Fake SMS Scams are on rise in last few months. Fraudsters are mass spamming mobile users with fake messages claiming that they have won some Lottery or Lucky Draw from UK. Below are some of the scam messages:
BT.UK: YOUR GSM NO.HAS WON 500,000GBP IN BTELECOM INT’L MOBILE DRAW TO CLAIM, SEND MOBILE NO,NAME AND ADDRESS TO EMAIL:[email protected] TEL:+447014234932.
LOTTERY WON 500,000 GBP. MOBILE NO WAS ATTACHED TO LOTTERY NO (01)(14)(25)(33)(34)(43) DRAW NO 1597.CONTACT JACK BERNARD(+447017037899) EMAIL ID [email protected]
Congrates:Your mobile No Has Won GBP750,000 Pounds in 2011 Espn Star Cricket Anniversary T-Mobile Draw Held in UK. Contact us By E-mail: [email protected]
GOOD NEWS!! YOU HAVE WON 550,000 GBPICC CRICKET BONANZA PROMO 2011 IN UK, WON#3M TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE CONTACT MRS. LISA EMAIL: [email protected] +447010046273
YOU HAVE GOT 450000,00 IN ICC CRICKET WORLD FORTUNE PROGRAMME.TO GET YOUR PAYMENT SEND EMAIL US [email protected]
YOU HAVE GOT 700000.00 IN ONGOING IRISH CONTEST 2011. TO GET YOUR PAYMENT PLEASE SEND YOUR DETAILS US ON ( [email protected] )
YOU HAVE AWARDED 500,000 BRITISH POUNDS IN OUR COCA-COLA MOBILE DRAW TO CLAIM SEND NAME, MOBILE NO, SEX, AGE, UR EMAIL, RESIDENT ADDRESS TO THE VIA EMAIL: [email protected], +447017034188
User is asked to send his personal details on the specified email address. On receipt of email with information like contact number, address from the user, they call the user from mobile number seemingly originate from UK to inform that next day their diplomat will come to Delhi Airport with demand draft of the mentioned amount. On the next day they ask user to pay amount (INR 8000 to INR 25000) required for legal processing or custom clearance charges and settlement charges at airport. They provide Bank accounts from Nationalized Banks which are traced to North East states of India. The These Nationalized banks are slow to respond to such complaints which take months to freeze the account used by fraudsters.
Mobile numbers used for fake calling are traced back to Delhi. Lack of co-operation amongst Cyber Crime Investigating agencies across India, lethargy of mobile operators in having Security measures to stop such SMS messages, slow operations of nationalized banks are giving upper hand to fraudsters in running their operations smoothly.
Users are advised not to reply to such SMS messages and emails and fall victims to these Social Engineering traps.
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