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Thursday, October 13, 2005

SMS scam in China

It should be basic knowledge right now NOT to give your passwords or creditcard numbers to just anyone. His behaviour and naivity cost a Chinese US$18,500.

Here is the story. He received a text message stating that he spent US$2,200 with his credit card. Since he wasn't aware of this, he inquired at the number provided - and was then asked to give his credit card number and password for further identification. When he found out that his spending limits had been reached a while later, the number was no longer available. A typical case resembling the Nigerian scam.

Lesson learnt? Don't provide details - check the autentity of what has been received by you - be it e-mail or SMS.

(By Asia Business Consulting)