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Topic # 165794 20-Feb-2015 21:39
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Well, apparently I'm a winner!

Your Mobile# have won $500,000 USD in Coca Cola Promo, To claim go to www.ccawardza.net, click CLAIM enter Ref#: CRSA871 for more info call +27611861713

Do any of the Vodafone staff lurking want the originating number for spam blocking purposes?

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  Reply # 1243331 20-Feb-2015 22:01
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Hard to block incoming SMS from overseas really...

It's easy for these people to get different numbers all the time, for cheap.

Interesting that Vodafone and Spark block services such as Clickatell to "reduce spam" but they only really managed to prevent people from using cheaper services, instead pushing to their local "partners" who charge a lot more. And no reduction in spam really.






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  Reply # 1243358 20-Feb-2015 23:38
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My Mum and I have both had the same text this week too.

We're all winners.




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  Reply # 1243381 21-Feb-2015 02:29
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I had a text spam from Co-operative Bank the other day. 

Never been a customer or been in contact with them, so don't know how they got my number. Any affiliations to other companies people are aware of?

I would think this type of text would be illegal?





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  Reply # 1243392 21-Feb-2015 06:49
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^ What happen when you click that link? Legit coop bank of NZ?





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  Reply # 1243439 21-Feb-2015 08:48
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The SMS from Co-operative Bank bank is fine someone must have your number on there account cause I got the same SMS, I called them they found the account and removed the number from it

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  Reply # 1243440 21-Feb-2015 08:49
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jamesrt: Well, apparently I'm a winner!

Your Mobile# have won $500,000 USD in Coca Cola Promo, To claim go to www.ccawardza.net, click CLAIM enter Ref#: CRSA871 for more info call +27611861713

Do any of the Vodafone staff lurking want the originating number for spam blocking purposes?


Just delete it and educate friends and family these SMS are a scam, We block it and they change mobile numbers the next day

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  Reply # 1243444 21-Feb-2015 08:58
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jarledb: I had a text spam from Co-operative Bank the other day. 

Never been a customer or been in contact with them, so don't know how they got my number. Any affiliations to other companies people are aware of?

I would think this type of text would be illegal?



ring them or tweet them and thank them for encouraging you to never ever be one of their customers



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  Reply # 1243499 21-Feb-2015 10:00
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For curiosity, I went to the website listed in the SMS message (from a private browser session in a once-off VM, I'm not entirely stupid!)

It's a fairly impressive looking site; actually looks really genuine.  And they do some form of validation on the codes supplied, as then I clicked the "enter code" button and entered a stupidly fake code ("fred"), the site said I was the winner, but also then came up with a database lookup error - so presumably they are tracking the codes they're giving out.

The other interesting bit was the "warning" at the bottom of the page about how many people share their codes leading to duplicate attempts to claim, so they strongly recommend not telling anyone about your SMS message and/or claim process until it's completed.  I guess that's one way or encouraging naive people to keep quiet and therefore not get clued in by wiser heads.

Anyway, someone's put a fair bit of effort into this particular scam.

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