I got this message from the PR agency of Union Bank of the Philippines requesting for the publication of the bank’s statement about the article that came in the Technews section of the Manila Bulletin titled, Anatomy of the SMS scam offering high-paying part-time jobs, published on November 24, 2021, https://mb.com.ph/2021/11/24/anatomy-of-the-sms-scam-offering-high-paying-part-time-jobs/.
If you get a text message offering you a job with a wa.me link, beware. It’s a scam. The domain wa.me is owned by WhatsApp and used for the app’s “click to chat” feature. It allows users to begin a chat session with anybody without having their phone number saved in the user’s phone’s address book.” Using https://wa.me/ plus a phone number, anybody could just send this link via email, messenger, or SMS. When the recipient clicks it, WhatsApp will open and automatically initiate a chat with the number from the link.