SMS Scam: DM-BFAC

Article in Times of India about teacher who lost money to SMS Spam

This one arrived today morning:
CONGRATS {my_number} has WON $3000 CASH prize, call +2392879168 now.

Now the thousand dollar question is “should I call?”

FYI, +239 is the country code for “Principe Sao Tome“, an island nation located suspiciously close to Nigeria (Home of the 419 Scam). Call rates to this country are approx. Rs. 50/minute making me think that such operations are a healthy mix of public-private partnership and probably a large source of income for the nation.

The code DM (in DM-BFAC) represents Aircel Cellular in Mumbai. This clearly indicates that Aircel’s due diligence operations are not as strong as they should be.

If you have received such SMS or email, just ignore it or delete it. Do not call the numbers listed if you value your hard-earned money.

Article in Times of India about teacher who lost money to SMS Spam
Article in Times of India about teacher who lost money to SMS Spam

Here’s a news article in Times of India about a teacher who was cheated out of his life-savings.


34 responses to “SMS Scam: DM-BFAC”

    • Dear Ramakrushna Das,

      Which part of the article resulted in you deducing that I am the originator of the SMSes?
      The article was written to highlight the various SMS scams that are taking place and the little that telecom companies are doing to keep it in check.

      Regards

    • Dear Mr. Badal,

      I am pretty disgusted that educated people like you do not even bother to read the article before posting a comment. Please read the article thoroughly and then post your comments (by tel, fax, email, registered letter) to the actual SMS Sender or the Telecom company that is allowing the sending of these SMS.

      Regards

  1. thanks for your help, I received the same sms and was thinking to call but I timely saw your blog and ignored. thanks once again.

  2. CONGRATS {my_number} has WON $3000 CASH prize, call +2392879168 now.

    today this message even i received….

    What should do

    Regards
    Bhavika

  3. Today Morning I received Below Message:

    CONGRATS 94285XXXXX (my cell No) has WON $3000 CASH prize, call +2392879168 now.

    Now the One thousand $ question is “What should I do ?”

  4. Send us $3000 on this address
    “bardhan chowk Jamnagar”
    I am in need of money very much so I require it now
    Plz plz send me money on this address. . .
    ! ! ! !

  5. i have received 2 mess like this….. I saw your blog and ignored. thanks for your help dude….can’t we make any complaints about such scams…..

    • Dear Sooraj,

      The problem of such SMS scams lies in the fact that neither the bulk-sms providers nor the mobile telephony operators are bothered.

      TRAI and DOT have not yet focussed on this issue either. In India, it takes a major catastrophe for the Government to wake up.

      I am just hoping that my blog prevents people like you, from becoming a part of the catastrophe.

      Regards

  6. I RECEIVED THIS SMS TODAY DATE ON 15 JAN 2011 IN MORNING TIME….
    INCLUDED AS IN SMS WROTE BELOW AS:

    CONGRATS ( MY NO.) has WON $3000 CASH prize, Call +2392879087 now……..

    thats time when i read i dont know………but thanks……..

    What should do now……..plz tell me.

  7. Hi rajib

    Thanks. This is 4th time i got such msg to my BSNL no. from 0432, 044 and now 0239. Any way thanks for your blog’s information

    lakshmi

  8. A deep thanks to all of u first.. just today morning only i got this msg to my no. I thought to call for once.. But i had only Rs.11 as my balance.. I thought to recharge my number and to call to that number.. But i had a doubt that how without giving my number or any of the details, they will offer me $3000..

    So i wish to search what really it would be.. Then i log-on into ur blog……. oh god.. really didn’t expect that a big forgery play has been happening in all over the country in this manner..

    Thanks for u people to make me to realise the bitter truth.. This kind of forgeries should be abolished from our country, so that it wont affect thousands of peoples life in future..

    Thank u,
    Rahini.

  9. chetan surwade
    January 31st, 2011 at 10:21 am
    CONGRATS {+919970595313} has WON $3000 CASH prize, call +2392879168 now.
    today this message even i received….
    What should do
    Regards
    chetan…

  10. january,31st,2011,at 10:26am .CONGRATS{7597879424} has won$3000 CASH prize,call+239289008 now .sms are got but proses.

  11. I RECEIVED THIS SMS DATE ON 12 FEB 2011 IN EVening TIME….
    INCLUDED AS IN SMS WROTE BELOW AS:

    CONGRATS ( MY NO.) has WON $3000 CASH prize, Call +37281021269 now

    thats time when i read i dont know………but thanks……..

    What should do now……..plz tell me.

  12. I received a messege by DM-BFAC as follow Congrats!! My mob. no. has won $3000 cash prize, call 004472706145 now.

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