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Fake Yahoo/MSN mobile promotion scam on cell phones

Posted by TechGeek on September 12, 2011

Fake promotions scams are not new but scammers are effectively using it. Initially, scammers were spreading such fake scams via emails but nowadays they are sending fake text on users mobile. The text message will ask you to send personal information to the email mentioned in the SMS. They use brand names like Yahoo, Microsoft etc. in such fake messages so that users can believe.

Do read: Fake Microsoft promotion scam

Uneducated victim then sends his/her personal or sensitive information to the unknown email address in order to claim the prize. Victim will be then asked by scammer behind this for some cash for courier charges. If victim sends or transfer money to scammer, he/she will lose all the money without getting anything back.

Here is the latest text message received on mobile which is related to Yahoo/MSN mobile promotion scam,

GOOD NEWS: CONGRATULATION!!!YOUR MOBILE NUMBER HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR 250,000.00GBP IN YAHOO/MSN MOBILE PROMOTION 2011 FOR CLAIM, SEND YOUR FULL NAME,ADDRESS,MOBILE NUMBER,OCCUPATION,ANNUAL INCOME,DATE OF BIRTH,SEX,FULL BANK DETAILS,PASSPORT SIZE PHOTO VERY URGENT TO MRS.RICE VIA E-MAIL ID: mobile2011@w.cn”.

Look at the above text message received on mobile, the text message ask for personal and sensitive information like birth date, mobile, bank details etc. Even if the message says the YAHOO or MSN promotion, the email address used is not related to any of this brand.

Always remember, brand names like Yahoo, MSN etc. never promotes such draws and they will never ask you for your personal information.

 

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