The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), via its attached agency the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC), is considering limiting the number of SIMs that can be registered to a person, according to the CICC chief on Tuesday.

The proposition follows the proliferating cases of text scams in the country, amid full implementation of the SIM Card Registration law.

Finding abnormality in having more than five SIM cards per person, Undersecretary Alexander Ramos is looking to impose a four to five SIM card limit for each individual.

Telcos, however, are proposing a maximum of 10 SIM cards per person, citing the number as “reasonable.”

Currently in the works with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the proposition is seeking to add constraints to the implementing rules and regulations of the SIM Card Registration Act in the coming months.

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Ramos said that they have their eyes set on persons who made bulk registrations, highlighting an abuse of the system. For example, they were able to detect a single user who managed to register as many as 600 SIM cards to their name.

In the case that any of the registered SIMs was used in a scam, Ramos said that they would automatically tag the person as part of a criminal syndicate.

Ramos is urging the public to take part in the campaign against scammers and phishers by vigilantly reporting any such cases by calling CICC’s hotline number 1326.

As of now, however, CICC has only managed to receive 3,000 complaints.

Of the overall 168 million SIMs in the country, 113 million were said to have been registered, as of July 30, 2023.

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