Heard about spam, junk emails which claims that you won million dollars over a night ? I have this blog entry here explaining these sorta unsolicited/hoax emails. Well this time outta usual i was spammed on my mobile with a spam text message (SMS). One could have ignored it for the first time, but if you be the paranoid then you can see how much bad this bring to you. The sms reads as:
!!Urgent!Your number has been selected for a $5,000 prize guaranteed! To claim your prize call +447559052432
It was sent from a SMS gateway and that is why i see the Message Sender as “Urgent”. First i thought of ignoring this SMS, but later on i realized i should report this spam sms to help my government, especially after the mumbai attacks. But then i couldn’t build the courage to do so, as in india everyone is aware of the law & order system. I do not know about the senders of this SMS, but i will be in trouble for no reason but just to help India.
I discussed it with my friends at office and one of the paranoid guy told me that if you call on that number they gonna clone your IMEI and then give a terror/hoax calls and you the one who will be put in question.
Later on discussed it with TwilightFairy and she gave me a sorta relevant answer, that if i call on this number then i can be charged on different pulse rate and the benefit goes to the senders of that sms. That might be the revenue model for their business 😀
But they put a realistic amount of $5,000 and sometimes compel people to believe that the SMS is legit. But trust me guys this is all hoax. Just a question, you did not do anything anywhere and how suddenly you gonna get $5,000 outta blue ?
So be Scam Smart, dont let yourself go down with these sorta hoax sms,emails or calls. Be vigilant !!
Tanay MathpalDecember 26, 2008 at 2:14 pm
Yeah, very true. i too face this problem of SMS Spam a lot these days. It can be dangerous if the person concerned is not alert.
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The RealinDecember 26, 2008 at 4:59 pm
yeah and we need to spread the word 🙂
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