An SMS To Mug You

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/04/smsed-thumb.jpgYesterday around 2pm, I received an sms form an unknown person, The sms read (Warning! Please Do not enter the following code): “777”, TELENOR ke traf si khush Khabri, Holiday Ke Khushi main **1**1**92348746949**0049# ye code mela Kar balance double Karain/www TELENOR/com@ .

The message was clearly not from 777 (which is the number we get all the official Telenor text messages from) and the code mentioned in the message was almost the same as the one used to share mobile credit among customers which is “*1*1*92[mobile number]*[amount]#” so I guessed what the sender wanted from me. I went to the nearest Telenor customer service who confirmed my doubts but they were skeptical if this Code will actually transfer my creadits to the unknown number or not so I changed the number after the 92 to a friends mobile number to check and bingo, an amount did get transferred regardless of the added * in the smsed code.

Such text messages are getting very common in the city, my uncle recently received a similar sms but he didn’t fell for it, a tailor and a PCO owner in our neighborhood was not so lucky. And it’s not just Telenor but every mobile service offering balance sharing facility which is being miss used in a similar fashion.

I hope the mobile service providers will take stern actions against such criminals, I also urge all the readers to please report any such text messages to your mobile service provider and inform your friends so they can be careful as well.

16 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 2:24 am

    some pathetic losers are using this tactic all over the forums to steal balance from unsuspecting innocent users


  2. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 2:29 am

    Ohh thats bad … thanks for setting the caution for telenor users …!

    ummmm btw which mobile set is this :)


  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 2:36 am

    The message was sent from a Mobilink # 0304….


  4. wasiq (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 2:51 am

    PEPSI ki bardee jumbo bottle bhi katam ho gaie ab kya karein….?????


  5. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 3:52 am

    My sis was just asking me how to open a “Voice Message”. She’s using Warid these days & the message was from 322 # (what is that btw?), the composer clearly went to great lenghts to nake it look real….too real infact.

    Showed her that if a message is from Warid (She gets atleast 4 “promotional” sms’s from her everyday), it says WARID or 2007 or a 3 digit # in place of FROM:.

    As with the internet, do not open messages/attachments from an adress/# you dont recognise. If u dont know a #, y would he/she leave u a message? & y do u care?.

    Avoiding it is the best prevention IMO. + a)TELCO’s kitno ko danda karein ge? Our entire nation is corrupt.
    b) dont they make money over these transactions?


  6. d0ct0r (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 5:16 am

    srilanka lost :( only watched final out of all the worldcup macthes n finally the team you’re supporting losses … feels bad


  7. Lies (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 6:35 am

    easy fix for this: Everyone should send an sms everyday to the guy sending it out (after the 92 number). When he starts recieving 10,000 sms per day, that will fix him.

    But I dont know. I get free sms here in Sg. Not sure abt how karachi telco’s operate.


  8. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 8:30 am

    Its rs.1/sms. Warid has some wierd “all u can eat” packages… dont really know how that goes though.

    btw cricket = rubbish. Glad more ppl are waking up to the reality.

    And for a change, i dont think even the current Pak/PCB admins could have screwed it up as bad as ICC did with this CWC.

    From ticket prices to prize distribution. They managed f-up’s even Bush would’ve been proud of.

    Oh well, Asians will show the world how its done come 2011……not that i would be watching.


  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

    Lies, I don’t think so that guy would be sending SMS manually. He/she would be using some automated system to generate SMS messages so it wouldn’t bother him if someone starts SMS spamming on his #. The SMS inbox doesn’t accept messages after certain # of messages, yeah Mobilink might get screwed after severe SMS attack.


  10. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

    Well, my mother fell for it. She lost 50 rupees worth of credit in lieu of this scam.


  11. Satire (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 4:57 pm

    yeah a couple of weeks back I got an sms from the same number 777 and it said that Telenor is celebrating it’s first anniversary so just enter the number and receive free credit as a gift…but I thought otherwise cause usually when Telenor sends out an SMS the message head is something like ‘Telenori’ so I knew it was a hoax :)


  12. Mona (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 5:36 pm

    Back in Pk I took Ufone service… The strangest of messages I received was something like “Thanks for registering with Ufone Mr (name), now this number has been activated…”

    grr.. Never got around to finding out what was happening. Anyone else encountered this before?


  13. Raheel (unregistered) on April 29th, 2007 @ 5:49 pm

    yes I got similar ones on ufone but I knew how the ushare works :p


  14. murdra (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 12:07 am

    lmao yaar get post paid


  15. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on April 30th, 2007 @ 2:48 am

    Prepaid ………….. ? every bhangi, chamar, doodhwala, chanaywala have prepaid. cell phone, miss call mar zara, sorry yar miss call ka balance bhi nahi hai — awwww

    CLASS uses Prepaid –

    Privacy concious use no cell phones, their office and homes have enough land line numbers.

    Ghareeb talk like me :(

    Temptation to get one but cannot manage to convince what is utility of it for me

    Cheers!


  16. Saad Durrani (unregistered) on May 1st, 2007 @ 1:14 am

    When it comes to promotional offers, do not believe any until they are published in print or have ads. Promotional SMS only Telenor are not sent from any number; instead the number tells you its from “Telenor”. 777 is only used for confirmation of balance transfer.

    0304 is not a Mobilink number, it is a Paktel – China Mobile number.



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