Phone scam: We know what you want to knowWritten by Julen Madariaga on March 20th, 2009
Take a look at the picture. This baby beeped into my life the other day at 4am, just as I was getting ready to switch into deep sleep. I knew it was spam, but I couldn’t help the reflex. I stretched out one arm, opened one eye and mentally translated as follows:
“Do you want to know the content of somebody’s cell phone conversations? Just send us the person’s number, my company will do a special card for you. Using this card you will be able to listen to all his calls. For complete info dial: etc.”
My first reaction of course was to run for my business cards drawer and pick a couple of cards from the section “competition”. If it is a public service it cannot be immoral, I thought, and they got it well deserved, those sneaky competitors who go around trying to snitch our projects.
But then I woke up a bit more and suddenly remembered: I am in China, and it is another one of those sms. So I just mentally marked it for my blog collection and I went back to bed. Before I closed my eyes I still had the time to draw the follwing conclusions:
- This cannot possibly be true. If it were, China Mobile would be facing thousands of lawsuits .
- But then, if there is one place in the World where this might be true, it is right here.
- Either way, the author is clever. I am sure there are loads of people out there calling the number right now. Nothing is more tempting than to know what you shouldn’t know…
So we will probaby be receiving more of these. And like I usually say in these cases: if there’s anyone out there willing to test the service for CNY, please go for it and let us know in comments.
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