SMS 419 scams

I recently received my first SMS scam message on my ancient mobile phone:

From: +447549354914
FREE MSG: Our records indicate that you may be entitled to £3350 for the accident you had. To apply free reply CLAIM to this message. To opt out text STOP

Do not reply to such messages. Just delete them.

The +44 prefix looks like it originates from the UK (where I live, therefore local number, therefore safe) but it’s actually a “personal number” that could be routed anywhere in the world, incurring high fees even for a simple SMS reply.

More examples of such scams in this F-Secure weblog post.

One thought on “SMS 419 scams

  1. Interesting stuff. I wonder how illegal it is as companies must supply a way for people to ‘unsubscribe’ from spam email and sms. I guess that if it doesn’t originate from the UK then we have no recourse…

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