It was my first night in Beijing for a long-overdue vacation. I purchased a SIM card from the airport and sent SMS greetings to friends and family and other families in town. SMS is hugely popular and a main communication channel in China. Guess what? The first SMS I received was from a strange number: Image 1 - SMS spam with hyperlink
The message was a “congratulations” from a very popular Chinese television show on CCTV, named “Special 6+1
” that my cell number was selected and that I had won a laptop and 60 thousand Yuan (about $9,000 U.S.). The message provided a URL and verification code to receive the prize.