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SMS Scam: This is my New Roaming Number

Posted on October 13, 2009  in Personal Experiences

We got hold of a new SMS scam. Actually this is not new, but this sms message has been discussed in the comments of my previous Hon Load Mo Ako text scam post. I am just distressed that after the sad events brought by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, these scammers are back to their scheming activities too soon.

The sms that Raven and I got looks like this:

kmsta kau, I2 na new roaming # ko nsimblock kc ung dati ko #, nga pla may ipa2dala me jang pa2kage at kunting pera bhala na kau, meron ding cp meron ka dun. Kanyakanya nem kau dun.sya bka pwd loadan nyo ako ng 300 para mkatxt ako jan. Ms na ms ko na kau. Godbless.

Sender # +639392207784

To the benefit of my non-Filipino readers I am roughly translating it in English.

How are you? This is my new roaming number. My previous number got sim blocked. By the way, I will send home some package and some money too, in the package there are some cell phone units, you can get one. Can you load me 300 pesos so that I can sent text/sms message. I miss you all so much! God Bless.

Why it is some sort of a “hit” to Filipinos? I assume that there are many Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) abroad who are fond of using a roaming sim cards (they argued that its cheaper to for their loved ones in PH to send SMS there). Electronic mobile phone loading businesses are also popular that even the neighborhood store have one (hence: the monetization vehicle is present). One of the top reasons I believe is that some Filipinos are so trusting and many pinoys are just not informed that such schemes exist, so this is some personal advocacy of mine to expose known SMS scam in this blog.

My advise is simple: Be paranoid. Do not trust unknown numbers sending sms.

Spiderham also received some variant of the scam, you can find his post and advise in his Scams 101: New SMS scam uncovered

I would like to share a comment of a reader that was recently victimized:

Submitted by HUNNY_bunny on 2009/10/11 at 4:22pm

Hi..nakakahiya man but unfortunately, ako yata ang pinakalatest victim ng scam na to.actually i want to keep it na lang sana to myself kasi feeling ko ang tanga ko talaga. gaya ng mga kwento nyo, i received a text last thursday night (October 8, 2009), saying na “ETO YUNG NEW ROAMING NUMBER KO, NAGPALIT AKO NG NUMBER KSI LAGENG WALANG SIGNAL YUNGG DATI KONG NUMBER, MAY PADALA KONG PACKAGE WITH CELLPHONE AND MONEY NEXT WEEK, ANTAYIN NYO HA..TNX AND MISS YOU ALL”..pero walang name kung sino sya, so i assume na sya yung pamangkin ko n nsa somewhere in middle east.so I txtd back “sean kaw b yan?” and sbi nya “yes ako nga to”.so nagtiwala na ko kasi super close talga kmi nung pamangkin ko tsaka sobrang thankful ako sa kanya kasi lage syang nagpapadala ng mga gamit for may baby and lage syang nagttx sa kin.then after a couple of txt nag request sya n pa loadan ko sya ng 300, niloadan ko naman ksi talgang laht ng request ng pamangkin ko sinusunod ko.after ko sya maloadan, nag nag text pa ng “thank you”…then the following morning Oct.9 nagtx ulet and dun n nagsimula na mag propose ng business about prepaid cards,sabi nya nabebenta ng 1,320 yung 500 na smart en globe dun..to make the story short pinadalhan ko sya ng 500 20smart en 20globe cards via text..nang ganun kadali since i have business kseh ng prepaids cards so madami ako stocks talga.after ko masend s kanya lahat ng prepaid dun ako biglang kinutuban na baka hindi sya yung pamangkin ko..so tinawagan ko yung pamangkin ko sa landline nya sa abroad en BOOOOM! yun na hindi nga sya yung katx ko!grabe para kong hihimatayin talga!!!kasi naloko ko ng ganun kadali, hindi na ko nag isip!!!nasilaw kasi ko sa laki ng kikitain na halos triple ang tubo, kya parang di na ko nag isip and na excite ako agad…ayun almost 20k ang nawala sa kin..eto yung number nung ngtxt sa kin:

0917xxxyyzz (number verification under process)

May last text sa kanya is sabi ko masaya ka na ngayon kasi nakaloko ka pero siguradong may kapalit yan.

To HUNNY_bunny, thank you for sharing your story. It is really sad that you fell for the scam. I hope that the spammers will have bad karma soon. In the mean time, lets be vigilant and be aware of their modus operandi and spread the info to others.

To the readers of this blog: Let’s share this knowledge on sms scam to others (especially to our not-so-techie-friendly folks, friends, family, relatives and so on).

If you receive similar text or sms scam, feel free to leave a message here.

If you have blog post discussing the sms scam experience, feel free to post the link here too.

0 thoughts on “SMS Scam: This is my New Roaming Number”

  1. I received that kind of text from someone twice na (I think with a week or two gap). I don’t know if it was from the same person but I just replied [Sino ka?]to both. I have a tita in the states but that text was too unclear or unaddressed – my tita would include my name and her name if was from her.

