Fake SMS scams are on the rise over the last few months. Fraudsters are mass spamming mobile users with fake messages claiming that they have won some lottery or lucky draw from the UK. Below are some of the scam messages:
BT.UK: YOUR GSM NO. HAS WON 500,000GBP IN BTELECOM INT’L MOBILE DRAW TO CLAIM, SEND MOBILE NO,NAME AND ADDRESS TO EMAIL:firstname.lastname@example.org TEL:+447014234932.
LOTTERY WON 500,000 GBP. MOBILE NO WAS ATTACHED TO LOTTERY NO (01)(14)(25)(33)(34)(43) DRAW NO 1597.CONTACT JACK BERNARD(+447017037899) EMAIL ID BBC_ONE_2011@HOTMAIL.COM
Congrats:Your mobile No Has Won GBP750,000 Pounds in 2011 Espn Star Cricket Anniversary T-Mobile Draw Held in UK. Contact us By E-mail: email@example.com
GOOD NEWS!! YOU HAVE WON 550,000 GBPICC CRICKET BONANZA PROMO 2011 IN UK, WON#3M TO CLAIM YOUR PRIZE CONTACT MRS. LISA EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org +447010046273
YOU HAVE GOT 450000,00 IN ICC CRICKET WORLD FORTUNE PROGRAMME.TO GET YOUR PAYMENT SEND EMAIL US ONemail@example.com
YOU HAVE GOT 700000.00 IN ONGOING IRISH CONTEST 2011. TO GET YOUR PAYMENT PLEASE SEND YOUR DETAILS US ON ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
YOU HAVE AWARDED 500,000 BRITISH POUNDS IN OUR COCA-COLA MOBILE DRAW TO CLAIM SEND NAME, MOBILE NO, SEX, AGE, UR EMAIL, RESIDENT ADDRESS TO THE VIA EMAIL: email@example.com, +447017034188
A user is asked to send his personal details to the specified email addresses. Upon receipt of an email with information like contact number, address from the user, they call the user from a mobile number seemingly originating from the UK to inform them that the very next day their diplomat will come to New Delhi Airport with a demand draft of the mentioned amount. On the next day they ask the user to pay an amount (INR 8000 to INR 25000) required for legal processing or custom clearance charges and settlement charges at airport. They provide bank account details from nationalized banks which are traced to North Eastern states of India. These nationalized banks are slow to respond to such complaints which take months to freeze the accounts used by fraudsters.
Mobile numbers used for fake calling are traced back to Delhi. Lack of co-operation amongst Cyber Crime investigating agencies across India, lethargy of mobile operators in implementing security measures to stop such SMS messages and slow operations of nationalized banks are giving the upper hand to fraudsters in running their operations smoothly.
Users are advised not to reply to such SMS messages and emails and not to fall into these Social Engineering traps.