SMS Lottery Scam Uncovered In Oz

A scam that targets people's greed as been uncovered by the Australian Communcations and  Media Authority (ACMA).

A scam that targets people's greed as been uncovered by the Australian Communcations and  Media Authority (ACMA).

It is sent via SMS and tells people they have won the lottery. It starts: "Your mobile number won $1,000,000.00.USD in the [NAME] worldwide mobile promo. Reply via sms for more info or email:madeupemail@anydomainyoulike.com, Congratulations!!"

If you have received any message of this nature, or a variation of it, you should ignore it and report it to the ACMA by forwarding the message to 0429 999 888.

You should then delete the message from your phone, says the ACMA, and you should definitely not reply to it.

It might seem nice to think you have hit the jackpot, but it is important to remember that these messages are scams and under no circumstances should you respond to the message or provide any information, such as your name, address or your banking details. By replying to these messages, you are just confirming your mobile number to the spammer.

If you are unsure about whether you might have won something, a good indicator is to remember that it is very difficult to win a competition you didn’t enter.

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