Bad people out there have come up with more ways to cheat people. In the old days they would use printed media to cheat people into buying or doing things and losing money at the same time. When the internet came, lots of the same cheating methods are converted to take advantage of the far reaching capability of the internet. Instead of fishing, we now have to deal with phishing… Instead of getting some fish from the water, they will get some money from your account…
Now I have come across another one…
However, whoever who sent this must be an idiot at it. The scam was so obvious that if anybody who fell for this must be a total idiot as well. Why?
- Why would you sent a message from one number and asked me to give you credit to another number?
- My father is no longer in this world. So he would not be sending me a message from an Indonesian phone number (+62…) or any phone number for that matter.
- My father in-law is in Indonesia but why would he want me to send credit to a Malaysian phone number?
- My father in-law uses “Papa” and not “Ayah”.
In my case, the above are very obvious indications that it was a scam. So, if you received any of this kind of SMS,
- Do not panic or be over excited.
- Examine the message carefully and then take your time to deduce it. I am sure that you would not take a whole day just to figure things out.
- If really unsure, just call the affected person no matter what the message says. You will get the truth straight away.
- Never call the numbers in the message. You would not know what else could happen.
I have read about some people who actually panicked and some who actually was about to do as what the message asked them to do. Not sure whether anybody has actually believed this kind of message.
By the way, does anybody know what can we do about this message? Do we report to our telco providers or do we make a police report? Making a police report would be a hassle though… If you have any experience on this, do share.
What is luck? This is my story about luck…
I attended the Symantec Security Forum at the Sime Darby Convention Center today. It is one of those events where there are lots of presentations, lots of talks, lots of food, lots of people, lots of information and last but not least, a few prizes and gifts…
The last agenda of the day was the lucky draw. 3 people won. The prizes were one Samsung Digital Camera, one iPhone 3G 8Gb and one 40″ Toshiba Regza TV.
Lucky them! Not so lucky me!
I left. As I was about to get into my car, I got a call from an unknown number. I answered and it was the Symantec consultant that I talked to during the coffee break. He asked whether I have lost by MAXIS USB modem. I quickly checked and said, “Yes! That’s mine!”
Lucky me! I did not even realize that I had dropped it. How did he know that it was mine? During a coffee break with lots of coffee, tea, fruits, popiahs and sandwiches, I approached one of the consultants and we talked about DLP, SHS, Cloud computing and a few other things. We exchanged views as well as business card.
So, one of his colleagues saw me dropping my MAXIS USB modem. She also saw me talking to him. He kept my business card and he called. I got my modem back! That’s lucky!
What are the odds of not losing that modem when there were more than 100 people there!
This is related to my previous entry about MAXIS here and UniFi here. Let’s start off with MAXIS first. Since I purchased the modem in December 2009 until today, the connection is very unstable and the speed is terrible. No wonder many people call it Beruk-band instead of Broadband…
So, last week I made another round of complaint to MAXIS as a followup to my previous complaint in December 2009. They told me that they are upgrading the services at my area and it should be completed latest by April 2010. Now, it’s already May 2010 and I have not seen any improvement to the broadband services in my area, Seksyen 9, Shah Alam.
The asked me for some readings and I have sent them the speed test results that I made using Speedtest.net. While this modem has been tested to reach up to 7.2 Mbps in downtown KL, the speed recorded at my area was a lousy 0.12 Mbps for downloading and 0.10 Mbps for uploading.
Isn’t that pathetic or what… Beruk betul… At the same time I tested my old-school Jaring Wireless Broadband connected via the aging Somaport and look at the results below:
It managed to hit 2.09 Mbps and 0.43 Mbps for downloading and uploading respectively. Even the ping speed was much faster. Anyway, I would email MAXIS again since I have not received any response after I sent them my readings. Anyway, I did not really need the MAXIS broadband at home since the Jaring box is connected via a 4-port router. The only time I would need it is when all 4 ports are being used…
Now let’s talk about UniFi. I sent them an email regarding their progress for my area and I got a not so encouraging reply from their customer services. That prompted me to response with this:
It is already over a month and it is rather sad to know that a location smack in the middle of Shah Alam and very close to KL could not enjoy such services despite the big hoo-haa that the government is promoting more usage and exposure of high speed internet services… Is there any plan or it is just simply an area that would not be contributing to the profit of Unifi? Some explanation would be appreciated so that I could share with thousands more people who are waiting for the outcome of my hunting for a faster broadband services in Malaysia.
Then their reply tone changed a bit and asked for my full address to be forwarded to their management… So, it looks like high speed broadband is still to far away from me and I have to stick to my Jaring for many more years… Will be disturbing them again next month!
MAXIS, buck up! UniFi, Speed Up!
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