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SMS Phone Scams – How to be Aware
As smartphones become a primary way for Australians to access the internet, cyber-crime syndicates are turning their attention to mobile fraud — including through scam calls and SMS. Telstra is encouraging mobile users to be alert to attempts by scammers to defraud them of money or to trick them into disclosing personal information.
Scam text messages are another growing trend consumers should be aware of. Some common SMS tricks include texts promising unexpected prizes that require you to send money in order to claim them, and mysterious text messages that can cost you a lot of money if you reply to them.
Latest SMS scams:
• Congratulations! You were lucky. You have been chosen among 100 thousand people. You won a new iPad 2012 from us. http://ti7.in/61407242494
• Its last 15 minute to claim your iPad 2012 prize. You’ll lose your chance after 15 minutes. http://telstragift.in/61407242494
Tips to avoid SMS scams
• Never call a telephone number contained in a spam SMS.
• Look out for SMS and MMS numbers that start with 19xx. These are charged at a premium rate and can be expensive. Also look out for numbers that start with an international country code other than Australia (which is +61)
• Never reply to an SMS from a number or person you can’t identify (even to unsubscribe).
• Report SMS scams to the ACCC by calling 1300 795 995 or visiting the SCAMwatch website.
Extract from the Australian ScamWatch site.
Spam SMS can be reported to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).
The ACMA has made it easier to report spam SMS – simply forward the message to them! Their dedicated Spam SMS line is 0429 999 888; your mobile phone provider’s standard billing rates will apply. You can also register online(link is external) to make it easier for the Anti-Spam
Team to contact you if necessary.
• You can report a scam SMS to the ACCC via the report a scam page on SCAMwatch or by calling 1300 795 995.
Related SMS news
Did you know that since July 2010, you are able to opt out of receiving ‘mobile premium service’ content? Mobile premium services come in many forms such as ringtones, news, games or competitions. You usually have to pay more for this service than your standard SMS charges. Contact your phone service provider to stop receiving premium SMS.