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SMS sender scheme expanded

The Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) announced today that the SMS Sender Registration Scheme is now open for application by all sectors to further help the public verify the identities of SMS senders, with a view to combatting SMS fraud.   Apart from further opening up the scheme, the OFCA said it welcomes public and private organisations from various industries with a practical need to communicate with customers or clients via SMS to join the scheme.   Under the scheme, only registered senders are able to send SMS messages using their registered SMS sender IDs with the prefix “#”. All other SMS messages with sender IDs containing “#” but not sent by registered senders will be blocked by the telecommunications networks.   As such, the public can easily identify whether an SMS message is received from a registered sender by the prefix “#” in the SMS sender ID.   The OFCA reminds citizens to stay highly vigilant when receiving SMS messages from unknown sender

5.5m receive consumption vouchers

The Government today announced that it disbursed via the four stored value facility (SVF) operators the first $2,000 consumption voucher to about 5.5 million eligible people who had completed electronic registration by July 17.   Such people will successively receive SMS or mobile app push notifications concerning the Consumption Voucher Scheme’s disbursement.       Those who have completed electronic registration on or after July 18 and all who have submitted paper registration forms will receive the first $2,000 consumption voucher on September 1 after verification of eligibility.       For people who chose to collect the vouchers via AlipayHK, Tap & Go or WeChat Pay HK, the $2,000 vouchers have been directly injected into their specified SVF accounts.       Those who chose to collect the vouchers via Octopus cards may collect the $2,000 voucher by tapping the card at the Public Transport Fare Subsidy Scheme’s subsidy collection points at MTR stations, Light Rail Customer Service Centres, designated piers and public transport interchanges within three months from today.   They can also tap the card at designated convenience stores and supermarkets, Octopus Service Points or via Octopus app.   Registrants who have completed electronic registration on or before July 17 but have not yet received the SMS notifications on their registration results may enquire about their registration status using the hotline 18 5000.       The Government reminded eligible people who have not yet registered to submit registration by August 14.        People should also carefully protect their personal data when registering for the scheme and using the vouchers. The Government and its contractors will only communicate with the registrants by designated telephone numbers.          Visit the scheme website or call 18 5000 for enquiries.
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