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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Benazir Income Support Programme Scam - SMS Scam

Despite verification of SIMs through Biometric verification System by mobile operators under instructions of PTA and the services provided by PTA for reporting scam SMS and calls,scam calls and scam SMSs are frequently received.
Among these scam calls and SMS,Benazir Income Support Programme Scam SMS & Calls is one of the most commonly experienced scams by mobile subscribers in Pakistan.
Some of the Scam SMSs that I have received in the name of Benazir Income Support Program are :

  • Winning of Rs. 25200/- from Benazir Income Support Programme:
    • Sender's Mobile Number : 03415350592 
    • SMs Content :- BENZIR incom souprt program ki taraf se apko Rs.25200 rope ayhain.apka ye number03335......BISP mein register tha.ap is number per 0340-9633026-call karein
    • From : +923415350592
    • Date : 07/10/2015
    • Time : 07:55

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

NADRA Launches Online System for Issuance of CNIC

NADRA (NATIONAL DATABASE AND REGISTRATION AUTHORITY) has launched an online System for issuance of CNIC under the title of Pak Identity.All the instructions for Issuance of CNIC are listed on Pak Idenity web site.There three key steps in submitting online application,i.e. Preliminary Assessment,Document Preparation and Submission of Online Application at Pak Identity website.
The estimated time lines as mentioned at the website of Pak Idenity are:
  • Application Processing : 7 working days
  • Local Shipping in Pakistan : 2 working days
  • International Shipping : 5 working days
Once application is submitted,NADRA will send updates on application processing to the applicant at his provided mobile number or email address.In addition to this,applicant may also track his application by texting his application tracking ID to '8400' if he is residing Pakistan or overseas applicants can check the status of their application by logging in with their registered account at the Pak-Identity Website.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Nearly Fool Proof Phishing Attempt on internet banking Account

Phishing is the a fraudulent way to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money) by pretending or appearing to be a trustworthy entity in an electronic or internet communication.
With proliferation of land-line and wireless internet though it has become easy for a common man to access information with just a click of a mouse button but internet has its downside too. As news ways of doing business through internet have evolved so have the ways of doing fraud through internet thrived.A common man who is not much familiar with technicalities of computer and internet can fall an easy prey to hackers and crackers who use their knowledge and skills negatively to cheat on common people to trick them into losing their money and personal information.
Although cyber and information security is rapidly becoming mature and advanced with evolution of computer and internet technology but still internet has a lot of loopholes that require much research and development on the part of cyber security experts and Information Technologists.
In this blog post,I am presenting a case of phisihing attempt on internet banking account which looks quite real for a common man to be easily trapped into.
A screenshot of the email is shown in Figure 1 below:

Figure 1 : Screenshot of email
The email address that this email was appearing to come from is :

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Winning of Car SMS Scam

With proliferation of a new technology as ways of doing legal business evolve so does the scams and ways of doing fraud to fool common people into losing their money and assets also grow.Same is the case with evolution of mobile technology.With evolution of mobile technology as mobile banking has evolved,fraudster and criminals have also developed new means to looting people through SMS and mobile calls.Here are some of the scam SMS that I have received:

  • Winning of Toyota Corolla Car Scam in Lucky Draw:
    Number: UFONEWINNER 
    Dear costumer congratulation u have won Toyota Corolla in lucky draw 2014 how to get Toyota Corolla cal this NO. 03322000101

    Time: 10/03/2014 10:10                                                                                                     
  • Winning of Toyota Corolla Car Scam in Lucky Draw:
    Number: UFONEwinner
    Dear costumer congratulation u have won Toyota Corolla in lucky draw 2014 how to get Toyota Corolla cal at this NO.00923322000101
    From: UFONEwinne
    Time: 10/03/2014 11:32 
In these above mentioned two SMS messages the senders' mobile numbers were not appearing.Text mentioned before Number in each SMS was actually appearing in these SMS messages instead of the sender number to make a common man feel that this message is actually from UFONE.But fact of matter is that with help software technically skilled person can replace number with some text string to make the message look like it is really from some mobile or some other established company so that the common man may be easily fooled.
Upon inquiry from UFONE helpline these messages were found out to be false and scams as according to UFONE Helpline,UFONE was not running any such lucky draw scheme for winning a car.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

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