New tricks in mobile balance transfer scam

The other day i heard one friend talking about a conversation at his office between a CSR and a customer who was complaining that he had already spent RS.3000 but didnt get any gift (that was never coming at first place lol) he was promised by the guy/company, to whom this innocent guy kept on sending scratch card numbers for sometime now.

” At the moment almost every Mobile Service Provider has offered balance transfer facility (except ZONG) between their pre-paid customers. Initially offered by Telenor as smart share it immediately got noticed and everyone else replicated it (Ufone: UShare, Mobilink’s Jazz Share, Warid’s Balance Share). However none of them initially realized that our market is not literate enough for such service. This eventually gave birth to a scam that is still in its full swing and there are hundreds of complaint on daily basis about customer’s mobile credit stolen by anonymous people.

The scale is so big that during Warid’s balance share launch almost everyone was getting fake messages of getting their balance doubled (asking them to send messages having balance transfer string). Thanks to Warid, the service couldn’t work during initial few days and it saved us all the pain. Even though actions against these numbers involved in this fraud are taken, there is still room for minor structural changes (we will come to that later). ” READ FULL POST

2 Comments so far

  1. d0ct0r on November 4th, 2008 @ 2:05 pm

    Zong does offer balance transfer option. I have a penta number(last 5 same numbers in a 7 digit phone number) and on an average i get 4 vcards(virtual cards) trying to lure me to transfer balance. If one uses common sense then its pretty obvious from these sms that they’re scams

  2. anum on November 10th, 2008 @ 2:31 pm

    This has happened to me a couple of times but only the first time I actually responded to the trick as I wasn’t aware of it. When I got to know about the scam, I stopped responding. But its annoying and what are our service providers doing about such scams? Receiving these scams constantly can make the customers reluctant to continue the use of their services. There should definitely be a way in which such scams can be taken care of.

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