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Manila Bankers SMS Spam


I got this SMS spam over the weekend. I consider this as SMS SPAM because I did not subscribe to anything related to MANILA BANKERS.

manila-bankers-sms-spam

Sender’s Number: +639998886367

Message from:
MANILA BANKERS

FINAL NOTIFICATION:
Good day!
As part of our THANKSGIVING PROGRAM, you are entitled to receive EXCLUSIVE REWARDS and PRIVILEGES from MANILA BANKERS.

For further information, call:
(02) 5776949
(02) 5708339
(02) 5776972
from 9am-5pm only and look for Ms. Grace Laza for assistance. Thank you and God Bless.

The text message have the classic “enticing reward” bait but sorry MANILA BANKERS spammer, it was a epic fail sms spam. Try it again so that I may consider upgrading your classification to sms scam.

It is interesting to note that with my previous mobile service provider, I got tons of these sms spam and scam but with my new mobile service provider this was the first SMS spam in about six months of subscription.

And speaking of sms spams, I got some replies from twitter that it seems Sam Mendoza SMS spam and scam is making rounds again in 2013? Maybe I need to do an update post here at menardconnect.com soon…

Email Scam: Classic 419 Fraud of Mr. Idrisa Ahmed

As my Sam Mendoza SMS Scam post continues with its record breaking comments streak, I will be posting another variant of scam and this time its the classic 419 email scam. I got it from my hotmail account a few days ago and I am sharing it as an public service and awareness campaign to all readers of my blog.


Dear friend,

I am writing to seek your cooperation over this business, Please due welcome this letter.

I am Mr.Idrisa Ahmed, the director of the accounts & auditing dept. at the African Development Bank Ouagadougou-west Africa . (A D B). With due respect, I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be beneficial to both of us.

At the bank’s last accounts/auditing evaluations, my staffs came across an old account which was being maintained by a foreign client who we learnt was among the deceased passengers of motor accident on November. 2003, the deceased was unable to run this account since his death. The account has remained dormant without the knowledge of his family since it was put in a safe deposit account in the bank for future investment by the client.

Since his demise, even the members of his family haven’t applied for claims over this fund and it has been in the safe deposit account until I discovered that it cannot be claimed since our client is a foreign national and we are sure that he has no next of kin here to file claims over the money. As the director of the department, this discovery was brought to my office so as to decide what is to be done. I decided to seek ways through which to transfer this money out of the bank and out of the country too.

The total amount in the account is Ten million five hundred thousand dollars (USD 10,500,000.00).with my positions as staffs of the bank, I am handicapped because I cannot operate foreign accounts and cannot lay bonafide claim over this money. The client was a foreign national and you will only be asked to act as his next of kin and I will supply you with all the necessary information and bank data to assist you in being able to transfer this money to any bank of your choice where this money could be transferred into.

The total sum will be shared as follows: 50% for me, 50% for you and expenses incidental occur during the transfer will be incur by both of us. The transfer is risk free on both sides hence you are going to follow my instruction till the fund transfer to your account.

Since I work in this bank that is why you should be confident in the success of this transaction because you will be updated with information as at when desired.

I will wish you to keep this transaction secret and confidential as I am hoping to retire with my share of this money at the end of transaction which will be when this money is safety in your account. I will then come over to your country for sharing according to the previously agreed percentages. You might even have to advise me on possibilities of investment in your country or elsewhere of our choice. May God help you to help me to a restive retirement, Amen.

Please for further information and enquires feel free to contact me back immediately for more explanation and better understanding.

I am waiting for your urgent response!

Thanks and remain blessed.
Mr Idrisa Ahmed

This type of mail is still making rounds and I wonder why.

Here are my learnings on email scams post:

  • Awareness is the key. Be aware of email scams and its different variations.
  • If the deal seems too good to be true then be suspicious and consult your family and your friends about it.
  • If you suspect that it’s a scam, don’t reply to the email and don’t entertain future emails with similar offer.
  • Report to authorities as you deem proper.

I mentioned them also in my Dan Maha 419 Scam post.

I hope you find this post informative.

For more scam posts and advisory visit these posts

Email Scam: Classic 419 Fraud of Mr. Dan Maha

As my post on Sam Mendoza SMS Scam is getting a some attention (and lots of comments too 🙂 ), I will be posting another variant of scam and this time its email scam. I got it from my free email account recently and I am sharing the as an awareness campaign to all readers of this blog.

