A number of concerned South Africans have pointed out to the existence of a possible mobile data scam that promises to offer unlimited and uncapped data bundles for extremely low prices.
The scam alert surfaced earlier on in March 2020. A Facebook page with the name Unlimited Uncapped Bundles popped up offering unlimited bundles for voice, data and messaging that would apparently work on all the four major telecoms; Vodacom, MTN, Telkom and Cell C.
The page created posts advertising its service, offering unlimited data bundles for as low as R249. It has also been observed that the page has run a number of ads to promote the service, all in an effort to lure unsuspecting subscribers.
How The Scam Works
The trick here is rather simple, the page offers mobile users in South Africa a cheaper way to purchase bundles for either calling, browsing or texting. Since the bundles work across all the major carriers, the scope of potential victims is widened.
After a victim has been roped in, they are then required to visit the website unlimiteduncappedbundles [dot] cf. Here, the victim will be required to select which bundle they want, ranging from R39 for unlimited monthly SMSs to R179 for unlimited calls, SMS and data combined. After this step, one then selects their carrier and inputs their phone number. Lastly, you will be given the payment details, either through a bank transfer or physically make the payment at Shoprite, Checkers, Usave or Boxer Store through a WiCode.
An investigation by MyBroadband reveals that the scammer’s landing page where one would supposedly make a purchase for the bundles doesn’t even work as it should. Despite it using the Central African Republic “.cf” domain, the website also proceeds to ask you for money even if you don’t input your phone number.
“Not determined to expose one of our own numbers to possible spam, we opted to simply choose Vodacom as a mobile operator and leave the number field blank. Surprisingly, this worked and we were directed to the next page, where our number was indicated as “072 345 6789”, reads MyBroadband’s report.
Despite reports that the Facebook page and website operated by the scammers had been taken down, Gadgets South Africa can confirm that as of going to press, both the page and the website were very much accessible.
Interestingly, this is not the first time such a scam has surfaced. We have reports of such scams dating back years but have only recently sprouted thanks to the demand for data due to the Coronavirus pandemic.