Text spam from 619-607-7749

Now it’s Target’s turn as bait. As with the Walmart and Best Buy spams, I never entered any drawing at any of those stores. I’ve blurred out my mobile number:

“Your entry last month has WON! Go to www.rewardzone.co/?=619-XXX-XXXX and enter your winning code 0555 to claim your FREE $1000 Target gift card within 24 hours.”

In addition to this text spam’s familiar screed, you’ll notice that this is a .co, not a .com. It’s interesting how many of these text spam originate from outside of the United States…not that the ones stateside are any more legit. This domain is registered in Panama, yet using a U.S. phone number. What a system, eh? Here’s the WHOIS look up:

Domain Name: REWARDZONE.CO
Domain ID: D38932519-CO
Registrar-Reseller Name: INTERNET.BS CORP.
Sponsoring Registrar: CCI REG S.A.
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 1607
Registrar URL (registration services): http://my.co
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Registrant ID: INTEI5WHRMSD6P1K
Registrant Name: DOMAIN ADMINISTRATOR
Registrant Organization: FUNDACION PRIVATE WHOIS
Registrant Address1: ATTN: REWARDZONE.CO
Registrant Address2: APTDS. 0850-00056
Registrant City: PANAMA
Registrant Postal Code: ZONA 15
Registrant Country: Panama
Registrant Country Code: PA
Registrant Phone Number: +507.65995877
Registrant Email:
[email protected]
Administrative Contact ID: INTEFLJBJKGL549I
Administrative Contact Name: DOMAIN ADMINISTRATOR
Administrative Contact Organization: FUNDACION PRIVATE WHOIS
Administrative Contact Address1: ATTN: REWARDZONE.CO
Administrative Contact Address2: APTDS. 0850-00056
Administrative Contact City: PANAMA
Administrative Contact Postal Code: ZONA 15
Administrative Contact Country: Panama
Administrative Contact Country Code: PA
Administrative Contact Phone Number: +507.65995877
Administrative Contact Email:
[email protected]
Billing Contact ID: INTEGJPWO0002B37
Billing Contact Name: DOMAIN ADMINISTRATOR
Billing Contact Organization: FUNDACION PRIVATE WHOIS
Billing Contact Address1: ATTN: REWARDZONE.CO
Billing Contact Address2: APTDS. 0850-00056
Billing Contact City: PANAMA
Billing Contact Postal Code: ZONA 15
Billing Contact Country: Panama
Billing Contact Country Code: PA
Billing Contact Phone Number: +507.65995877
Billing Contact Email:
[email protected]
Technical Contact ID: INTE0N2J3RYUE23O
Technical Contact Name: DOMAIN ADMINISTRATOR
Technical Contact Organization: FUNDACION PRIVATE WHOIS
Technical Contact Address1: ATTN: REWARDZONE.CO
Technical Contact Address2: APTDS. 0850-00056
Technical Contact City: PANAMA
Technical Contact Postal Code: ZONA 15
Technical Contact Country: Panama
Technical Contact Country Code: PA
Technical Contact Phone Number: +507.65995877
Technical Contact Email:
[email protected]
Name Server: NS10.TREX-HOST.COM
Name Server: NS11.TREX-HOST.COM
Created by Registrar: CCI REG S.A.
Last Updated by Registrar: CCI REG S.A.
Domain Registration Date: Wed Nov 28 19:54:49 GMT 2012
Domain Expiration Date: Wed Nov 27 23:59:59 GMT 2013
Domain Last Updated Date: Wed Nov 28 19:54:52 GMT 2012

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.