I am extremely pissed off as I just recieved a strange text message… providing me with ‘game cheats’. When I opened the message… another message was sent to my phone that said:
“Gaming Alerts. $9-99/mo subscription. Renewal is 25. Reply STOP to cancel, toll-free 1-888-351-6703, email@example.com fir help. Std. rates apply.”
Once I opened this message… $10 was instantly subtracted from my phone’s account balance. I just topped up my phone today and to say I am pissed would probably be an understatement.
I did some searching around and found this:
The really annoying part is that I opened it. There is no way on my phone to view the sender before I open a message… so I was essentially screwed the minute I got it. Of course I was going to open the text, you know?
I pay for unlimited texting too… so of course I would open any message without thinking twice. And that is what pisses me off the most. I opened a message and got charged $10 for it. Gah.
When I got the message about a game cheat… that should’ve raised red flags I suppose. But having this never happen to me before… I was unaware this could even happen. Not being able to view senders really also helped the problem. If I had seen the same number twice… perhaps I would not have opened the message that prompted the charging of my account.
I will be calling my cell phone provider with a complaint and I will tell them what happened. Hopefully I can get my money back (yeah, yeah. I AM pissed about $10. Gimme a break. I work a crappy part time job). I just wanted to raise awareness and to warn others.