 

Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong talks about the digital transformation program of the Ministry of Transport.

Da Nang beaches continue to face erosion
Da Nang beaches continue to face erosion
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  15/01/2021 

Beaches in the central city of Da Nang continue to face severe erosion after rain, raising concerns among local residents.

Saigon man removes trash from dirty city canal every day
Saigon man removes trash from dirty city canal every day
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  16/01/2021 

Seeing his skin wounds caused by immersion in black water while removing trash from a canal, many people think the 69-year-old man is crazy. But he turns a deaf ear to their comments.

Impressive figures for Vietnam's digital transformation in 2020
Impressive figures for Vietnam's digital transformation in 2020
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  15/01/2021 

While Covid-19 had a negative impact on socio-economic development globally, Vietnam was able to control the outbreaks and grab an opportunity to step up national digital transformation.

Legal proceedings commenced against endangered animal protection violators
Legal proceedings commenced against endangered animal protection violators
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  14/01/2021 

Police in the southern province of Dong Nai on January 13 decided to commence legal proceedings against a man for violating regulations on protection of endangered, precious and rare animals.

“Make in Vietnam” key to Vietnam’s target of high income by 2045
“Make in Vietnam” key to Vietnam’s target of high income by 2045
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  15/01/2021 

Nguyen Quang Dong, Director of the Institute for Policy Studies and Media Development, talks about Vietnam’s efforts to master science and technology production to help it achieve the goal of becoming a high-income country in 2045.

Information and Communications Ministry launches platforms to help press agencies go digital
Information and Communications Ministry launches platforms to help press agencies go digital
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  14/01/2021 

The three platforms, which will help press agencies in their digital transformation, were launched on January 12 at the conference reviewing tasks in 2020 and those for 2021 of the information and communication sector.

Photo book on islands launched by overseas Vietnamese
Photo book on islands launched by overseas Vietnamese
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  14/01/2021 

A photo book about Vietnamese islands and seas has been published to help younger generations better understand the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago.

Vietnam introduces anti-fake news website
Vietnam introduces anti-fake news website
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  13/01/2021 

The Ministry of Information and Communications has organized an inauguration ceremony for a website http://tingia.gov.vn/ that will receive complaints against and publicize fake news.

Global vision essential for Vietnam’s technology brands
Global vision essential for Vietnam’s technology brands
FEATUREicon  14/01/2021 

More than 30 years after doi moi was initiated, Vietnam is increasingly expanding the presence of its brands across global markets. 

Vietnam completes digitisation of terrestrial television broadcasting
Vietnam completes digitisation of terrestrial television broadcasting
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  13/01/2021 

The Ministry of Information and Communications on January 11 announced the completion of the scheme on the digitisation of the transmission of terrestrial television broadcasting in line with the prime minister’s Decision No.2451-QD-TTg.

Ministry of Information and Communication with new missions, new space
Ministry of Information and Communication with new missions, new space
FEATUREicon  13/01/2021 

According to Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung, the second innovation is digital transformation. The Information and Communication Ministry has embarked on new missions, a new space and new energy.

Vietnam cracks down on poaching of migratory birds
Vietnam cracks down on poaching of migratory birds
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  13/01/2021 

The Biodiversity Conservation Agency is completing a draft directive on strengthening the management of migratory birds in Vietnam for submission to the Prime Minister for approval.

Saline intrusion in Mekong Delta forecast to be severe during Tet
Saline intrusion in Mekong Delta forecast to be severe during Tet
SCI-TECH & ENVIRONMENTicon  14/01/2021 

A severe period of saltwater intrusion in the Mekong Delta due to lower water levels upstream is expected to fall from February 8 to 16 as Vietnam celebrates the Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

2020 – unprecedented year for mobile phone retail chains
2020 – unprecedented year for mobile phone retail chains
FEATUREicon  15/01/2021 

With the sharpest revenue decrease in history, mobile phone retail chains in Vietnam experienced a memorable year in 2020.

 
 
 
Leave your comment on an article

OR QUICK LOGIN