    I know it’s a scam. But I am waiting for the texter to ask for money or what.

    Thanks for the post. Googled and landed on your site. 🙂

  2. i receive the same txt. it contains ” musta na kau dyan pinas? ito na ung roaming ko. ngpadala n ako ng package dyan.pki loadan kmu ako ng 300 kc bka biglaan ang uwi ko tawagan ko lng ung agency” assume kagad ako na ung sis ko un from UAE kc uuwi nga sya dis 1st wik of dec at me package nga syang pinadala. tpos ngpapaload ulit ng 300 then followed by dlawang 1000. then after a day tumawag ang sis ko kya nalaman nmin na di sya un. ok lng sna ung pera kso nakakahiya dun sa parents ko kc tinawagan ko pa cla informing na ngpapaload ung sis ko kya cla ang ngpaload ng 600. tpos sakin ung 2thou kc wala na dw clang money. bkit di nababalita ang ganitong scam. ang nababalitaan ko lng kc eh tungkol dun sa mga raffle. wala akong nababalitaang ganito kya di ako ngduda…. sus wala nabang magawa ang mga ganitong manloloko sna maexpose ito kawawa ang mga nabibiktima.

  3. ngemail nrin ako sa NTC kso ang sagot iblock dw nila ang sim asap. di ba nila gagawan ng masmalalim na aksyon ang mga ganitong scam?. eh ang daling bumili ng sim. sure ako na sinira na nun ung ginamit nyang sim at bibili ulit ng iba pra makapambiktima ulit.

  4. hi guys.. we are the new victim of this new scam,and it contains the same message that was received by the others.. heres the message: “Kmusta kau jan. miss na miss ko na kau, nga pla eto na bgo kong roaming number. ok lng naman ako dito” this message as sent thru my brother, and to think that this is my uncle in UK (United Kingdom.. then my father txt the number who send the message.. my father replied “k lng kmi d2, kau kmusta jn? ang inang kmusta?twagan mko bayaw” then the nnumber replied: “mwawalan ako ng load pag tinwagan ko kau,loadan nio ko 500”..(Nov.16 im not sure) then my father ignores the message and to think that this is a joke.. then november 23(the next wik).. if im not mistaken, it’s already 9pm in the evening,my mother told me to txt my tito to buy a 4 piece of assorted chocolates in can.. then the number replied and said “oo cge, oh kmusta na nga kau jn?”.. my father replied ” ok lng kmi, oh wag mo pabyaan ang BP ng inang ha.. bantayn mo.” the scammer replies again ” oo cge wag kau mg ala2x, my sasabihin nga pla ko senyu”..

    1. [part 2 of carl0 comment]
      to make the story short my father ask this person about the message, then he proposed for a bussines load in UK. nov 24 (4AM) still the person is asking to buy the prepaid cards, so my father went somwhere to buy those f*cking prepaid cards.. he ask in the morning and the other cards in the afternoon.. all in all 42 SMART BUddy card, 20 globe prepaid cards each card worth 500 Pesos! ngduda na kmi nung kinagabihan.. ng joke kc ako.. “Pnu if hndi si tito yan?” kc humingi n2man xa ng 42 smart at 38 na globe.. aun na, nagtanung na kmi ng personal at wla na xang nsagot, ni hndi xa makatwag e.. sana naman maaksyonan to kagad ng NTC!!! grbe almost 36K nwala samin!!.. sana makulong tong mga to!!

      heres the number: +639063686502
      at pag tinawagan mo pa, ang sasabihin “the number you dial is incorect!!”

  5. hi guys! we are the new victim of this sms scam.. it contains the same message that was received by the others.. heres the message “Kmusta kau jan? ok lng ako dito, miss na miss ko na kau, nga pala eto na bgo kong roaming number”.. this message was sent thru my brother, to think na eto ang tito ko sa UK.. (United Kingdom)i think this was dated november 16,09 the november 23 9pm.. tnxt nila momy tong number na to kc ngpapdala kmi ng 4 boxes of assorted chocolates, then the number replies “oo cge, oh kmusta na nga kau jn? my sasabihin pala ako sainyo”.. then my father replied to the message: “ok cge, anu un?” then aun na ng proposed na xa ng business loads sa UK.. kc daw ung 500 prepaid card e 1,500 binebenta sknla.. inignore namin to untl hanggang madaling araw ngtxt pa din xa and asking na bumili na kc nag aantay na mga customer.. until ngkaron na ng araw.. aun na, una 7 smart.. 5 na globe.. hanggang sa 21 pieces na (smart at globe) until afternoon un, tiwala kmi kc tito ko nga to..

