The impact of phone and email scams can be devastating, says the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in its public information campaign against scams.
Lately, scammers have also been preying on unsuspecting (prospective) victims via SMS messages. The ACMA in its latest bulletin in fact reported that it has received a number of reports of consumers receiving ‘lottery scam’ SMS.
Some examples of messages received by the ACMA are:
Your mobile number won $1,000,000.00.USD in the [NAME] worldwide mobile promo. Reply via sms for more info or email: email@example.com, Congratulations!!”
“CONGRATS!! YOUR MOBILE NUMBER HAS WON YOU 2,000,000,00 USD IN THE FREELOTTO MOBILE PROMO.FOR CLAIMS,SEND EMAIL TO: firstname.lastname@example.org & CALL: +44XXXXXXXXXX”
Today, we also received a similar SMS message:
Sender: +44 7584 xxxxxx. www.freexxxxx.com. Your mobile number was selected as a winner of £1,000000.00 with Draw No.03 11 15 20 21 34 35, email:email@example.com to claim.
The ACMA has advised that if you receive any message of this nature, or a variation of it, you should ignore it and report it to the ACMA by forwarding the message to 0429 999 888.
You should then delete the message from your phone. DO NOT REPLY TO THESE MESSAGES.