July 10, 2009

International Mobile Promo: Beware of SMS Scams!

Internet is not a very safe place and you got to be very careful when it comes to leaving your details around. It is sad that people use internet, such a good thing to happen to human beings after invention of wheels I would say, for many things criminal. I have come to a point where I am thinking of deleting all my accounts from whatever sites I am using while I surf net.
Now, what is making me write this?
Every other day I receive one or two emails that declare me a winner of some fabulous lucky-dip that I never participated in. The moment I read 'lottery' or 'prize' on the subject line of an email, I know now that it is spam.I never even bother to read it. And I report it. So far spamming was restricted to emails. Now, it is all over the place. The other day I received this SMS from MO GCNPROMO.
CONGRAT! Your mobile number have won 425,000 GBP in WCN International Mobile Promo. For claim contact WCN @ Tel: +447014248947 & Email:-cellsglo@live.com
I'm sure spammers got my number as I was trying to use one of these net call facilities on Internet. I have tried four or five of them who offer "Computer to Phone" call facility. And I'm sure it's one of them who gave my number away. Either they sold it to a couple of Internet Thugs or they themselves did it. I accept I should have thought before I gave away my number to a site about whom I have no idea. But that's the way it is on internet and I can't really blame anybody.
I tried to see if there are people who got the similar messages. Google took me to a site that allowed people to record their complaints and what you see below is a snapshot of similar complaints registered on this site.
I am so excited about ways in which technology can be used for the good of the people. And I am so disgusted about how people can turn it around and use it for bad things. And I decide, I'll strictly adhere to the following in the future that these kind of people are not encouraged:
  • I'll not open or reply to any email that I think is spam and I'll report spam to the email service provider that I use.
  • I'll report an email spam if it is from a sender I don't know
  • I'll never give my email id to any of the sites that I don't trust. My trust is based on word of mouth. 
  • I'll never register my mobile number or email id with any of the newsletters that are around.
  • I'll never give my email id or password to any of the social community networks that asks me for such details to fetch my contact list
  • I'll report spam when ever I get them on the Chat Software Packages I use.
  • I'll never use any other software other than the software made available by the site whose chat  facility I am using. For example, I'll never access Google Talk or Yahoo! Messenger from any other site or software
  • I'll never visit porn sites that may send malicious code to my computer
  • I'll not use a software just because it is free. I'll double check it to see if the author can be trusted before I use it.
  • I'll change my passwords, at least once a month
  • I'll not use all the applications and widgets, just because they are on a site I trust because I know people collaborate with the sites to make them. 
I hope this way I'll be able to prevent spam to some extend. I really hope so!

22 comments:

  1. Have you been attacked by spammers, lately?

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  2. Hi, my name's gautam. even i got such sms thru number 9869936237 sayin my mobile no has won 625000 gbp. and to contact for claims on cellsglo@live.com.

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  3. hi, my name is sanjay kavishwar. i have also got sms that i have won 625,000 pounds in 2009 charity PROMO and to contact for claims on cellsglo@live.com

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  4. yeah i've also got a similar sms....
    nd i felt dat i was being punkdddd

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  5. sir, my name is TEJPAL. i have also got sms ON MY mobile no:-9935076924 in date13/10/2009 at time 7:11 pm your mobile number have won 625,000 pounds in 2009 charity international PROMO and to contact for claims on cellsglo@live.com please give me right direction

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  6. sir, my name is TEJPAL. i have also got sms ON MY mobile no:-9935076924 in date13/10/2009 at time 7:11 pm your mobile number have won 625,000 pounds in 2009 charity international PROMO and to contact for claims on cellsglo@live.com please give me right direction

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  7. SIR MY NAME IS UMESH K MANWANI, I GOT A SMS BY SAME WIN 62500000 GBP TO MY MO NO 9935080675 ;IS THAT WRIGHT R WRONG

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  8. Sir my name is Mr. Nandkishor mishra,
    Sir I got too a SMS on my mobile no- 9935084171 in date 13/10/2009 at time 07:10 pm that congratulates! your mobile number have won 625,000 Pound in 2009 CHARITY INTERNATIONAL MOBILE PROMO:- For Claims contect
    Email:
    cellsglo@live.com. So i request you to that give me right direction for it.,
    Thanking you

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  9. sir my name is wishnu landge sir i got too a sms on my mobile no 9561969227 in date 13/10/2009at time 18:57:10 that congrats your mobile no have won 625,000pounds in cvharity international mobile promo:-for claims contact
    email:
    cellsglo@live.com request confirm

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  10. sir my name is vishnu landge sir i got too a sms on my mobile no 9561969227 in date 13/10/2009at time 18:57:10 that congrats your mobile no have won 625,000pounds in cvharity international mobile promo:-for claims contact
    email:
    cellsglo@live.com request confirm

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  11. sir,my name is Laxmi Gupta my no:9935082707.I'm also Recive a massage in which written like as CONGRATES! YOUR MOBILE NUMBER HAVE WON 625,000 POUNDS IN 2009 CHARITY INTERNATIONAL MOBILEPROMO FOR CLAIMS CONTACT EMAIL:cellglo@live.com sir,any type of detail for this subject.please call me at 9935082707.
    THANKS

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  12. sir, my name is rajesh kumar my no :9887385184.i m also recive a massage in which written like as congrates,your mobile number won 750,000gb pounds in cwc communications mobile promo in date 24march 2010 at time 15:15:16 and contact for claim cwc Dr. jack bauer via email:cellsglo@live.com,please give me right direction


    march 25,2010

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  13. I also got one from +229 96862392 saying
    "Congratulations your mobile number has won the sum of ?250,000GBP in this year Google Promo for claim call +447024079516 or email: googlesecurity@discuz.org...lol would have been more believable if they actually had decent grammar in the SMS

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  14. fu*k ur ass man whosoever is sending such message.

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  16. my name is nikhil kiri. and i got the messsage on my mobile number 9825220203 as to i hve won mac-donalds yearly mobile promo and for claim i need to contact mrs.nina myers and email cellsglo@live.com so what should i do

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  17. bhen chod jaada mat kar

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  18. u mother fuckker
    b in ur limit
    dont frouad
    i will fuck ur mother , wife , ur daughter
    u got it

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  19. received an email that read" YOUR MOBILE NO WON 550,000 POUNDS IN THE ONGOING ALPHA-TELECOMS INTL MOBILE PROMO IN UK TO CLAIM SEND NAME AND ADDRESS IN AN EMAIL TO claimalpha.live.co IT CAME FROM 375297770762

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  21. Got this same attempted scam at 07:59 AM on Wednesday 29 December 2010; hope that helps someone track it down. My mobile was posted when I was selling a car recently. I got a scam for that too - sight unseen offer to purchase, 'We'll pay you via PayPal" (but the receipt they send is bogus, and includes a $500 'overpayment' which you are to pay to the car-transporting company. Consumer Affairs (?) said it was probably Nigerian, that the Nigerian govt had been notified, and that the problem persists.

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  22. I have got sms ON MY mobile no:-+905338413579 in date 26/06/2011 at time 12:37 pm YOUR MOBILE NOHAVE WON 550,000 GBP IN THE INTL MOBILE PROMO IN UK,SEND YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS THROUGH EMAIL TO yourprize@live.co.uk TO CLAIM

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