SMS Scam: DM-Info


The SMS scam message I received from DM-Info today was:

Congrats! Your Number 94________ WINNER of CASH prize. Call 002463798001 NOW.

Diagnosis: 

In DM-Info, D=Aircel, M=Mumbai. Info is the shortcode the client has taken from Aircel. (See here)

In 002463798001, 00=Dial ISD, 246=Barbados, 3798001= local number in Barbados. (See here)

FYI, it costs Rs. 12/minute to call Barbados from a BSNL Landline. Charges are more if calling from a cellphone.


15 responses to “SMS Scam: DM-Info”

  1. I understood that we loose some money for the call, but What the benefit they get if some one made a call the specified number

    • Dear Din,

      Most of these scams are simple money pulling exercises. The reason they are done from countries like Nigeria/Barbados etc. is because in these countries the criminals are well entrenched and the law-order officials are either powerless or hand-in-glove with these criminals.

      First they will confirm to you that you have won a million dollars. Next they will ask your bank details to deposit the money but ask you to pay a ‘handling charge’. After the handling charge, they will ask you to pay some other bank fees. Then they will ask you to pay some amount to help clear the file from some ministry. This will go on and on and on till you have actually lost a lot of money.

      Phone-scams also exist (like adult hotlines) where the simple aim is to make you make expensive long-distance calls. Operators of these scams receive money from their telephone service provider. The reason these scams work is because while the scammer does not pay to receive incoming calls, his phone-service-provider receives money from the overseas phone-service-provider (for handling the inbound call).

      For ex: if you use BSNL to Call Airtel, BSNL actually pays airtel to receive the call. Thus BSNL makes a loss on outgoing calls which it makes up by billing the caller a little extra. Since Airtel is receiving money from BSNL for receiving the call, it does not mind sharing the revenue with it’s customer who is receiving the call (as long as the inbound call volume/revenue is high).

      This is very similar to the way the TV programs make you vote by SMS and telephone calls. They receive a percentage of the revenue generated by the telephone-service-providers.

      Ever wonder why voting is not allowed by Email / Website?

      HTH

  2. Thanks for the information Rajib.

    Even i got a message from DM-Info today morning .

    But how do they pick the phone numbers?

    s it random??

  3. I too received an email telling
    Congrats your number __________
    winner of cash prize. call
    00447872706229
    now.

  4. Really, thanks for the information.I was supposed to ring the following person for the cash award…

  5. even i also got the same in afternoon that Congrats! Your Number 90******** WINNER of CASH prize.Call 00447872706309 NOW.
    THANX RAJIB FOR THIS KIND INFORMATION.
    WITH REGARDS

  6. i recvd an sms on name called DM-INFO HRD saying dat dear candidtae u r selected for hcl info systems …so on dats actually an offer letter….how tu confirm dis

  7. HAI RAJIB THANKS FOR YOU GIVING VALUABLE INFORMATION, I ALSO GOT THE SMS FROM DN-INFO CONGRATS YOUR NUMBER WINNER OF CASH PRIZE FROM THE NUMBER 00447559016457 CALL NOW SO I SEARCHED IN THE NET DM-INFO THEN I GOT THE RESPONSES OF ALL THE MEMBERS
    THANKS YOU A LOT BECAUSE YOU ARE HELPING FOR LOT OF PEOPLE