I have been forwarding my spam email-to-SMS to @FidoStephen via PMs to help improve the spam filter for sms.fido.ca
Recently, another community member also posted a similar spam SMS they received. Perhaps a thread dedicated to collecting examples of these types of SMS spam might also help improve the spam filter.
Solved! Go to Solution.
I understand it is not an email. That is why it was suggested to send the SMS spam you receive to the number 7726 (SPAM). Fido does not provide refunds in this manner. If a refund is necessary, they will simply credit your account. If you have closed your account, they will send the money via a cheque to the address they have on file. No legitimate institution -- bank, credit card, mobile provider, etc -- will ask you to provide information in such a manner.
Hope this helps
I am already log into my bank account, but before they steal my money, I am already contact to the bank and change my password and other informations. But do you know the spam will create a virus in my phone? Should I factory reset my phone? Does it is necessary?
I'm sorry you have been deceived by those texts. It's good that you contacted your bank and changed your passwords etc.
You might also consider forwarding the text message to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. Fowarding the information to Fido will help prevent others from receiving the same texts. Since you provided personal information, the Anti-Fraud centre may be able to provide the link to authorities to possibly track the scammers.
You should also consider the advice here. It may seem like a hassle, but any preventative measures taken now are definitely better than trying to sort out stolen identities after the fact.
I don't think anyone can say for sure whether that particular SPAM SMS contained a virus or other malware. Some nefarious SMS can indeed contain viruses or trojans, etc. Do you have any anti-virus or anti-malware apps installed on your device? If you feel more comfortable, you might consider performing a factory reset.
Hope this helps
Yes @Cawtau ... I too, went thought a scary "identity thieft" experience last year when my canadian SIN number was accessed and used to take money from my bank account, in a province I had not lived in in 10 years. Fortunately, the bank contacted me within a day ..and, certainly all my money (after it was taken from 5 different locations in Canada) was returned to my account. But, this was a huge learning curve for me!
... I too, went thought a scary "identity thieft" experience last year when my canadian SIN number was accessed and used to take money from my bank account, in a province I had not lived in in 10 years. Fortunately, the bank contacted me within a day ..and, certainly all my money (after it was taken from 5 different locations in Canada) was returned to my account. But, this was a huge learning curve for me!
Glad to hear everything worked out in the end!
We just need to remain diligent at all times... Spammers and scammers aren't likely to give up any time soon.
Here's how it goes:
From: +1 418 490 2815
Notice from Fido Solutions inc. for the number: (250)-xxx-xxxx You have received a Transfer https://is.gd/gcYbuw your Account has been Overcharged
I accidentally clicked on this link, but I immediately realized it's very likely to be a spam and closed the page.
Got this one today and have others that asked something different, but it's the first time they mentioned Fido Dollars when I believe Fido Dollars have been discontinued already.
The others have already been mentioned, such as saying my account was suspended or that I had a refund, etc.
You may want to block incoming call from that number for future so it wouldnt go to your voicemail either...
Unfortunately, blocking a phone number from your phone will not prevent the call from going to voicemail. A blocked phone number will simply not ring on the phone and the call will just go directly to voicemail.
Hope this helps
Hi, I received this last night, Funny it says Bell customer, never have been. Clicking the link, takes you to what looks like a real interac transfer site, but it then says it is for a Telus refund. (i once was on telus but it was over 10 years ago) Searching the originating phone number it is a Toronto number.
Thanks for the information! Have you had a chance to also forward it to 7726 (SPAM) (see solution above)?
Just out of curiosity, did you port your phone number from Telus? I think the spammers try to customise the SMS depending to which block of prefixes a particular phone number belongs. Certain prefix blocks are Fido; others Rogers, Bell, etc. However, with the popularity of porting numbers, those provider distinctions are not as clear. Targeting prefixes with customised SMS doesn't always work. But I guess for the spammers, it's all about the numbers. Only a fraction of their spammed SMS won't match up.