WARNING! Mobile Scam Targets Jamaican Customers
Posted by Dwayne K. Smith
Early this morning I received an unusual SMS message from an overseas number:
We have an important message for you to know it call this number 0022455101651 free
Two things stood out at me that made me suspicious and thinking it was another scam brewing.
- It was an overseas number with a message not explicitly directed to me
- The poor grammar of the message and its vagueness
Later this evening I received a forwarded email that was initial sent to staff of a large local company, which sought to advise staff members of the new scam and how it is being carried out.
It was further stated that if the number is called you would be routed to an Automated Messaging Service advising you that you are the lucky winner of 1,000 Euros, and that you were selected from thousands of numbers in the database. The information you provide will be confidential and allow you to claim your cheque. The voice on the automated message also states, “This is no trick. It is merely a way to ensure you claim your prize.”
The caller is then prompted for personal information to include name, address and bank account details, to verify authenticity as well as to ensure the proper processing of prize winning cheque valued at 1,000 Euros.
Mobile scamming has been on the rise in recent times and has grown because unsuspecting persons have been falling prey. Please don’t be the next victim. Spread the word so your friends and family don’t become the next victims.