Cellphone Scam

Read this in Dawn epaper today… Thankfully i switched to warid quite some time ago, so i’ll be safe from this.

People using a particular prepaid cellphone connection are being deprived of their credit surrepti tiously. Some people do not even know that this is happening.

“I thought that my sons might be using it though they have their own phones,” says a journalist. “But the other day when I checked the balance, it showed Rs278.36. After a while when I dialed a number a recorded message said: `You have reached your call limit. Please recharge your account before making any further calls’.” Inquiries show that in some families more than one subscriber have been robbed of their credit.

It is now common knowledge that a device called `Super SIM’ is used to pilfer credit from telephones using that company’s connection.

The SIM is available in the market at certain outlets. “A friend of mine has this,” says Asif Arain. “He has bought it at the Delton Market in Defence Housing Authority for Rs5,000.” “People from Punjab contact shopkeepers here and get orders for these SIMs,” said a vendor. These SIMs are sold in the market secretly.

“The mode to operate them is: dial *111# and press the button. An amount will appear in the phone ready for immediate use.” Although the company makes no refunds, it has detected the problem. Now it says `use 123′ to recharge your account instead of `111′.

Experts say that the use of voice facility for inquiries about balance is safer than the text inquiry facility.

However, people are bound to lose their hard-earned money for a long time before the phone company overcomes this problem.

— KARACHIAN Email: naseer.awan@dawn.com

Another appeal to all you mobilink users.. switch to some other service and save your sanity!

3 Comments so far

  1. IllusionFS (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 5:53 pm

    There are cims in the market, and if u dial a number x from them, the credit *balance* from number x is transferred to the number on that cim. are you talking about the same cim cards? my friend has one. lol and the weird thing is that he can totally afford any bill, just makes me wonder when such well off people do this.

  2. Alias (unregistered) on August 7th, 2006 @ 9:47 pm

    These SIMs have already been in the market for 6 months now, having started off in other parts of PK. The only thing surprising is that Mobilink has yet to do something about this. Apalling, really!

  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 8th, 2006 @ 11:07 pm

    How can you claim that other provider, for instance Warid here is secure?Mobilink gets compromised becasue its heavily used and people finding ways to compromise mobilink security.Being a so called techie, I used to read stuff that windows is less secure than unix hence it gets compromised.While its true but the other reason is that Microsoft Windows or their email program Outlook is more popular than ximian’s evolution

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