Seen this on your phone?

“CONGRATULATIONS! D’LST 7DIGITS of ur sim# had WON ELECTRONIC JACKPOT PRIZE fr, PAGCOR PHIL & CENTRAL BANK DTI #2588 2005 call KATE MuñOZ #09168880466.”

Cell phone subscribers in the Phillipines have – it is the latest in SMS spam. While this article points out a number of different scams perpetrated by those who responded to this message, Spamroll will give you the highlights…

Included are:

– Prepaid phone card purchases that wind up in the account of someone other than the purchasers, and

– Prize claims that require a deposit to an ATM account, which are subsequently drained.

With more than 30 million cell subscribers, a growth clip estimated at more than 20% on a population of 82 million, and a bunch of hazy rules on cell phone spamming, I suspect this problem is going to plague the country for some time.

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