    1. [part 2 of carL0!comment]
      pinapasend nia ung mga pin thru txt lng.. all in all 42SMART 20GLOBE CARDS.. 500 pesos each.. kinagabihan ng txt na xa ulit.. bukas naman daw 45SMART at 38GLOBE.. dun nko ngulat kc humigit 50k na to pg binili pa namn to.. then i started a joke “panu if hindi si tito to” pero tinamaan din ako sa joke ko.. kc ngduda na rin cla, ni hindi xa mkatwag.. iba ung no. na nkalagay sa mga tito.. tapos pag tinawagan mo xa sa2bihin “the number you dial is incorrect”.. halos P34,000 thousand ang nalabas namin.. sana mhuli an tong mga to sana gawan to pagaaral kc kawawa naman ung iba.. hirap ng buhay ngaun, tas my mga ganyang tao pa!

      heres the number: +639063686502

    2. @carl0 @carl0!
      I divided your comments into 2 parts to comply with my comment policy

      Its sad to hear what happened to you. My advise is to spread the word about this scam so that we can make raise people’s awareness.

  6. i just got the same text a while ago and reported it immediately to Globe. Here’s the number of the scammer who sent the message – 0915-2400265

  7. i just email the NTC last Nov 24 after mauto ako ng scammer na yan. and ntuwa ako kc ngreply kagad. then hiningi ung name, address and contact # ko. after marecieve daw nila ung info iblock dw kagad ung # ASAP pa daw. kya expect ko na di na magagamit ung load na pinadala ko. tpos today naisipan ko lng na imiss call nagring… lintek na NTC imbes na di nagamit ung pinaload ko bka ginamit pa para mambiktima ng iba… ang galing talaga magtrabaho ng mga nsa gobyerno….

  8. nga pla, mga number ng t*rantado… 0926-351-81-66 and 0926-516-75-68 take note they also use chikka. ganito na ba ka-desperado ang mga na manloloko na yan… sa bagay pilipino… ISANG MANLOLOKO AT ISANG NALOLOKO.

  9. yah nscam aq of about 12500 of cellphone load.. 25 na 500 cards.. gnun na gnun dn.. sb nia eto bgo roaming number ko.. like that.. then proposes business ksi 2800 dw dun ang cp card..

  10. ako din sobrang trust ko kase sa friends ko akala ko tlga xa un.. sobrang sad… pinaghirapang ko ung natira sa bonus ko… i lost 6k.. sana tlga mahuli na toh at makarma cla all through out their lives….

  11. gayan din nagyari sa misis ko ngayon. globe sim naman binalewala lang ng globe general services mag email na lang daw. stop na ako paggamit ng roaming globe o smart . hindi maganda madali makaloko ang mga masasamang tao. kailangan ipagdasal natin sila na biyayaan sila ng marangal na trabaho ng Diyos. Kawawa naman mga umaasa sa kanila. pano kung may baby sila.

    skills ng sales agent ang ginagamit nila. at networker.

  12. I also got the same sms. Buti na lang aware na ako na may ganitong scam. I replied na I’ll will report the number to globe and ang sinagot lang sa akin is “sure”.

    Beware of this number —> 0906-501-9482

  13. It happened to me too. And what’s worse nasa Canada ako and I’m using roaming. Di ako makahanap ng bagong SIM and kakaload ko pa lang. Pero it’s weird.. di ako makatext ngayon and di ako makareceive. HELP!!! paano yun? I’m waiting pa naman for a text re: my sick lola. kakabwisit!!!

    First, I got the roaming msg. pero sabi ko sino ‘to, wrong number? kasi I’m roaming here in Canada and I don’t text anyone that’s roaming too.. so definitely mali na-text nya. Then the next day I got another text. Here’s the number and message (+63 905 281 9937) “hon send mo ako load 150pesos d2 new cp# 0905 281 9877 ko” KAKABWISIT talaga!!!

  14. hi there… i guess we have the same experience(receiving scam msgs)… although i got lucky because i don’t count myself as a victim of these… actually not only in my mobile but also in my email where i received a deceitful messages such as this… just a tip to everyone… once you received this msg on your phone try to check the number right away because there should be more than eleven digit number in roaming… that is what i observed when my friends texted me abroad using there roaming number… and that is what i did… so when i first received the scam text msg… i respond to them since i got unlimited txt…this what i txted to them: Ewan ko kung anong klaseng kaluluwa mayroon ka… pero na aatim mong manloko ng kapwa mo para lang sa ikabubuhay mong batugan ka…ga** ka…

  15. maricris granil

    hi there, same thing happened to my kumpare, may nagtext sa kanya pretending na asawa ko, kasi asawa ko who also work in dubai. 12K pesos nakuha sa knya..gawa ng tiwala nya..ba buong akala nya asawa ko ang te-text sa knya. walangya talaga ang mga taong ganun.may karma din sila.

  16. I got the same text last month, and so did my brother. We simply replied, “Salamat sa pagpapadala mo ng pera, naway naging blessing yun sa maraming tao, subalit hindi naman kita kilala, kaya di ko din matatangap yun.” hehe

  17. This scam is still going on.I just received one earlier this morning.

    their cel # : 0916-357-2700

    To discourage these scams, make sure to ASK FIRST who they are and who they’re texting. DO NOT ASSUME it’s a relative or friend overseas.

  18. na biktima din yata ako… anyone who can help me para matrace ang cp number ng nagtext sakin… please help….