Cell phones have now become a tool for scamming. Cell phone/text scams are everywhere. In the Philippines, cell phone/text scams are becoming a serious threat to unsuspecting cell phone users. In my other site, I have discussed how my wife got a text message from the Philippine Charity Foundation (PCF) which is a text scam carried out by fraudulent individuals who know nothing but make one on other people. Please read the article linked in this paragraph for you to learn how these scammers/frauds lure other people into giving them private information like bank accounts, ATM PIN codes and other data.
How do you fight cell phone scams? Here are a few things you can do:
- Do not believe that you have won tons of cash from suspicious groups like the Philippine Charity Foundation.
- Don’t give your real name, bank account, and other information.
- You do the asking.
- Keep the person on the phone until his cell phone load runs out. lol!
- Best approach is do not text back to text messages telling you that you’ve won in a lottery or contest which you have never joined in.
In the Philippines, there is no way you can lookup a cell phone number because reverse cell phone number lookup is not yet legal here. In fact, SIM cards here are very cheap and can be disposed of easily. Once used, it can be thrown to the garbage bin ASAP. This makes cell phone scamming here very convenient for scams and frauds.
In the US and other countries where reverse cell phone number lookup is legal, you can do this. Better yet, just ignore those messages or calls. Don’t waste your time with those text messages making you believe that you’re a million dollars richer or something like that.