Its not all about money
I remember receiving a promotional text message on my cell from NAB, somewhere in Dec 2007. It was Anti Corruption Day, I think. The sender showed a name “NAB”, and the message preview in my cell was only able to show two words “Corruption You …”. I, like anybody else, got a bit amazed on receiving a text message from NAB starting with the word “Corruption” :) Anyway, I went on to read the message, and it was something on the lines of, “Corruption, your NO counts … “. I was like, “Where did these NAB guys got my number from?” with no obvious answer.
Then it was Jan 2008 when I received a promotional text message from Bonanza, telling that SALE on Bonanza Sweaters was on, and I should not miss this opportunity etc. This time it was from some Warid number.
And a couple of days back it was some web portal using GEO in their name (and they were not GEO TV), advertising their website, right on my cell.
I was wondering that how come such spammers get my, or anybody’s for that matter, cell number. It can’t be easy- load guys, as I don’t remember any such instance when I did easy-load on this number. The first thing that struck my mind was “banks”.
I have been giving my number to banks in account/credit card applications. And I believe they would have plenty of these. Reason for this first hit was that sometime back I received a call from some bank’s sales-rep and he was kind enough to tell me my exact gross salary. I was like WHAT??? How come you know it? To which he was a little puzzled. “We have sources”, he said. And on a bit of bullshitting he disclosed that banks share such information. The next thing was the franchise I purchased this number from. They might have sold the numbers’ list to these guys. And I continued thinking who the real culprit can be?
However, whoever that was, does business ethics allow such things? Can a bank, or any business for that matter, disclose its customers’ confidential information and make money out of it? How shameful a mean to make money from. I don’t know why but somehow we have kept the ethics and moral values aside. We want to make money; whatever it takes. From smaller businesses to larger businesses, all alike, in the same direction. We have stopped realizing that, although money is an important factor in an individual’s day-to-day matters, but its not all about it. There are things much more valuable and worth exhausting all our means for.
O my Lord! Help my people.