Mobile Text Spamming

Mobilnk Jazz has just recently introduced credit sharing facility; inviting spammers (or should i say opportunists)??

Since, Mobilink people are, luckily, not in a habit of spamming their customers with this offer and that offer messages like UFone. Many may not be knowing of this credit offer just introduced.

This morning I got a message from a UFone number (+92-330-6368507) stating;

Mobilink is celebrating his 11th birthday, get Mobilink Gift. Dialing this code *100*923076682451*66# your balance will double.

from www.mobilink.com

Exactly in the same fashion a month or so back, I got this call(telenor number) from a person speaking Punjabi-tinted Urdu. First he narrated some kahani claiming I’ve won a 100,000 Rs lottery. I just have to confirm my SIM number’s last few digits. He’ll call me again to take my whereabouts info. I gave him a cold shoulder; he never called again – the SIM number didn’t match either ;-)

Is PTA taking any steps to shun this activity?? I wonder how many follies fell prey to these gimmicks everyday??

10 Comments so far

  1. Inspirex (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

    Seriously…..someone sent you this message to snatch balance from you.

    Call PTA, give them the number and file a complaint. Also call Mobilink, telling them of this.

    I remember at one point of time when Ufone introduced sharing, i got these messages from all sorts of places. My brothers got multiples. I complained to the Ufone helpline, and they thanked me then, and actually called back later to thank me again!

    They didnt know someone was doing this. What they also did, was block the number that was doing the activity, thet blocked the balance target number and said that they would also refund people that have been defrauded in this manner by this number.

    oh and 0330 is not a ufone code!
    http://mobilinkgsm.com/jazz/jazz_share.php

    this might be of some reference too.


  2. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

    Thanks Inspirex for a detailed comment here.

    Yup, a modern way to Snatching (robbing) of credit.

    So many new mobile codes have come that its hard to figure out who is who, I googled and 0330 is I think a Paktel number.

    I’ll contact PTA and Mobilink for sure. (maybe they’ll refund my loss too, err ;-))


  3. Inspirex (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 1:17 pm

    They should refund your loss…..but you should have been smart enough to see the message syntax :P
    its being advertised widely on the media as the jazz share thing :P

    good luck!


  4. Inspirex (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 1:19 pm

    oh and dont give your sim numbers digits either..
    the guy probably has a connection in the HLR and maybe able to replicate your sim.
    so while you load balance, he consumes it :P


  5. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 1:20 pm

    Oh didn’t I mentioned I never went for doubling my credit … I know these tactics and I knew about the credit transferral offer by Jazz too :-)

    I meant the refunding of loss that never took place ;-)


  6. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 1:25 pm

    Exactly!! Never give you SIM number or personal information to such fraudulent talkers ever.

    I don’t know if its naivety or foolishness; people do give important personal information in greed of few bucks.

    I won’t be surprised if people dont respond to e-mails like Maryam Abacha wants you to be the handler of all her properties and accounts worth 10 Bn USD :-)

    Beware people Beware!!


  7. binary-zero (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 1:51 pm

    @AFPA: don’t tell me you did that what he said in SMS :-O , on Warid,Telenor these spamming started way back when they started credit sharing, as Jazz is now a days advertising this service – result are these messages.


  8. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 1:53 pm

    No I didnt … NO NO No … :|


  9. Ramla A. (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

    WARNING:

    A most hazardous scam for cellphone users: getting them to call back or SMS an unknown number, which activates a mobile-activated bomb.

    Here’s how it’s done: a call or SMS invites the user to call back another number or send SMS to it. The ploy is that “You have won an award – or you applied for XYZ information from this bank, scheme, agency, etc. Call back on number 0000000 to get further info/ claim your prize.” OR, you get missed calls, etc., and call back in curiosity.

    Calling/ SMSing the number can activate a cell-activated bomb. So DO NOT accept unknown calls or call back suspicious numbers. PTA hasn’t yet got clear records of cellphone users, and there are many criminals out there.

    Benazir’s convoy was using cell-jamming equipment to ensure cellphones were not being used to detonate bombs, it’s not a scare story. It’s possible to detonate a bomb that way, or even to get an innocent user to call back any number for a criminal footprint. I.e. your number could be on the call record of a criminal/ terrorist.


  10. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on October 29th, 2007 @ 3:01 pm

    Thanks Ramla for the comment. It’s Horrendous :-\



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