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木曜日, March 05th, 2009 | 著者:

Why is it that we’re so gullible?

I even considered for a whole second that my colleague had cross-checked the following SPAM before posting it on our IRL noticeboard. Please note that the following text originally had really bad-for-your-eyes fonts and colours. 😉

Urgent Warning from
Cell C, ボーダコム & MTN!

[business card of aLegal Representativeof the Special Investigating Unit]

Dear All,
If you receive a phone call on your mobile from any person, saying that, he or she is
a company engineer, or saying that they’re checking your mobile line, and you have
to press # 90 または #09 or any other number.
End this call immediately without pressing any numbers.
There is a fraud company using a device that once you press #90 または #09 they can
access your ‘SIMcard and make calls at your expense.
Forward this message to as many friends as you can, to stop it.
All mobile users pay attention if you receive a phone call and your mobile phone
displays (XALAN) on the screen don’t answer the call, END THE CALL IMMEDIATELY,
if you answer the call, your phone will be infected by a virus..
This virus will erase all IMEI and IMSI information from both your phone and your SIM
card, which will make your phone unable to connect with the telephone network. You
will have to buy a new phone. This information has been confirmed by both Motorola
and Nokia.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS PIECE OF INFORMATION TO
ALL YOUR FRIENDS HAVING A MOBILE.

The first things that got me thinking was the text denoting authority at the top of the page. Now, bear in mind this is on a noticeboardnot my inbox where my anti-spam senses are at their peak.

Who could possibly have the authority to say they’re sending out a notification on behalf of each of South Africa’s tri-opoly of GSM providers? はい, so its someSpecialLegal team that sounds government-type. They’re legitit turns アウト – but they probably don’t have enough time to take my call asking if this is all true. Absolutely everything on the Internet must be true, especially anything I say. 😛

So anyway, now that we’re over the silliness, let’s break this hoax down:

Official Documentation

Bar a business card, which is hardly standard in any industry, there is no official contact information. I’d expect at least a letterhead or a misguided trailing disclaimer.

Presentation and Language

There are actually 2 notices here regarding separate threats however it isn’t obvious without reading the text in full. This is because the paragraphing and grammar are very poor. Government institutions don’t normally issue poorly-worded or paragraphed documentation. また, why not issue a separate notification regarding each threat separately?

Lime Green??? bleh

There are no links to further resources

Any warning of this sort would undoubtedly offer further information or advertise the online presence of the institution. また, perhaps they’d like for you to give feedback on the situation or maybe they’d like us to report on further suspicious activity. But no. 何も. Just a specific representative’s business card. What if the guy dies, finds a better job, または leaves the country?

There is a fraud company … “

This means that they haven’t any clue who it is. This is a broad and passive statement. Question whenever someone saysthey” または “people who”. Who is thisfraud company”? Where isthere”? And why doesn’t this crack government legal team (who have to use chain mail to spread warnings) let us know through their uber-powerful chain mail network?

Forward this message to as many friends as you can

私の, oh my. This line has probably been in every chain letter / social engineering virus (my special definition) since sliced bread.

This information has been confirmed by both Motorola and Nokia.

They’re trying to prevent you from thinking for yourself and try to verify their claims independently. They’re sayingYou’re stupid to check. We already checked for you. :-D”. もちろん, in reality, they’re just trying to take advantage of our gullible nature.

“#90 or #09” と “XALAN

There isn’t any way for you to verify this. 再び, question everything. Google’s first page of results is riddled with the wordsCell phone warning hoax”. duh.

If you get a message like the above from your friends, reply and tell them to stop sending spamand maybe give them a link to this page so they know why. 🙂

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金曜日, November 21st, 2008 | 著者:

So I gots me s’more spam to mah mobile. o.O

Thankfully, it turns out that there is some proper recourse. Thanks to Stefano for pointing me in the right direction. (original post ここで)

WASPA (or Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association) is theIndustry Bodyfor Wireless Service Providers in SA. They have a complaints page where you get to submit all the juicy details about how a WASPA (or WASP) has breached the WASPA Code of Conduct.

Perhaps the provider in question gets featured on the complaint reports pagewhere everyone will see how much they’ve been fined along with a full report of the complaint. This includes WASPA’s investigation and a summary of the communications with the Service Provider concerning the matter. 重要なことには, its all publicly accessible.

I just wish people actually KNEW about this thing though. I certainly didn’t know that a WASP isn’t just the name of a (usually) flying insect? Yeahturns out some wasps don’t have wings and are mistaken ために antsgo figure.

Back to the topic at hand: Spread the word! And lodge your complaints!

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木曜日, 11月13日, 2008 | 著者:

私はあまり受けていない スパム 私の携帯電話に. 私は約際のSMSのランダムを受けている “特別” などの提供や. 誰も一度sms'd “私に代わって” それらの1に 深夜の E-TV スペシャル広告. 毎月私は私が上で欠けていることについて私に通知する魅力的なメッセージが表示される. でも、私は疑問に思う, 私はMTNのに自分自身を追加することができ、無送信リストがあります, ボーダコム, または細胞C?

できる任意の携帯電話プロバイダのリストの最後の月にバルクのSMSシステムを通じてあなたのSMSのを送信したすべての企業, 例えば? そして、私は言葉で私にR7.50原価計算SMSを送信しなくても、そのスパムを缶に私の携帯電話プロバイダを伝えることができます “STOP”? [編集… このSMSがある判明 想定 可能な限り低いレートで充電される. 感謝, タンブルウィード]

最後に, 私は、あなたが永続的にコンテンツを受信するために支払うこれらのサービスを聞いた. 永遠という点で、彼らはあなたがそれらがあなたに何かを送信するために、毎日あなたにR5を充電するとし、そのサービス. 私の妹は、彼女が放​​送時間を持っていなかった問題があった. 彼女のR20は毎週手当がこれらのいずれかで、次の日の全体飲み込まれるだろうからだ “サービス” 彼女の愚かな映像を送り、R10を控除している. 彼女が使用して約5Cのための彼女のコンピュータを使用して、同一または類似の画像をダウンロードしている可能性が グーグルさん 画像検索 そして私があるんだけど 大きさやクロップドパンツ それは目に見える歪みやエイリアシングと完全に彼女の携帯電話の画面に合わせて. 同時に, 彼らはLAMEあるコンテンツに著作権を主張. 私は、彼らはとにかく、インターネット自身から画像を盗んだと思うわ.

最終的には彼女の新しいプリペイド番号を取得するために簡単だった. 私はちょうど彼らがまだそのリサイクルの後に彼女の古い番号を取得し、誰に、より多くのコンテンツを送信するつもりはないことを願っています. 😮

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