It is very classic 419 Fraud/Nigerian Scam, read on…

Subject: Confidential Respond.

Message content:
Confidential Respond.

Good day!
I am Mr.Dan Maha director auditing and accounting department” bank of Africa (boa) Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso .I discovered the sum of seven million, two hundred thousand dollars (usd7.2) belonging to a deceased customer of this bank the fund has been lying in a suspense account without anybody coming to put claim over the money since the account owner late, Mr Salla khat from Lebanese who was involved in the December 28th 2006 Benin car crash.

it is therefore, upon this discovery that i decided to take this ultimatum and make this business proposal to you as the fund will be release to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and i don’t want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bill the banking rules here stipulates that if such money remained unclaimed after five years, the money will be transferred into the bank treasury as unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact that the deceased customer was a foreigner and a Burkina be cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner.

Therefore, I am soliciting for your assistance to come forward as the next of kin. I have agreed that 40% of this money will be for you as the beneficiary respect of the provision of your account and service rendered, 60% will be for me. Then immediately the money transferred to your account from this bank, I will proceed to your country for the sharing of the fund. Call me through my telephone: +226 xxx yy zz.

Yours faithful,
Mr.Dan Maha.

Nigerian Scam or 419 Fraud is a classic email scam. The usual modus operandi is like: scammer sends email to unsuspecting users describing some big amount of money or inheritance left by someone who died (usually in a foreign country) and does not have immediate relatives/kin to claim the inheritance. The scammer will try to persuade the future victim to pretend to be a relative of the dead person and claim the inheritance and afterwards they split the supposed inheritance between the scammer and the claimer. The scammer will ask the future victim to send them money to facilitate transfer and other procedures and as a token of trust. But the heart of the scam is that after the victim send the money to the scammer, they will be gone forever… poof!

To give some *credit* to the scammer, the english language and grammar is a lot better now, but the punctuation and capitalization sucks (You scammy guys should do more QA before sending this scam again). But sadly they send it to the wrong person and I’m exposing it here as another EPIC FAIL Nigerian Scam.

In my opinion here some key learnings with Nigerian scams:

  • Awareness is the key. Be aware of email scams and its different variations.
  • If the deal seems too good to be true then be suspicious and consult your family and your friends about it.
  • If you suspect that it’s a scam, don’t reply to the email and don’t entertain future emails with similar offer.
  • Report to authorities as you deem proper.

I will add more tips, email samples, and other helpful links against email scam (and spam) here in my blog in the future.

Spam SMS for January 2010

I got another spam sms this month:

Greetings! This is Hector Gaylican of CO*CO*PLANS INC. We are proudly informing you that you are chosen as one of our lucky recipients who is entitled to claim a two year SCHOLARSHIP CERT. GRANT and PERSONAL INSURANCE CERT. Your security claiming code is (M*V*S-2*436-C*C*P) ABSOLUTELY FREE! you may claim your certificate on Jan. 06 to 07, 2010 in our Makati redemption center. Please call @Tel.# 8563170/8563167/8562317 between 10am-5pm Thanks and God bless!

Sender: +639266718572

Wow! You guys now have security code, but for me this SMS is still a SPAM.

For now I am classifying this text message as spam sms, since sender is just spamming, I also bleeped some details of your supposed company. But if you keep on spamming me and my friends I might elevate your status to SMS SCAM (like the This is my new roaming number sms scam or the infamous Marie Velasco sms scam).

Spam SMS: Bulk SMS Sending Software

I got another unsolicited SMS message today. I initially thought it was from Marie Velasco 🙂 but sadly it was not. It was an spam sms inviting me to try their bulk SMS sending software. Here is the message:

Bulk SMS Snding Sftwre fr Mobile Mrktng! Snd Thsands of SMS easily frm cmputer. Plitical cmpaign, Mrkting/Prmotion, Ntification, SMS Blast. Call/txt 09xx826yyzz

But they have not convinced me to try their software. It seems it strips the vowel in your sms messages 🙂

If you are also receiving some spam sms, please feel free to leave some comments here.

