Cruise Scam

Nancy R about Cruise Scam


Shadow 99 FM - Bahamas Cruise Free! Fake offer. You are directed to a web page to pay. Will end up losing money and may be even lose your credit card info!

Donald D about Cruise Scam


SHADOW99 RADIO STATION - Cruise scam! Beware! Called me and said I could win a free cruise. Need to answer music trivia quiz. Turned out to be very simple. (including whose album had the hit song "Thriller!"). I was declared a winner and he said the offer will expire within hours and I have to confirm by making port tax payment for 2 people. That would cost just $118. He was at his marketing best. I somehow shook him off and thought to report here to alert others on this forum




The messages declaring that you have won a cruise or a vacation, is a well planned scam. Scam artists set up computer system to spew out thousands of messages expecting potential victims to respond. Victims end up paying the so called tax or port fees of $59.95 x 2 apart from exposing their credit cards to potential misuse. Scammers will not reveal initially that you need to attend a sales promotion to receive cruise tickets.

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FCC's stand on unwanted text messages

It’s illegal to send unsolicited commercial email messages to wireless devices. The messages may promise free gifts or cheap services. Scam artists posing as Govt agencies could send messages threatening action unless money is paid. Spam texts can contain phishing links designed to steal personal info or may infect user's phone.

2017-11-19 00:55:13

Millions lost each year - Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre

According to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, citizens lose millions of dollars, each year, by responding fraudulent text messages. Scammers use deceptive text messages to lure consumers into providing personal or financial information

2017-11-18 22:40:22

In Australia, ACMA handles actions on spam SMS messages

Report spam SMS to ACMA by forwarding to 0429 999 888. If you have a grievance about a specific SMS message, submit a complaint to the ACMA or contact the ACMA on 1300 855 180.

2017-11-18 22:27:50

Stopping Spam SMS Messages - UK

Organizations must only send marketing text messages to individuals, if they have agreed to receive them, except where there is a clearly defined customer relationship. Forward spam SMS messages to 7726 for the network operator to act.

2017-11-18 22:03:32

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