i ask because a couple of days ago or thereabouts
i was
just holding my android phone
and
doing my own thing

when
all of a sudden

a Google? Chrome? stuff appeared out of nowhere

and
blanked out everything i was doing

and identified itself as a Google? Chrome? Survey questionnaire

which would only take me a few minutes to complete
and
which could earn me a prize of an Apple phone

if i took the survey.

Persephanii nnmah nm, usually when i see such stuff
i
get out of there fast.

i mean,
there are fraudsters and hackers online everywhere

and
there are nasty folks online sending  malware and other viruses around to people’s systems.

so, when one page? suddenly shows up
from somewhere
out of nowhere

asking i.e telling one to click a link
or do some other stuff

i usually ignore them and delete all their stuff.

this time around,
for some reason that i am unable to explain uptil now
i
decided to see what this survey
that came out of nowhere was all about

so i didn’t exit the page
and
instead,
i
took a look at what it was saying.

it addressed me as “Chrome User”? or so ?
and
asked me 4 questions or so.

i really don’t recall all the 4 questions.

however i do recall that
they were
sort of in an objective-answers examination? format

with each question followed by
4 or 5 answers out of which i was to
choose only one.

one of the questions asked something like :
do you find our services satisfactory ?
or so.
there was a
“ fairly satisfactory ” option among the answers
so i
selected / chose that option.

another one of the questions asked something like :
how often do you use Google Chrome ?
there was a
“ sometimes ”option among the answers
so i
selected / chose that option.

i answered all the 4 questions
and
it
told me something like :

success ” … “ winner ” … “ congratulations ” or so

and then said
i
should choose one out of the list of prizes
and
also indicated that i could choose ONLY ONE out of the list of prizes.

i chose the Apple phone prize.

it then showed me a number which i was to click on to telephone
in
order to collect the prize i.e
in
order to have the Apple phone prize sent to me.

this was accompanied by a prompt that said
the
link for the number  was expiring in 60 seconds
and
which
had already started counting
even while i was just reading the stuff written there.

the number was in 2 parts :
a
main number
followed by a comma
and a
shorter number.

it was something like : 6908283566 , XYZAB

i have the first part i.e 6908283566 precise because
it
still shows on my phone
as i type
right now
as
an outgoing call made at
circa 09:30 pm night time Nigeria time on 14 August, 2021.

i don’t remember the exact numericals in the XYZAB part of the number.

however, i remember wondering how
the
dialing of that number was going to work
since Nigeria
doesn’t operate a two numbers sequence telephony modality and
here in Nigeria, generally, you only dial one telephone number at a time
whenever you want to make a telephone call.

i remember guessing that
maybe the 6908283566 part would lead to the
telephone reception desk of whoever was running the scheme
and then
automatically re-direct to the second part
i.e and then
automatically re-direct to the XYZAB  part.

so i clicked on the number
and
the
phone said something like :

the number  you are calling does not exist

and

the whole Google? Chrome? Questionnaire Survey stuff
disappeared completely
from the
screen of my phone.

i dialed the number again
just to be sure
and
again the phone said something like :

the number  you are calling does not exist

at this point, i wondered whether
the
whole thing was

a scam by a hacker trying to hack my phone

or

something stupid set up by one fool at Google? Chrome?
who in his / her stupidity
concluded that

the best?? way?? to get users of Google? Chrome?
around the world to
take i.e answer their survey questionnaires
is / was to
offer them fake prizes

as a bait
to
entice them

to answer the questions
and then
never ever give them those prizes
after they might have answered the questionnaires.

incidentally, Persephanii ornyeh nnkeh nm ( onye nkem ),  
when the number  6908283566 did not go through after 2 repeated efforts,
i actually keyed in :

+69 dialling code

into the Google Browser Search Box

and it said that :

[1] there is no country with a +69 international direct dialing ( idd ) code

[2] the +690 dialling code is linked to New Zealand ????

neither of which made any sense in the circumstances really.

i mean :

[ ➡️ ] why would Google Chrome Browser staff send out an online questionnaire that tells a so-called winner to dial a number with
a dialing code ( +69 ?? )
that does not belong to any known country in the world ?

[ ➡️ ] why would Google Chrome Browser staff send out an online questionnaire that tells a so-called winner to dial a number with
a dialing code ( +690 ?? )
for New Zealand ??
that is un-able to connect when it is dialled ?

rather strange.
in fact, actually very strange.

rather fishy.
in fact, actually very fishy.

rather suspicious.
in fact, actually very suspicious.

and that’s why i am wondering, Persephanii nnmah nm,

if
there are hackers online faking to be Google Chrome ?

or if
Google Chrome sometimes run a fake survey questionnaire online ?

and if, maybe, Persephanii nm, you would know ?

you know, Persephanii ormahleechar nm, ( omalicha m ) ( omalicham ),
if this phone questionnaire thing were/was a one-off incident,
i would have
probably written it off as a one-incident-strange-occurrence.

however, in my own instance, it is not a
one-off
one-incident-strange-occurrence
.
as i
remember that

back in the day something between 2015 and 2017
back when i was still staying in
Makoko, near Sabo, Yaba, Lagos State, Yoruba-land, Nigeria

and
back when i was using
the
Itel 1409 android phone

some survey questionnaires had out of nowhere
suddenly appeared on my phone
on
at least 3? different occasions ?
i.e on at least 3? different times ?
i.e on at least 3 different and separated instances ?

purporting to be from Google? Chrome?
and
asking me some silly questions which i was to answer
and
which if i answered correctly would get me a prize.

back then i had exited the page(s).
and said
to blazes with the whole lot.

and now, this same strange stuff has happened again
suggesting strongly that it is not a one-off happenstance.

so, Persephanii nnkeh nm, ( nkeh m ) ( nke m ) ( nkem ),
it
does make you wonder ………

you know, Persephanii fine babe,
if the whole thing is
from
scammers and hackers

then it is further proof
that
there is
no limit / end of the extent to which
online hackers and scammers will not go to
in order
to hack a person’s phone.

and on the other hand,
if the whole thing is from Google? Chrome?
then
it
suggests that Google? Chrome? must really be very silly.

i mean,
they are
supposed to be the very pinnacle of browsers and search engines
they are
supposed to be the very acme of browsers and search engines

they are supposed to be the very peak of browsers and search engines
they are
supposed to be the very apex of browsers and search engines

they are supposed to be the very top of browsers and search engines

so,
why would they be going about sending out fake survey questionnaires
offering fake prizes to users of
Google? Chrome?

very silly thing to do.
isn’t it ?

and so i find myself wondering,

Persephanii nm,
are there hackers online faking to be Google Chrome ?

or

does Google Chrome sometimes run a fake survey questionnaire online ?

Persephanii, babe, would you know ?




By sam

Samuel Ojekwe is essentially just your basic everyday fellow that you see in your neighbourhood while you go about doing your stuff and who, like you, wishes and hopes that the world becomes a better place for all of us.

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