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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

Testing compliance check done

The Government today completed a joint enforcement operation at Mei Fai House of Yue Fai Court in Aberdeen which was earlier included in a compulsory testing notice.   The enforcement action was conducted from around 8.30am to 11am by the Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Bureau together with the Western Police District and the Department of Health.   During the operation, 205 people’s test records were checked. Five of them were found to have violated the compulsory testing notice and were issued with a compulsory testing order.
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