June 16, 2024

Whoscall Philippines and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) have implored Filipinos to secure their devices from travel scams this summer. This effort aims to reinforce the Online Bantay Lakbay 2024 initiative.

Online Bantay Lakbay 2024 is an anti-travel scam movement led by Scam Watch Pilipinas, DICT, Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC), and the Special Action and Intelligence Committee for Transportation (SAICT).


Whoscall Philippines Country Head and Southeast Asia Regional Director of Gogolook, Mel Migriño, talks about online scammers’ modus operandi. It typically involves a blend of varying scams, including travel-related threats.

Mel Migriño said, “We need to separate genuine contacts from questionable numbers, especially when travel is involved. Whoscall’s responsibility is to assess incoming calls, to identify legitimate contacts and potential scam numbers.”

DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy emphasized the significance of their partnership with Whoscall, considering the current scenario of cyber fraud.

Ivan John Uy said, “Whoscall’s system can identify scammy or fraudulent text messages or messages received on platforms like WhatsApp and Viber.”

Whoscall is a defensive app against scams made by TrustTech company Gogolook. It helps identify legitimate contacts from suspicious ones during incoming calls. Moreover, it recognizes harmful links in SMS messages.

The integration of Whoscall with Viber and WhatsApp, according to Migriño, is beneficial. Users will be alerted about harmful numbers and links while using these messaging applications.

Migriño also highlighted Whoscall’s URL scanner which helps in avoiding scam-ridden websites.

“Simply scan the URL through the Whoscall app. Users are given a risk level for guidance when making online transactions.” she added.

Jocel de Guzman, Co-Founder and Co-Lead Convenor at Scam Watch Pilipinas, acknowledged the Whoscall application as the primary line of defense against dubious numbers and fraudulent websites. He said, “It constantly keeps devices vigilant against scam numbers, which is why it is part of our educational campaign against scams.”