If you receive a SMS text message similar to the one below, do yourself a favour and don’t respond. Should you respond one of two or both of the following will happen.
First of all, often the number you dial may be a recording referring you to another number which happens to be to a premium rate number and you will be charged on a per minute basis for the call and these fees can be quite hefty. In this case the actual call back number is a premium rate number.
Secondly, should you actually furnish the information requested, you could expose yourself to a number of other scams involving identity theft, advance payments fees and other types of fraud. Don’t get baited by these fraudsters.
Graeme Wearden offers some helpful hints on how to detect and avoid SMS scams.
mssage from cel # 09094317035, dated 01-24-08 at 12:58 am, saying congrats!ur cel# had won worth 800,000.00+N70 Celphone/thru electronic raffle draw frm Phil. Charity Foundation>During our 50th annvrsary/last 01>01>08/Send ur Name,Age&add>DTI-NCR PERMIT#4770/SecReg.#A-1970101568/4more info’s how to claim!pls call now Atty. Eduardo C.javier
I guess these idiots can’t read. Check out the comment below from Atty. Venus A. Ayala. There is dumb, dumber and dumbest. Guess where aka Venus A. Ayala falls?
UPDATE To UPDATE:
Please remember that 090 numbers are premium numbers. Don’t bother calling them unless you want to waste your money. You will be charged for these calls. Of course, if you want to talk to a bonified scammer go ahead.
Naturally, I am referring to the ones you receive in this type of email.