I have received an SMS to answer nine questions on a survey to win a free Samsung 10+. I answered the questions which were all about quality of Optus service then told that I had won a Samsung 10+ phone all I had to do was send my name and postal address. Is this a scam?
Comes under the banner of if it seems to good to be true then is probably is. So now a random stranger knows:
1) Your Full Name
2) Your Phone Carrier
3) Your Postal Address
4) Your Phone Number
A quick search of the records (Knowing the above) would also provide
5) Your Date of Birth
Until last month this was all the information needed to force port your mobile phone number or order four new iPhoneX be sent to a pickup address (and you to be billed). Be thankful that the government finally got around to doing what the Telcos should have years ago:
Be hopeful that Optus have actually started doing this (Its not law for another 6 weeks). If you do receive an SMS telling you your phone is being ported then do take action. Likewise any letters you get in the mail that require details to "process" your win should be ignored.
Good timing, we've just posted this about this particular subject.
If you can post a screenshot or details of the link as YetAnotherACC requested that would be helpful 😊
Thanks for replies that confirmed my suspicions. No personal details sent to these scammers. I blame Optus for sending me details of the Samsung 10 and suggesting I update my phone to the new model. There was nowhere else they could have got this information unless they hacked my phone.
"There was nowhere else they could have got this information "
Scammers sent out 10 million emails at the press of a button. The "information" they send is generic and 99.9% of the time irrelevant and obvious. You just happened to be the match this time. Why spend time and effort hacking phones when some people will just give you the information if you ask?
"No personal details sent to these scammers."
So you haven't sent your name and address in as requested? That's good to hear.
Did it look like this? Probably not as you said you received a SMS.
The Optus team we reported this scam to (with no details) identified this one and blocked it overnight. "Dear Optus client" is usually a giveaway.