In an era where a simple incoming call can bring both anticipation and anxiety, the launch of Whoscall in the Philippines comes as a beacon of hope for individuals plagued by the relentless onslaught of scam calls and fraudulent messages. With the official launch event held on August 22, 2023, at the New World Hotel in Makati City, Whoscall sets its sights on establishing a Scam-Free Pilipinas, bringing together experts, influencers, and concerned citizens to combat the escalating threat of scams.
The Scourge of Scam Calls: A Growing Concern
For many Filipinos, the ringing of an unknown number has evolved into a distressing predicament, fraught with uncertainty. The rising tide of scam calls and unsolicited messages has left individuals not only perturbed but also vulnerable to losing their hard-earned money to crafty fraudsters. Livelihoods have been shattered, and savings have evaporated due to the nefarious tactics of scammers who constantly adapt and innovate.
Enter Whoscall: A Comprehensive Solution
Whoscall, a leading app renowned for its call identification and spam-blocking capabilities, arrives in the Philippines armed with an arsenal of AI-driven features and a global reputation for excellence. Its primary objective is to empower users with the tools to identify unknown callers, shield themselves from spam calls, and scrutinize suspicious URLs within messages, thus fortifying their mobile security.
The Launch Event: Advocating for a Scam-Free Pilipinas
The launch event, held in collaboration with cybersecurity experts, policymakers, and prominent personalities who’ve encountered scams firsthand, echoed a resounding call for action. Esteemed figures like Karen Davila, an award-winning broadcast journalist, Gian Vetorbo (known as the “Geeky Tech Dad”), and Aileen Montalbo, a youth leader and influencer, shared their insights and experiences. The event not only highlighted the gravity of the scam issue but also proposed collective measures to counter this growing menace.
Gian Viterbo articulated, “Maraming kababayan nating OFW ang nawalan ng ipon dahil naloko ng scammers. Huwag nating hayaang mangyari ito sa iba pa.” Aileen Montalbo emphasized that these scams are not mere inconveniences; they compromise our security and daily lives. The sentiment was echoed by event host Gelli Victor, a prominent newscaster and fitness professional, who revealed her own encounters with phishing attacks.
Understanding the Urgency
Colonel Joey Fontiveros of the Philippine Army and Undersecretary Alexander K. Ramos from the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center emphasized the increasingly sophisticated methods scammers employ. This underscores the timeliness of Whoscall’s entry into the country, equipped with cutting-edge intelligence to counter these evolving threats.
Empowerment through Whoscall
Whoscall empowers users by restoring control and confidence in their phone communications. Its anti-fraud features facilitate informed decision-making regarding calls and messages. Furthermore, users can actively participate in the fight against fraud by reporting suspicious numbers, thereby contributing to a broader movement against fraudulent activities.
The Vision Behind Whoscall
Gogolook, the brains behind Whoscall, explained that witnessing the devastating impact of scams on Filipinos during and post-pandemic was a driving force behind launching the app in the Philippines. Drawing parallels to its success in countries like Thailand, Malaysia, and Japan, Whoscall aims to be a comprehensive life protection platform accessible to all Filipinos.
A Legacy of Excellence
Whoscall’s supremacy lies in its utilization of state-of-the-art AI and data-driven technology. Boasting a colossal database of over 2.6 billion entries, Whoscall detects unknown callers, spam, scam calls, and harmful URLs. Its accolades include the Best App award on the App Store in 2015 and Best App and Best Innovation awards on Google Play in 2013 and 2016. These accomplishments have led to partnerships with international law enforcement agencies, government bodies, and private sectors.
A United Stand Against Scams
In his concluding statement, Gabriel Barrios, Country Marketing Head for the Philippines, urged the nation to unite and protect themselves from the perils of scams. With Whoscall now accessible on both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store, Filipinos are encouraged to download the app, join the community, and collectively strive for a Scam-Free Pilipinas.
As Whoscall enters the Philippine market, it brings with it not just cutting-edge technology but also the promise of a safer and more secure digital landscape. With the power of Whoscall in their hands, Filipinos can take back control of their communication devices and pave the way for a future where scams are nothing but a distant memory.