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星期四, March 05th, 2009 | 笔者:

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, Vodacom公司 & 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 或 #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 或 #09 they can
访问您的“SIM卡’ 卡并拨打电话公司的费用.
这个消息转发给尽可能多的朋友,你可以, 停止它.
显示器 (XALAN) 在屏幕上不接听电话, 结束通话立即,
如果接听电话, 你的手机会被病毒感染。.
卡, 这将让你的手机无法与电话网络连接. 您
将要新买的手机. 该信息已被证实双方摩托罗拉

这让我想到的第一件事情是在页面的顶部表示权威文本. 现在, 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? 好, so its someSpecialLegal team that sounds government-type. They’re legitit turns 出 – 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.


实际上有 2 这里通知关于单独的威胁,但它是不是很明显没有充分阅读文本. 这是因为分段的能力和语法都很差. 政府机构通常不发出不良的措辞或paragraphed文档. 还, 为什么不单独发布关于各种威胁的单独通知?

酸橙 绿色??? 的Bleh


这种类型的任何警告无疑将提供进一步的信息或宣传的网上存在 机构. 还, 也许他们会喜欢你给有关情况反馈或者他们希望我们进一步报告可疑活动. 但不是. 无. 只是具体代表的名片. 如果这个家伙死, 找到一个更好的工作, 或 树叶 国内?

“有一个诈骗公司 … “

这意味着,他们没有任何线索是谁. 这是一个广泛的和被动的声明. 问每当有人说 “他们” 或 “人谁”. 这是谁 “诈骗公司”? 哪里 “那里”? 为什么没有这条裂缝政府法律团队 (谁有权使用锁子甲传播警告) 让我们知道通过其超级强大的连锁网络邮件?


我的, 天啊. 这条线可能已在每一个连锁信 / 社会工程病毒 (我特别的定义) 由于切片面包.


他们试图阻止你想为自己和尝试独立核实他们的要求. 他们说 “你是愚蠢的检查. 我们已经检查了你. :-ð”. 当然, 事实上, 他们只是想利用我们轻信自然的优势.

“#90 or #09” 和 “XALAN”

There isn’t any way for you to verify this. 再次, 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. 🙂

星期五, November 21st, 2008 | 笔者:

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 这里)

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. 重要的, 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 mistakenantsgo figure.

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

星期四, 11月13日, 2008 | 笔者:

我没有收到多大 垃圾邮件 我的手机. 我收到的随机短信就有关场​​合 “特别” 提供等等. 有人也曾经sms'd “我代表我” 这些中的一个 深夜 电子电视 特价广告. 每个月我收到了一个诱人的消息,通知我一下,我错过了什么出来. 虽然我不知道, 有没有不发送列表,我可以在MTN添加自己, Vodacom公司, 或细胞-C?

可以在任何手机提供商列表中的所有已发送的短信,你的通过短信群发系统,在上个月的公司, 例如? 而且我可以告诉我的手机供应商,可以在无需发送短信花费我R7.50字的垃圾邮件 “停止”? [编辑… 原来,这条短信是 应该 以最低可能的速率进行充电. 谢谢, 风滚草]

最后, 我听说这些服务,你付出永远接收内容. 永远在它的地方,他们认为你希望他们给你每天收取R5送你东西的服务. 我妹妹有一个问题,她从未有过的通话费. 这是因为她的R20每周津贴会由其中的一个,第二天被吞没整 “服务” 这给她发了一个愚蠢的图片,扣除R10. 用她的电脑约5℃使用她下载了相同或相似的图片 谷歌图片搜索 我不得不 大小和裁剪 它没有明显的变形或走样完美贴合她的手机屏幕. 同时, 他们声称的版权是LAME内容. 我敢打赌,他们偷的照片从网上自己反正.

到底这是比较容易让她获得了新的预付费号码. 我只是希望他们不仍然要发送更多的内容任何人其回收后得到她的老字号. 😮