Text spam from 510-487-8024

Here’s the oldest scam of them all (and this one predates the internet): a tech company will give you their latest gadget to play with and keep. Yeah, sure. And the other day I watched a pig fly figure eights in the sky, then land on a unicorn. If you just did an “OMG!” over that last ridiculous sentence, you’re just the sucker these scumbags are looking for:

“Apple is looking for People to Test&Keep the New iPad3 for Free! But only the 1st 100 users that goto http://wantipad3.me and enter code BETA will Recieve (sic) it!”

Here’s a twist: they actually have a Facebook page. Go ahead, post something pithy and nasty on their wall (you don’t have to “like” their page in order to post).

A WHOIS look-up reveals:

domain: WANTIPAD3.COM

created: 01-Nov-2011
last-changed: 01-Nov-2012
registration-expiration: 01-Nov-2013

nserver: ns51.1and1.com 217.160.80.164
nserver: ns52.1and1.com 217.160.81.164

status: CLIENT-TRANSFER-PROHIBITED

registrant-firstname: Oneandone

registrant-lastname: Private Registration
registrant-organization: 1&1 Internet, Inc. – http://1and1.com/contact
registrant-street1: 701 Lee Road, Suite 300

registrant-street2: ATTN: wantipad3.com
registrant-pcode: 19087
registrant-state: PA
registrant-city: Chesterbrook
registrant-ccode: US
registrant-phone: +1.8772064254
registrant-email: [email protected]

admin-c-firstname: Oneandone
admin-c-lastname: Private Registration
admin-c-organization: 1&1 Internet, Inc. – http://1and1.com/contact
admin-c-street1: 701 Lee Road, Suite 300
admin-c-street2: ATTN: wantipad3.com
admin-c-pcode: 19087
admin-c-state: PA
admin-c-city: Chesterbrook
admin-c-ccode: US
admin-c-phone: +1.8772064254
admin-c-email: [email protected]

tech-c-firstname: Oneandone
tech-c-lastname: Private Registration
tech-c-organization: 1&1 Internet, Inc. – http://1and1.com/contact
tech-c-street1: 701 Lee Road, Suite 300
tech-c-street2: ATTN: wantipad3.com
tech-c-pcode: 19087
tech-c-state: PA
tech-c-city: Chesterbrook
tech-c-ccode: US
tech-c-phone: +1.8772064254
tech-c-email: [email protected]

bill-c-firstname: Oneandone
bill-c-lastname: Private Registration
bill-c-organization: 1&1 Internet, Inc. – http://1and1.com/contact
bill-c-street1: 701 Lee Road, Suite 300
bill-c-street2: ATTN: wantipad3.com
bill-c-pcode: 19087
bill-c-state: PA
bill-c-city: Chesterbrook
bill-c-ccode: US
bill-c-phone: +1.8772064254
bill-c-email: [email protected]

NOTE: If you have an Android phone, the OS allows you to add phone numbers to a blacklist. When a call or text comes in from a blacklisted number, the phone gives the call a busy signal. Most text spam and telemarketer calls use auto dialers. When these auto dialers encounter a busy signal, they hang up and try to resend the message or re-dial, which puts them in an endless cycle. To blacklist phone numbers, go to Settings > Call > Call Rejection > Auto reject list. You can also add phone numbers to the Auto Reject List directly from your Call Log. Unfortunately, spam texters/telemarketers usually have hundreds of phone numbers, so it’s possible you may still receive more unwanted texts/calls from these same scumbags. My own call rejection list is extremely long… I’m hoping a feature similar to this will be added to the iPhone eventually. Be wary of ‘free’ smartphone apps that supposedly block calls…they might just do the opposite.