Another SMS Spam

We got another annoying Spam SMS making rounds this week. The message goes:

PGMA CHARITY FOUNDATION, informing you that ur CELL# had w0n 950,000,00 2ndprize last Aug13,09. DTI#01401 series of 2009 PLS call us NW,im,£eah lopez,

Sender’s Number:
+639265433382

Setting aside my political opinion (especially on the choice of foundation name 🙂 ), here are some of my advise on unsolicited sms messages:
1. Any message telling you that you have won a big prize via SMS is either a SMS Spam or an SMS scam.
Why? Simple logic will tell you that if the organizers can really give that much money, then they should have means to call you (via mobile phone or landline) and not send SMS.
Also in my opinion prizes this big needs some notification via telegram of postal mail.
2. Beware of sketchy SMS messages that have DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) permit number xxxyyyzz, series of year wwww. Scammers think that putting this will add credibility to their modus operandi, but they are mere numbers for me. You can check it with DTI yourself.

If you also receive similar unsolicited sms messages, kindly leave some comments here.

Pharma-related Spam SMS in the Philippines

It seems that pharmacy related Spam SMS are now invading the Philippines. Good thing they are yet using some “advanced” method of sms sending that some scammer/s are using here in the country.

Here is what I’ve gotten hold this week:

EREC*TILE PRO*BLEM? Try “H****CS” Now! An amazing food supplement from Korea. Enhance your L*bido & Boost your Energy – Call 561xxyy/563zzzz or visit www.h****cs.***.

I’m bleeping the company name and the contact number, but I’m posting the sender’s number.
Sender: +639278174654

To the sender, you can contact me via my contact page

But the fact remains, you send us SMS message and its unsolicted hence it’s a SPAM SMS.

If you also receive similar unsolicited sms messages, kindly leave some comments here.

Spam SMS for June

My Hon Load Mo Ko Text Scam post is getting some hits and continue to get comments. So I guess the scammer is still active.

And speaking of SMS, here are some Spam SMS that me and my friends got this month of June:

SMS #1

Good News!
Claim your FREE MEDICAL PRIVILEGE CARD from xxxxxxx HEALTH SHIELD. Plus an additional raffle entry for our KITCHEN SHOWCASE DRAW. To claim this PRIVILEGES please call (02) xxyyzzz (02) aabbccc upon receipt of this message from 9am-5pm.Mon-sat. Look for Ms. “Jane Doe” . Many Thanks, God Bless. Call NOW to secure an additional 50,000 HOUSEHOLD CONTENT FIRE INSURANCE. (DISREGARD IF CLAIMED)

Wow! 50,000 Household Content Fire Insurance! What’s that by the way?
I bleeped the name of the company and the telephone number, same policy that I do for first time SMS spammers.

SMS #2

Cashloan fr Bdo n Chnatrust for as low as 1.2 per mo.Int.CAR FINANCING BRANDNEW N 2ND HAND UNIT!CAR MORTGAGE ‘ORCR’ ONLY! Truck loan n Property Loan!Interestd.You may kol ms.xxxxx at aabbccc, ddeeffff, gghhiiii.Or email at “spammername”@yahoo.com!

Another Wow! Truck Loan and Property Loan. If I have one of those Optimus Grime Truck displayed at Eastwood CityPark Mall, I will contact you 🙂

Do you also receive unsolicited SMS messages every now and then? If yes, feel free to share to us by leaving some comments here.

Annoying Spam SMS of the Week

My definition for Spam SMS are unsolicited SMS (Short Messaging Service) messages that are junk and not needed. Most probably you do not know the sender. You also did not subscribe to receive such kinds of sms. They are not SMS scam per se, but they are annoying nonetheless.

SMS #1

Bulk SMS Sending from Mobile Marketing! Send thousands of SMS easily from the computer. Political Campaign, Promotions.Call 0922xxxxxxx / txt ur email or fax #

SMS #2

Good day!

Need cash fast?
Avail a n0n-collateral cash loan at xxxxxTxxxT Bank.
As low as 1.39% interest monthly, a minimum of
50thousand up to maximum of 1Million.

For more information,
please call at 02-xxxxxxx or yyyyyyy
and look for AAAA.

*SELF-EMPL0YED and PROFESSIONALS are now accepted.

(Note: This is randomly selected and manualy generated text message, if you are not interested just disregard this message.)

SMS#3

Hi!Good day!We offer 1 day process & No processing fee to AVAIL our CASH LOAN from xxxxxTxxxT BANK.Pls. Call xxx-xxxx / yyy-yyyy or zzz-zzzz.Look for aaa bbbb cccc or dddd.Ty

I have bleeped details to protect their privacy of the senders. Let me know if you are also receiving such spam sms and related junk messages by putting some comments at the end of the post.

