SMS Scamsters in Shanghai | Don’t reply

Chinese SMSOccasionaly I get some spam sms. As I can’t read them the deletion process is quick and simple. There are however people who read them, believe them, reply to them and in the end loose money.

Authorities didn’t disclose the nature of the scams, but most involve a deceptive message that results in a bank transfer.

For instance, some people are told they’ve won a prize and need to send money to cover taxes and other fees.

Other victims are warned that someone applied for an ATM card using their name and they need to forward a “security enhancement fee” to prevent possible losses.

Police in Shanghai have stepped up efforts to get rid of these scams by shutting down already 800 numbers. A nationwide campaign has been launched as well.

So, once again, for all those out there.. If it is too good to be true, don’t believe it.

Source: Shanghai Daily - Deadline for …

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One Response to “SMS Scamsters in Shanghai | Don’t reply”

  1. paul
    November 2nd, 2005 02:53

    Good reminder. This scam wave has tided to every cornor of China including Beijing where our office is located. According to press, it was originated from coastal villages in Fujian Prov. and spreaded quickly to the other region during the October big holiday.

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