How To Identify A Scam SMS

A few days ago, a customer called in complaining that he sent an sms that was not delivered and yet his account was charged more than the normal sms charge.

After investigating this we discovered that he sent out his sms with the 'MTN N' Sender ID.

Now here's what happens when you send your sms with this type of Sender ID:

  1. MTN blocks messages like this from third party gateways like ours and will not deliver it.
  2. We have configured our systems to heavily bill Sender IDs of this kind (as a deterrent to spammers and scammers) so we don't get blacklisted by the network operators as a Spam network.

 

What To Do When You Receive A Scam SMS

- IGNORE IT!

Here's an example of one of such scam messages:

Your Cell NO.Has made 70,000.Pounds in the ongoing BBC metro detroit score NO:To DEMAND send your name,Mobile to email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Is it possible to REAP from where you did not SOW? Obviously not!

When you receive an sms about an offer you never took part of or subscribed to, ignore it. It is GREED that makes people fall for SCAM Offers!

Looking at the example above, (that's if you still decide to act on the offer), some key questions to ask should be:

  1. Does the BBC run a mobile network?
  2. Since the BBC already have my phone number and contacted me through it, why will they ask me to send it again via an email?
  3. Does the email address they said I should send my details to, look like a branded BBC email address? Big companies use branded email address like This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. etc. and not a local email service like outlook.com.
  4. Did I take part in any BBC Metro Detroit game or competition?

If you are still in doubt, call the customer service of your Mobile Network.

 

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