SINGAPORE - Recipients of SMSes from organisations that have not signed up with a registry by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) will see the text message labelled as “likely scam” from Jan 31.
In a move to tackle the scam scourge here, IMDA announced that all organisations that send SMSes using alphanumeric sender IDs are required to register with the Singapore SMS Sender ID Registry (SSIR).
“This registration is to better protect consumers against non-registered SMSes that may be scams,” said IMDA on Wednesday.
It added that consumers who receive SMSes labelled as “likely scam” should exercise caution as the system functions similarly to a spam bin.
If they are unsure, consumers are encouraged to check with family and friends.
IMDA said that all organisations that use alphanumeric sender IDs, which typically contain brand names and may carry a mix of both letters and numbers, should register early with the SSIR.
Those that have yet to register are advised to do so, the authority added.
As at January, over 1,200 organisations, including financial institutions, e-commerce operators, logistics providers, and small and medium-sized enterprises, using a total of more than 2,600 SMS sender IDs, have registered.
IMDA said it has reached out to organisations through aggregators and associations, such as the Singapore Business Federation, Singapore International Chamber of Commerce and Association of Banks in Singapore, to encourage them to sign up with the SSIR.
“The new mandatory SSIR regime forms part of an ongoing multi-layered approach to strengthen protection against scams. This has been done with the telecom operators to systemically reduce scam calls and SMS coming through the communication networks,” said IMDA.
After the SSIR was set up in March 2022, Singapore saw a 64 per cent reduction i...