Saturday, July 20, 2013

Awakened to Textspam

While trying to get some sleep, I received five text messages in just a few minutes:

From: CRCEZ@AMVWRFD.com
Subject:Message id:CZZC
CentralPacificBan.k CWGG alert 597567.Please call [515]309-6975

From: CQGTZ@VGSZKKR.com
Subject:Message id:CQQM
CentralPacificBan.k AWQG alert 123759.Please call [515]309-6975

From: RCZXS@BEYDMJY.com
Subject:Message id:FZJD
CentralPacificBan.k FRQL alert 565497.Please call [515]309-6975

From: PHGUK@KBRUVBT.com
Subject:Message id:FZEX
CentralPacificBan.k QQNG alert 977814.Please call [515]309-6975

From: CLFUQ@MWKQQXS.com
Subject:Message id:HPYH
CentralPacificBan.k QAGM alert 713353.Please call [515]309-6975
Doing a reverse lookup revealed the number given as registered to a customer of cellular provider Windstream, a company formerly known as Paetec. Getting through to a real person at customer service was a bit difficult, but eventually I spoke to someone who asked me to send my complaint to abuse@hostedsolutions.com
and I paused only long enough to post this information on my blog.

The reported goal of the spammer is to get you to call the number, then you'll be told that your credit card has been blocked. You will then be directed to enter your card number to unblock it. Of course, it's just a phishing scam and the scammers are just trying to steal your credit card information.

Duane Browning
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