Yesterday I received a Text from WARID Telecom that I have won a prize of Rs.5 Million. I was not only surprised but shocked, because I didn’t participate in any of this prize winning competition, then I carefully checked the sender’s ID, no doubt that message was from WARID. Here is the text
“Dear Customer, we are glad to inform you that you have won a grand prize of Rs.5 Million, Congratulations! Our representative will be in touch with you shortly”
The sender ID was appearing as Warid, so there was nothing to worry about, in fact I was confused, because this was something which was pinning me.
After few Minutes, I received a call, the calling number was of Warid Telecom, with 0321******* code. That man introduced himself as representative of Warid, he congratulated me, and said to me that if I want to claim my prize – I will have to send them an amount of Rs.10,000 through easypaisa, as this is their policy.
Anyways, after his call, I made a call to the Warid helpline, and told them the story, they said that was a bogus call and SMS.
Here was question, how those fraud guys used ‘Warid‘name as sender ID while sending me Text? I thought to investigate the matter on internet.
Then I came to know, that these types of SMSs are called as Mask SMS, where you can set the sender’s ID whatever you want, either a digital number, or a Telco’s name e.g Warid.
After my research I came to know that there are a lot of online companies, which are offering Mask SMS services (I am not mentioning names because of the security reasons).
What you need to get their services? Only a credit card, and you can get easily their service, and fraud people are doing same and are looting people here in Pakistan.
Check out the below screenshots of Mask SMS service provider company’s SMS sending process:
Now whatever you would write in “SMS from” that will appear as the send ID on the receiver’s mobile screen. If you write, Warid, and will send this text to any of Warid’s number, he would simply thinks that the message is being sent from Warid officially.
This is a really concern, and alarming situation not only for mobile phone companies but the people of Pakistan. If any of you receive any such type of SMS, please do not respond, and immediately contact the helpline of the mobile phone company.