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Are Texts with link to Roge.rs legit?

This would be a Russian link would it not.
I recieved a text looking like a typical Rogers offer. It was about new international roaming plans with the link http:// roge.rs/999e. Is this legitimate?
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Re: Are Texts with link to Roge.rs legit?

Good afternoon!

Many areas of our company use bitly.com to shorten URLs.  Any rogers.com URL, when entered into Bitly, are shortened to a roge.rs address - feel free to test it out!

 

Hope that clears things up a bit(ly). 🙂

 

~RogersMichaelT

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Re: Are Texts with link to Roge.rs legit?

The link for sure looks suspicious. But it does not even look Russian. Some Russian links would be .rf, not .rs

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Re: Are Texts with link to Roge.rs legit?

They are likely using a URL shortening service to do that, save space in the text message.

I was able to find a few other samples on the web on blogs listing a roge.rs URL and they forward to things like redboard, the Rogers site, etc.


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Re: Are Texts with link to Roge.rs legit?

.rs is Serbia. ('RS' is the ISO 3166 code for the Republic of Serbia)

 

But if one asks their WHOIS server who 'roge.rs' is, here's what one gets:


vivienm@vps:~$ jwhois -h whois.rnids.rs roge.rs
[Querying whois.rnids.rs]
[whois.rnids.rs]
%
%This is the RNIDS Whois server.
%
% Date Format         : DD.MM.YYYY
% Whois Server Version: 1.0.0
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% Rights restricted by copyright.
% See http://www.rnids.rs/whois_en
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%
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% Ovo je odgovor od RNIDS Whois servera.
%
% Format datuma     : DD.MM.YYYY
% Verzija Whois Servera : 1.0.0
%
% Sva prava zadržana. Za više informacija.
% pogledajte http://www.rnids.rs/whois_sr

Domain name: roge.rs.
Domain status: Active
Registration date: 23.04.2010 12:33:26
Modification date: 01.04.2014 12:42:33
Expiration date: 23.04.2016 12:33:26
Registrar: CRI DOMAINS


Owner: Rogers Communications Inc.
Address: 333 Bloor St. East., 9th Floor, Toronto, ON, Canada
ID Number:
Tax ID:


DNS: dns1.cscdns.net. -
DNS: dns2.cscdns.net. -


Administrative contact: Svetlana Gavrilovic, PETOSEVIC D.O.O.
Address: Vele Nigrinove 16A, Beograd, Serbia

Technical contact: Domain  Tech, Rogers Communications Inc.
Address: RCI - Rogers Shared Services, 8200 Dixie Road, Brampton, ON, United States of America

 

So, it looks to me like Rogers went and registered a Serbian domain (roge.rs) to do a URL shortening thing. Many countries (Canada not being one of them) are quite happy to let foreigners register domain names...

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Re: Are Texts with link to Roge.rs legit?

Thank you all, I guess Vivien it is legit, but I'm still wary.

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Re: Are Texts with link to Roge.rs legit?

It's always a good idea to be wary 🙂

I often try on malicious emails if I doubt them but still want to try, I open them on mobile as if it has any malware is usually geared to attack pc not mobile.
Then can always then double check the final URL if proper...


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Re: Are Texts with link to Roge.rs legit?

Good afternoon!

Many areas of our company use bitly.com to shorten URLs.  Any rogers.com URL, when entered into Bitly, are shortened to a roge.rs address - feel free to test it out!

 

Hope that clears things up a bit(ly). 🙂

 

~RogersMichaelT

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Re: Are Texts with link to Roge.rs legit?

Here's another unsolicited msg I just received. I tried calling the chat line but they didn't know if it was a legitimate Rogers message.

 

This is the message from a 4 digit text number.

 

"Rogers msg: Reply YES to this message within the next 10 days to sign up for 12 months of unlimited Canada wide calling on the Rogers network at no additional charge. It's our way of thanking your for being a loyal customer. This promotion is not transferrable. Reply STOP to opt out of Rogers text msgs. Reach us at http://roge.rs/reachus"

 

Anyone seen or heard of this type of offer from Rogers?

 

 

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Re: Are Texts with link to Roge.rs legit?

Is that .rs domain correct?  If so, here is an interesting snippit from Wikipedia:

 

.rs is the Internet country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Serbia. The domain name registry that operates it is the Register of National Internet Domain Names of Serbia (RNIDS). The letters rs stand for Republic of Serbia (Serbian: Republika Srbija).

It is intended to be used with few restrictions, and it is widely used in Serbia. Because of English words ending with the letters "rs", this domain is also used in the construction of domain hacks.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.rs

 

So, unless there is an error in your post, I'd say that was an attempt to charge your cell phone account with bogus costs, either premium message costs or someother cost.

 

Can any of the mods add to this?



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Re: Are Texts with link to Roge.rs legit?

Good evening @User14 ,

 

Thank you for your post.

 

I am sorry about the confusion, the text message you received is from Rogers.

 

This is a promotion offered to certain customers at the moment.

 

Text messages from Rogers are indeed sent from 4 digit numbers.

 

If you no longer want to receive these promotional text messages, simply reply STOP to opt out.

 

Hope this helps!

 

RogersMaude