How to Spot Scam Text Messages (SMS)
My mother just received an text message (SMS) telling that she had won US$3, 000, 000.
All excited, she called me and told me about it. I asked her to forward the message to me and few searches on Google reveal that it was a scam.
Here are the contents of the message:
“Your Mobile Number has WON you $3,000,000USD in the 2011 True Move Int’l Mobile Draws in Thailand. To claim, Email your PIN (TMCLTH-2011) to: email@example.com”
How I know this is a scam text message
- The most obvious giveaway is the email address. A genuine company would have used their own domain. An email like this when sent through a free web mail service is suspicious.
- My mother didn’t enter a draw so receiving this message was totally unsolicited. If you receive a message like this, out of the blue – be on guard! You have become the target of some con artists.
- However, if you think it’s legitimate and contact them then be on guard when the start asking for you to send some kind of fee. With a large amount already in their possession, diverting miscellaneous fees should be easy.
- If they also request private information from you then most likely it’s a scam.
If you have contacted them and already supplied your details, then contact your nearest bank branch and notify them that someone has your details and also notify the police.