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I received a spam msg early hours of this morning to my mobile saying I'd won 2million and to email [email protected] The msg came though not like a normal text and I could click cancel or sav… Read More
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10m, 1w agoPosted 10 months, 1 week ago
I received a spam msg early hours of this morning to my mobile saying I'd won 2million and to email [email protected]
The msg came though not like a normal text and I could click cancel or save I clicked cancel but took a screenshot first (will upload a photo) just wondering how this spammer would have got my number?
Goggled it seems to be a known scam.
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10m, 1w agoPosted 10 months, 1 week ago
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#1
They probably just spam random numbers in the hope they get a response.
#2
other than the scammer who else knows your number? because more than likely they will have got it from them
#3
Delete all your contacts and get a new phone number as soon as you can!

Regards

Anthony
#4
shauneco is correct. The spammer usually doesn't know the number and isn't targeting specific numbers. A simple program is written to wrap a message and auto generated numbers in SMS blocks and forward the block to SMS gateways.

Edited By: ElliottC on Sep 11, 2016 12:49: Highlighted the word "usually" for those who are
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ElliottC
shauneco is correct. The spammer usually doesn't know the number and isn't targeting specific numbers. A simple program is written to wrap a message and auto generated numbers in SMS blocks and forward the block to SMS gateways.
so all these organisations who have lost your personal data or have had their servers hacked or those people who sell on to scammers good quality contacts - we dont need to worry about them then? And all the physical junk mail that gets addressed to you that is just random is it? Funny how all these scammers know your name also isnt it?

Far too many people enter their mobile phone number on web sites that are not secure and it is far too easy for employees of some companies to steal this date and put to mis-use.
All scams should be reported on the Action Fraud website. Go to: www.actionfraud.police.uk.


Edited By: tardytortoise on Sep 11, 2016 12:21: extra info
#6
tardytortoise
Funny how all these scammers know your name also isnt it?

Are you saying that emails titled "Enlarge your manhood" are sent specifically to you personally?

Edited By: ElliottC on Sep 11, 2016 12:42
#7
Just ignore. I am getting messages about HMRC refund once a week and ignore it. No much harm done. Just delete.
#8
It's not hard to get your name and address, simple google search will give you that.
These are just programs that make up hundreds of numbers and send texts in bulk and hopefully about of a thousand sent in a day they get a few that will pay. I get texts saying I've been in a accident, just ignore them.

Funnily enough, just watching the Simpsons where homer has an auto dialler!!

Edited By: richje100 on Sep 11, 2016 17:54: Update

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