Update: 2009.08.20.

I am updating this post and put all unsolicited sms messages from this blog:

PGMA CHARITY FOUNDATION, informing you that ur CELL# had w0n 950,000,00 2ndprize last Aug13,09. DTI#01401 series of 2009 PLS call us NW,im,£eah lopez,

Sender: +639265433382

EREC*TILE PRO*BLEM? Try “H****CS” Now! An amazing food supplement from Korea. Enhance your L*bido & Boost your Energy – Call 561xxyy/563zzzz or visit www.h****cs.***.

Sender: +639278174654

Good News!
Claim your FREE MEDICAL PRIVILEGE CARD from xxxxxxx HEALTH SHIELD. Plus an additional raffle entry for our KITCHEN SHOWCASE DRAW. To claim this PRIVILEGES please call (02) xxyyzzz (02) aabbccc upon receipt of this message from 9am-5pm.Mon-sat. Look for Ms. “Jane Doe” . Many Thanks, God Bless. Call NOW to secure an additional 50,000 HOUSEHOLD CONTENT FIRE INSURANCE. (DISREGARD IF CLAIMED)

Cashloan fr Bdo n Chnatrust for as low as 1.2 per mo.Int.CAR FINANCING BRANDNEW N 2ND HAND UNIT!CAR MORTGAGE ‘ORCR’ ONLY! Truck loan n Property Loan!Interestd.You may kol ms.xxxxx at aabbccc, ddeeffff, gghhiiii.Or email at “spammername”@yahoo.com!

Gud day! SCB gives personal loan 50k to 2M For only 1.28% up to 48 months.Plus get a FREE ZEST AIR Fare. 4 more details call xxxyyzz luk 4 GERALD.GOD BLESS

Gud News 2 all Employees! Need Cash fast ! BoroW avail fr.30K up2 1milion as low 1.39% int/mo. Atleast w/15K basic salary Jus prepare ur reqts aTTN.MS.JHEN aaabbcc/dddeeff. w/c itr 2316,1mo. lates payslip,2id’s co.id & ader govt id bak2 bak w/3 signature.& optional latest COE w/ brekdown inc. from.-citibank,Maybank, GE Money bank, premier bnk,planters bnk,standard chartered & .If ntrested,u may tex ur name, company & tel. #Thanks

Hon Load Mo Ako Text Scam

I got this sms message from +639064579932

Send your own SMS with SMSCaster ! >hon d2 ka mag reply load mo ako 300pesos

One look and I know it’s a SMS TEXT scam. I asked Raven and some friends and they did receive such text messages before. Searching the internet, it seems this scam is rampant in the Philippines. The perpetrator is using different cellular phone numbers and requesting for different amounts of cellphone load ranging from 30 pesos to 300 pesos.

It uses a good social engineering technique: “Hon” is the shortened form of “Honey” a popular term of endearment among couples in the Philippines. One possible setup scenario is that the scammer pretends to be the sweetheart who may have lost his/her cellular phone and he/she is using a different number and then asks for phone prepaid load. Mobile phone prepaid loading business is very popular in the Philippines. Even the smallest neighborhood “sari-sari” store have this prepaid mobile phone loading system.

Digging further on the SMSCaster keyword, I found some information about their business. The site describes their software as:

a Bulk SMS text messaging software for businesses to send marketing & advertising SMS messages to customers with mobile phone from PC (personal computers)

I don’t know if they are legitimate company or not, but they are being used by scammers that’s for sure.

To the scammer: I will make your scheme known to the whole menardconnected world. I’ll make you (in)famous! 🙂
I might even collect the numbers you use and post it here and do more awareness posts on your shameless deeds.

To the readers of this blog: I know you are smart enough to know that this is a scam, but my advise is that you share this knowledge to others (especially to your not-so-techie-friendly folks, friends, relatives and so on). If you receive similar text scam, feel free to leave a message here. If you have blog post discussing the experience, we can even do link exchange if you like.

Lets expose all scammers ok?

Update 02.25.2009

Scammer’s Number:

+639064579932

+639278531221

+639155272771

Update: 2009.08.19
Another SMS Scam worth knowing:
SMS Scam: Marie Velasco