Fraudsters don’t just attract you into going to their web sites through e-mail, Twitter and facebook – you can be targeted on your cell phone too. For instance, there’ve been lots of people on the net who’ve claimed receiving messages like the following:
Apple needs iPhone5 testers! The first 1000 users who visit [LINK] and enter code 4444 will get to test & keep the new iPhone5.
Obviously, the marketing has nothing to do with Apple (who don’t do public tests of their forthcoming products), and – as the iPhone 5 has not even been launched yet – you’ve close to absolutely no possibility of receiving a cost-free smart phone. Instead, you are being deceived into handing over your private details which could be used for, well.. who understands what.
In the past, we have seen the scammers earn commission through the visitors they bring to a web-based survey, or signed-up for an expensive premium rate service. It is also simple to imagine how such a strategy could be used for taking personal data, or collecting information that will later be used against you. After all, whoever asked you to the fake iPhone 5 test had no qualms about delivering you SMS text spam – so they’ve currently proven themselves to be of a suspicious moral character.
A few cell phone operators assist you to report SMS text spam to them, so they can attempt to block those behind it. Sad to say the strategy of reporting text spam is not the same as operator to operator, so you will need to contact them (or visit their particular web sites) for details.