‘The fines’, ‘uncle uncle’, ‘Juan rancher’, ‘accident’ and ‘you became a millionaire’, are just some of the methods with which many criminals seek to catch their new victims.
For many in Colombia, the search for a decent job with good pay is undoubtedly a great dream or life purpose. However, this is precisely one of the reasons that many scammers use to commit their misdeeds and take advantage of the unwary through cell phones.
Most of them are organized structures that almost always work from the country’s prisons.
They use private numbers with normal lines or, on some occasions, service numbers.
Most of the time, many send messages that are accompanied by links that lead to fraudulent pages.
They also make calls saying “you’ve become a millionaire,” “won an award,” or “you’ve been selected for your dream job.”
Jobs with daily wages of “$300 and $580
During the last few weeks, it has become customary for many Internet users to report that they have received messages on their cell phones in which they are assured they were selected for a job.
They manifest are messages where they promise that the job they are offered is ‘simple’.
With daily wages that range between 300 and 580 thousand pesos, a very particular figure.
Millions of data in digital databases
The other dilemma for citizens is that their telephone numbers, personal data and even their ID numbers roll in the databases of banks, businesses, stores and telephone operators.
Who controls how these millions of pieces of data are handled?
- Why, if your line belongs to one operator, do they call you from another to offer you products and services?
If this happens, you must remember how and to whom you give your information, when you walk down the street and they ask you for a survey, or go in to ask about a service. The so-called ‘fine print of the contract’.
The so-called marketing and commercial strategies are a “double-edged sword”, warn specialists, in many entities they do not give information if a record is not first made with at least basic data and the signing of a “responsibility and acceptance” format.
There, your data is already there, and it remains even if you are denied credit, or the product, or you finally do not access it.
In addition, the other problem is the leaks to public entities, company pages and social networks.
Despite the constant complaints about this type of scam and theft, few are caught, they are difficult to track.
The main call of the authorities is that citizens try to verify the messages that reach them, with their banking entities, operators, stores from which they are supposedly called.
Do not give your identity card number, or address or respond if you have not been able to verify that it is the official entity that is communicating with you.
For example, most transactions are made with a general code through wire transfer companies, or an official bank account, not depositing to individuals.
Unless it is a credit with individuals and you, be clear about that.
In those cases, for example, it applies to pay the fees.
If you have not requested changes of number, plan on your phone, any product in a bank, you do not have to provide personal information.
If it is from an entity that calls to offer you other products, different from the ones you have, they must tell you what your personal data are and you decide whether to confirm them by phone or not.