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02-05-2012, 18:29   #1
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Dodgy Text Message Received

I received the following text message today and was wondering did anyone else get this scam text yet?

Your Mobile Number has won £900,000.00GBP in the Apple iPhone Survey. Send Claim Code (7482920) to email:iphoneinc1@aol.co.uk

It came from this number :00 353 (86) 857 1663
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02-05-2012, 18:34   #2
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Got it about a week and a half ago. Just ignored it. I'm sure Apple will be in touch via E-Mail to confirm my winnings in due course

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02-05-2012, 19:54   #3
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance-fee_fraud

Delete it and don't respond to it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advance...d#SMS_messages
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A recent (mid 2011) innovation is the use of a Premium Rate 'call back' number (instead of a web site or email) in the SMS. On calling the number, the victim is first reassured that 'they are a winner' and then subjected to a long series of instructions on how to collect their 'winnings'. During the message there will be frequent instructions to 'ring back in the event of problems'. The call is always 'cut off' just before the victim has the chance note all the details. Some victims call back multiple times in an effort to collect all the details. The scammer thus makes their money out of the fees charged for call.
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02-05-2012, 23:49   #4
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Set up an email account and email it and see what happens next.

Just out of curiosity do you have an iPhone?
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Set up an email account and email it and see what happens next.

Just out of curiosity do you have an iPhone?
Yeah I have a 4S why?
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03-05-2012, 12:24   #6
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Just wondering if the spammers are just taking a punt that the user may have an iPhone or have some database of iPhone users that they have acquired from somewhere.
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The whole SMS thing needs urgent regulation. It's starting to get really out of hand.
I know too many stories of people responding to things and discovering that they've been opted into subscription services without their explicit consent.

Don't reply anyway - delete the message and monitor your inbox for anything coming from strange 5XXXX numbers.
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Your Mobile Number has won £900,000.00GBP in the Apple iPhone Survey. Send Claim Code (7482920) to email:iphoneinc1@aol.co.uk
The aol.co.uk address is the big giveaway there anyway. Aside from the 900,000 obviously
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The whole SMS thing needs urgent regulation. It's starting to get really out of hand.
I know too many stories of people responding to things and discovering that they've been opted into subscription services without their explicit consent.

Don't reply anyway - delete the message and monitor your inbox for anything coming from strange 5XXXX numbers.
Just got hit with this today. Just got a text from 57030 to say i subscribed to mobvids for a sign up fee off 2 x 250 euro and 4x250 euro per week.
I've been around long enough to know better to enter my number in to any site.

So been on to o2 comreg and the people Zamano who sent the text. So all in all I got hit for about 15 euro ringing theses numbers to see how they got my number and try and sort it out.
Scam at its best.
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Just got hit with this today. Just got a text from 57030 to say i subscribed to mobvids for a sign up fee off 2 x 250 euro and 4x250 euro per week.
I've been around long enough to know better to enter my number in to any site.

So been on to o2 comreg and the people Zamano who sent the text. So all in all I got hit for about 15 euro ringing theses numbers to see how they got my number and try and sort it out.
Scam at its best.
Did you click on any ad banners or use any mobile apps recently?
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Did you click on any ad banners or use any mobile apps recently?
Honestly the only thing I click on was a link on Twitter but I never put my number in. As soon as I click on the link I got the text message. So I'm not sure if there allow to do this.
They must have some sort of software to captured your number as soon as you hit the link.
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there random was on live 95fm talking about it
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Honestly the only thing I click on was a link on Twitter but I never put my number in. As soon as I click on the link I got the text message. So I'm not sure if there allow to do this.
They must have some sort of software to captured your number as soon as you hit the link.
Interesting - hold onto that tweet if you can. Was it from someone you know? Do you have the link that was sent and have you tried it on a desktop. I think I may have got a similar tweet this week but I blocked the user before checking out the link.
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I was watching clips on goals using my iPhone. Twitter open up an external link on which I click on see more goals. Less then 10 seconds I got a message saying I sign up for the service never did i enter my number.
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04-05-2012, 09:39   #15
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i'm confused. I got the same exact text from a different phone number.

Funny because I got exactly the same message but from a different phone number. It was 00353868644215. Could they be one big group of scammers using different phone numbers to perpetrate a scam?
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