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.
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I got a text at 4:42 am today from 18197250199 stating I have been overcharged by Fido. Is this authentic? Here is the text:
Fido Solutions lnc: Fido has sent you an transfer.
Your account has been overcharged. http://intermonllne.xyz
I tried calling the number back but a recording says it's "unavailable". The I'd says the number is from Quebec.
Dear Fido officer,
I just received an meaage to inform me fido overcharged me $113.57, so they refund money to me, and they ask me to log in my bank account. I will show u the picture, and I want to know this message is really from Fido or is false message. Please reply me as soon as possible, thank you.
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.