A few days ago I started receiving text messages on my cell phone that notified me of a problem with my Sovereign Bank account. The problem is that I don’t have a Sovereign Bank account. A local Lowell Sun reader also sent me an email asking about the same phishing text messages.
If you are interested, you can search the Internet for the source of a phone number.
The phone number that was included in phishing message was 636-243-9102 Check out,
http://whocallsme.com/Phone-Number.aspx/6362439102 and you will find a lot of people who have received similar text messages. Don’t waste your time responding to text messages that contain “urgent” notices. Think about it, did you ever give your bank your cell number? If you ever receive a text message from your bank, call your bank directly to verify any “urgent” notice. Don’t use the phone number in the text message. It probably doesn’t ring your bank.
It is relatively easy to generate a text message. All you need to do is to open up the text message application on your phone, punch in a phone number and message, and away it goes. There are computer programs that will also allow you easily send text messages from a computer. The computer program can be altered to send an “urgent” message to a large block of cell phone numbers. Isn’t technology wonderful?
The good news is that there are methods to determine the true origin of an email, text message, or anonymous telephone call. Do you really believe that code that you typed into your cell phone will really make you untraceable? Some of the methods to determine the true identity behind a phone call require a court order. If you are a criminal, the bad news is that you might be able to use technology to find victims but that same technology will make it easy for law enforcement to find you. Don’t even think that you can hide behind your cell phone! If you are considering a life of crime, don’t even think about owning a cell phone.
If you would like to place a complaint, http://www.fcc.gov/guides/spam-unwanted-text-messages-and-email has all the information required to report text messages or SPAM.
CROOK FINKS ON GOOGLE
A convicted con artist, David Whitaker, participated in a sting on google. When the FBI caught up with him, he sung like a bird and agreed to show federal agents the secrets of importing illegal prescription drugs. Whitaker has already been a repeated guest in the prison system and wasn’t looking forward to another very long sentence. Google was accused of improperly profiting from advertisements to illegally import prescription drugs and agreed to forfeit $500M to avoid criminal prosecution. Is google really the big fish in the foreign prescription drug industry?