Today, 21st April, 2012, as I stepped into my room, I discovered that I had a missed call on one of my mobile lines. This missed call happened to be from a foreign number (+4238773326 ).
In my usual manner of returning every missed call, I simply did same in this scenario. However, after the call got connected, I heard this computerized voice on the other end, telling me that I had won $50,000 and I should follow the voice prompts in order to claim my cash. At This Point, I Knew It Was A Scam. Anyway, I decided to see how far they would go and I stayed on for a little longer. The computerized voice at the other end, said, " We would need your personal details in order for you to claim your price" and then it went ahead to say " If you are a Male, press 1, if you are a female, press 2"; I played along with that part and then it moved on to "Please pronounce your full name audibly after the beep......"; At this point, I had enough and simply hung up.
Few seconds after hanging up, I received this text message from them;
"Your cheque of $50000 will be given to another winner if you don call for free now on this number 004238773326"
and then with no response from me, they sent another text message 3 hrs 30 mins after the first one. And it read thus;
"urgent: The last chances to receive your gift call immediatly this number or your gift will be given to another person004238773326"
I must say that this is a new scamming technique of which though very easy to tell, however, many might fall prey.
As an information technology expert, even though I did not follow through to the end of the call, however, I can confidently guess that these scammers are aiming to get enough personal details as they can get from individuals and then they would then use these acquired details for identity impersonation leading to theft and all sort of vices aimed at defrauding their unsuspecting victim.
This is my message to all, DO NOT GIVE OUT YOUR PERSONAL DETAILS TO THIS NUMBER ( 423-877-3326 ), IT'S IS A SCAM!
|Screenshot of the fraudulent text messages from (+4238773326) of which I received on my Samsung Galaxy-Tab|
If you received a call from this number, kindly feel free to share your experience below in the comments area.