Have you ever been scammed through text?
Today at this very point received a text message from someone named Atty. Jonathan B. Corpos of “D’Auditor of Philippine Charity Foundation” saying:
(Congrats)!Ur SIMcard# won Php.800,000. 2nd prize winner draw last night. To claim ur prize, pls call me now! I’m Atty. JONATHAN B. CORPOS,/from.D’Auditor of Phil’s Charity Foundation)Per DTI#5247serof2010.
So, why is this text obviously a scam?
- It uses a “normal” number. “Legitimate SMS promos will always course through telecommunication companies’ short codes, 3- or 4-digit numbers provided by the carrier, not the usual mobile number format (eg: 905-700-4388).”
- The copy needs some work. Honestly, would you take a text message coming from “D’AUTHORS of PHIL. CHARITY FOUNDATION” seriously?
- You never entered such a promo. Think about it: how can you win something that you’ve never participated in?
- Lack of claiming instructions. Valid announcements of winners will always featured detailed instructions on how to claim the prize, and not just simple instructions to call so-and-so.
No matter how tempting, we should never give in to the temptations offered by text scams. Unless you want to accidentally give out personal information that can be exploited.