Posted 25 July 2010 - 01:59 AM
Time to update this thread.
There is a new form of text scamming which goes like this: "Hi, kamusta na kayo diyan? Eto ang bagong roaming no. ko. Paramdam naman kayo, miss ko na kayo. May good news ako. May napanalunan akong (huge amount of money, sometimes in dollars) pero may problema ako: kelangan ko munang bayaran ang taxes nito. Baka puwedeng mag-advance ka muna sa akin para mabayaran ko ang taxes, and then pag na-release na ang pera, syempre may malaking balato ka sa akin. My acc. no. is (bank name, acc#).
Do not fall for this scam. Kahit medyo obvious to most of us, many people still fall for it. I've received no less than 12 text messages of this nature this year alone. Pls warn others and forward.
There is another text scam, but this time it's also a phone scam at the same time: people claiming to be from a reputable insurance company or bank will call/text you to say that you're one of the lucky ones chosen for a free accident insurance/free health insurance card, and that all you have to do is confirm to them your personal details like name, birthdate, address, contact nos. Then they'll ask you to go to their office to claim the card. The office is supposedly just a satellite office of the reputable insurance company, but is in reality just a place hired by these scamsters. Once there, you are asked about even more intimate details like bank account no., or credit card no. and PIN code. DO NOT GO TO THEIR OFFICES, even if the person on the phone sounds like a professional. All they need is personal details to defraud you of your money or charge purchases to your credit card. Before you realize you've been had, it'll be too late.