Ángeles received an SMS telling her that she had won a prize in a raffle. She did not remember having participated in any raffle but since she is not the person with the most memory in the world, she decided to call to claim her prize and did she find what she was looking for?
It was not the first time that Angeles received an apparently advertising SMS that told her that she had won a prize in a raffle that she did not remember. The first thing she did was ask her closest family and friends if they had used her cell phone to enter a sweepstakes or participate in a contest and no one seemed to know anything about it.
On this occasion, the supposed prize was a shopping cart valued at no less than € 1,000. A not inconsiderable prize in times of crisis and that is why she decided to claim her prize. In the end, what could happen to her?
The message read the following:
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Angeles found the SMS suspicious for several reasons:
She did not recall participating in any sweepstakes.
The message contained some spelling mistakes.
It is not stated in which supermarket she could get the shopping cart.
To enjoy the award, she had to call a special rate telephone number.
Still, instead of ignoring the message as she had done before, she decided to call to get some more information.
At the beginning of the call, a recorded locution informed him that he was calling a company of “leisure and entertainment services” located in Rio de Janeiro, and that the maximum price of the call he was making was € 1.21 / minute if calling from a landline phone and € 1.57 / minute if calling from a mobile phone.
The location of the company increased her suspicions, but even considering the high cost of the call, she decided to continue it for a few minutes to obtain more information. After all, a shopping cart valued at 1,000 euros was at stake.
After the announcement and a few seconds of waiting, she was answered by an operator who asked her the reason for her call. In response, she Angels she explained the SMS that she had received and she said that she was very interested in the award and she wanted to know what she had to do to get it.
She was asked when she had received the SMS, if she was the owner of the line and from which province she was calling. Once this information was confirmed, she asked him for her phone number and her name and surname. Faced with this request, she Ángeles refused to give them the information, arguing that if they had sent her the message they would already have her phone number and that to give them her name and surname, she wanted to first know something more about the award. .
This refusal to give her data caused the operator to stop treating her about you, even losing the forms and telling her that these data were requested anywhere and that without this information, she could not participate in the raffle.
This last statement made Angeles put on alert again, since the message that she had received did not say anything about a raffle but rather implied that she had directly won it.
Apparently, when the message said “you have been chosen for a shopping cart” what it really meant was “you have been chosen to participate in a drawing of a shopping cart. At this point, Angeles thought that the conversation It was getting nowhere, and the operator on the other end of the phone kept prolonging it unnecessarily and not being as respectful as at first, so Angeles decided to say she was not interested in the promotion and ended the call.
The end result: a call of less than 5 five minutes, which had cost her about € 7 and in which she had failed to find out anything useful about the SMS of the supposed prize.
With the intention of gathering a little more information, Ángeles searched the Internet for the Premium phone number she had called, and she found several messages from users that warned that it was a scam, although none provided much information about it. She also searched for the company located in Rio de Janeiro, but the searches for her also did not produce satisfactory results.
Although she could not prove that the SMS she had received was a scam, she was left with the feeling that there was something wrong behind these types of messages and she wanted to share her experience with other OSI users.
How to identify this type of SMS?
We receive them from a sender that we do not know. Usually a special rate number.
They offer us very attractive prizes.
They talk about raffles in which we have not participated.
They do not give specific details of the prize, nor any reference point where we can physically ask about the promotion.
To get the prize we have won, we must call a special rate number, which begins with 806.