The mobile version of the famous 419
IMPORTANT UPDATE : Such kind of
Messages STRICTLY PROHIBITED:
Congrats Your Mobile number has won $350,000 USD on
the on going 2009 INTL Heineken Light Award. To claim contact Mrs. Linda
Jones on firstname.lastname@example.org
CONGRATULATIONS!!! YOUR MOBILE HAS WON 150,000 POUNDS FOR(SHELL)INTL
MOBILE DRAW HELD ON 12/6/2009.CONTACT DR.MAXWELL EMAIL:ID,email@example.com
WARNING: Nowadays, in india, some
foreigners, particularly Nigerians & UK based people are sending the
faudulent & scam like messages, SMS mentioning `YOUR MOBILE HAS WON
150,000 POUNDS`by refering reputed companies. If you have received such
message then please ignore it & do not respond to such messages.
Other related information about
these SMS scams.
Statement: SMS Scam
It has recently come to our attention that an
SMS scam is in operation in India, purporting to be endorsed and
supported by some world renowned companies.
This scam falsely claims that they have selected the recipient mobile
number out of thousands of phone numbersand that they have won a prize
of £700,000 or big amount like this. The sender then requires the
recipient disclose personal information via email or SMS or phone with
their personal information like NAME, ADDRESS & PHOTo ID CARD and then
once the documents are sent they will ask you to deposite some money for
e.g. £630 as other charges before the prize can be collected.
In the case of the Advance Fee scam, you would be asked for personal
information, possibly a scan of your passport or drivers license (Which
may be misused again for any such crime or scam). You may also be asked
for your banking details too. This seemingly insignificant data can lead
to Identity Theft. However, once getting through that stage, you will be
asked to pay a fee. The fee may be for taxes, clearance, insurance...
whatever. THAT is the scam, and if you pay, you loose.
We strongly discourages recipients to disclose personal information
and/or the sending of money to this organization.
Also the other face of such scam is as given below.
“Unsolicited fraudulent SMS’s are being sent to various subscribers
informing them that they have won a prize and need to call an
international number to collect their prize. When calls are made to the
number in the text message the people are billed a high amount (upto Rs
500 per minute). People are cautioned not to respond to such SMS’s”
We strongly recommends that those who receive messages on these alleged
lotteries, prize draws or job offers do NOT open any documents attached
to those messages, do NOT respond in any way to such messages received
and hence do NOT give any personal information or bank details.
Here is one of the recent news on SMS lottery fraud unearthed by Mumbai
India - Mumbai -SMS LOTTERY FRAUD
Two more fooled by Nigerian SMS
scam, lose Rs 5L
V Narayan, TNN
25 May 2009
MUMBAI: The Powai police has been approached by two more victims of the
infamous `Nigerian scam'. They received an SMS saying they had won a
prize and were asked to pay Rs 5 lakh each to claim it
According to the police, the victims reported that they received am SMS
similar to the one that the income tax official, Ajaykumar Singh (38),
had received last month. Based on Singh's complaint, Powai police had
arrested one Marcus Bruno alias Chinedu Okuwzor, a Nigerian national, on
May 18. Okuwzor had come to Mumbai from Delhi to collect another Rs 10
lakh from Singh for further processing of documents to claim the prize.
After the arrest of Okuwzor, the Powai police learnt about the
involvement of four others, including a woman. "The arrested accused and
the four wanted in the fraud are Nigerian nationals. Okuwzor claimed to
be a marketing representative with the Nigerian high commission at New
Delhi. He succeeded in getting Rs 5.6 lakh from Singh in four
instalments on the pretext of processing documents and securing other
clearances from the UK government. Senior inspector Rajdoot Rupwate said
the victims hail from middle-class families and even took loans to pay
Rs 5 lakh.
Rupwate said, "We are soon going to inform mobile service providers and
warn them about the leakage of their customers' contact details. We
found that the accused got the cellphone numbers through a direct sales
agent (DSA) whom the accused paid a commission.''
Inspector Ashok Jadhav said with the help of IT experts they managed to
crack Okuwzors mail ID and found detailed information about several
people who might have fallen prey to the SMS. "At present, our focus is
to nab the four other accused, who are believed to be in New Delhi,