Yesterday I had my moment of fame. I was quoted in a local newspaper regarding an sms scam that went around Port Elizabeth last week Thursday. During the night on Thurday, I received an sms which read:
Hi Charles you have 1 new message from Cindy in Richmond hill click here to view your message (link to site – screenshot on the right)
Once you went to the page it recognises your cellphone number from the message itself, as the link is unique to your number. So as soon as you click on any of the links you would immediately be subscribed to the service for R9.99 a day.
According to the article, some people had problems with their partners thinking they were cheating or whatever. What pisses me off about this is the fact that there are people who or still dumb enough to think this is real. I wish people would learn to recognise spam.
It makes me think of the people who click on the fake Osama Bin Laden death videos or those fake stalker apps on Facebook and spam everyone’s newsfeed. That is besides getting a virus or whatever else, which they deserve if you ask me. I don’t feel sorry for people who get viruses through their own stupidity. A while back I formatted an acquaintance’s PC after having removed a virus and within two days he had completely screwed it up again. I think he still has the virus since I refuse to fix his stupidity. I actually hope he reads this *grin*.
I guess my point is that in this day and age when spam counts for such a large percentage of all communication, be it sms, email or whatever, we should really know how to differentiate between what is real and what is spam. Spam only works because of people’s stupidity (and to a lesser degree curiosity).
- Nobody needs ‘friends’ like these (boston.com)
- Anatomy of a Facebook Spam: See Who’s Stalking You (wiredpen.com)
- Facebook Spam: What to Do if you Clicked (newspapergrl.com)
- Beware of Fake Osama bin laden links on web! (trak.in)
- Facebook Dislike button spreads fast, but is a fake – watch out! (nakedsecurity.sophos.com)
- The future of viruses (ealnet2010a.wordpress.com)