Install Hiya app to block unwanted calls, ministry suggests

The Home Office issued a public service announcement warning against fraudulent phone calls earlier this month. MINISTER OF THE INTERIOR

The Department of Information Technology (ITD) of the Ministry of Interior informed the public on how to defend themselves using the Hiya: Spam Phone Call Blocker application, with the ability to automatically block numbers suspected of spamming. scams.

These scam numbers can sometimes cost people large sums of money in mobile credit if they return phone calls to them.

The ad warns Cambodians that repeated spam calls from international numbers were being made to Cambodians as part of a callback scam that tricks people into calling an international premium rate number (IPRN), costing them the money.

The ITD told the public that to defend against the calls they had to block the numbers of these unwanted callers, but the violators then simply tried again using new numbers to disguise themselves.

The ITD task force has determined that to defend against this fraudulent activity, users should install an application that can determine which numbers are spam and block them automatically.

“Hiya: Spam Phone Call Blocker is gaining popularity because this app accesses a database that already contains 287 million suspected spam phone numbers.

“The app can help the user by blocking these phone numbers. It can be installed on mobile phones with iOS and Android by searching for Hiya in official app stores,” the ITD announced.

The ITD added that the ringback or one-time ring scam is a technique to steal money from victims’ mobile phone accounts using a service called IPRN.

Organized criminal networks have purchased IPRN services from telephone companies to gain access to IPRN numbers.

They then make automated phone calls to phone users around the world. These callers are usually programmed to ring once and then hang up for users to call them back, which costs a lot of money compared to a normal long distance call due to their IPRN number.

Director of the National Police’s Cybercrime Department, Chea Pov, told the Post on March 22 that the department had recently discovered that much of this fraudulent activity had taken place.

He said that based on their preliminary research, it was definitely a recall scam. Victims had to use their own phone numbers to forward phone calls to certain foreign countries, resulting in unusually high charges to their accounts.

The anti-cybercrime department has asked all citizens not to make phone calls to overseas numbers they don’t recognize.

They also warned that if they receive messages about winning rewards, buys or sells at less than market value, please do not respond as these are just another version of the same scam being committed by organized criminals.

In addition to this long-distance phone call scam, the Anti-Cybercrime Department Task Force recently received reports of scams by people in Cambodia that take a similar form.

The scammers had sent a message to the victims telling them that the victim had won a cash prize from a local bank and they asked the victim to top up $10 to another phone account in order to get it back. They then provide them with a phone number to call – supposedly that of a bank executive – to discuss their price afterwards, the ITD said.

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