Category: Spam

Chinese Spam Messages

You may receive emails in Chinese with a random sprinkling of long numbers, long number and letter combinations and occasional English words such as Instagram or Twitter.

Has the world switched to Chinese for international communication?

No.

These are typically spam messages, but often are selling the sort of services that spammers and scammers buy.

If interested, you can translate the messages easily online using Google translate or similar free service.

The messages contain offers such as “multi email content, multi email subject, random intelligent combination, staggered rotation of corporate email exchanges”.

This is offering services whereby the purchaser (scammer or spammer) provides a basic email message in a series of segments and the service ‘intelligently’ mixes up the segments per email message it sends out, uses a number of exchanges to send the messages, makes them look as if sent one at a time, changes the email title randomly and so on.  This is all designed to ensure the scammers or spammers messages get through to the unlucky recipients without being caught in spam filters by the recipients Internet provider or the recipients email service.

This is legal though clearly objectionable.

If you receive such email messages in Chinese – just delete them as they are spam.

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Stupidest Scam of The Week – Chinese Emails

An email from a Chinese company that is “glad to know that you are looking for toroidal choke coils and transformers for your products”.

I don’t think local radio stations typically sell equipment containing industrial transformers.

Mr Tang seems to have a problem knowing which company he works for.

The email is from tce-electronic.com but the signature on the message is from tce-electronics.com. Only one letter difference but that makes for separate companies.

He is proud of his products “Out products have acquired such certificates as UL, CE, CQC 7 RoHS”

It doesn’t say they actually have any certificates but that they have such as …

Just a typical strange email claiming to be from a Chinese company.

Do not reply.

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Who Do You Report Spam Texts To?

Many businesses choose to market their products by text, but this can be very annoying to those receiving the spam text messages.

These texts can be straight forward sales pitches but most are for PPI, accident claims, personal injury claims and debt management.

Plus, most of the businesses that send out these spam messages are not the product sellers but lead makers who take the details of people who respond to their adverts and then sell them on to interested parties, usually multiple times e.g. to insurance companies, personal injury solicitors etc.

It is against illegal for anyone to send you spam texts unless you have previously given them permission, but the law does not cover messages sent to businesses.

If you receive texts from businesses you do not know, then responding to the text or complaining to them will likely just will confirm that your number is active and your details will be sold on.

But you should  report the text to your network operator.

To report a spam text forward the text to 7726, which are numbers on your telephone keypad that spell out the word ‘SPAM’.

You may get an automated response thanking you for the report and giving you further instructions if needed. You will not be charged for sending texts to 7726.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is responsible for enforcing the rules on spam texts and you can complain to them online at https://ico.org.uk/ or phone 0303 123 1113.

Complaining helps the regulators see what’s happening and who to target for investigation.

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