| Thursday, February 23, 2006
|Received this on my email this afternoon. Not sure of it's validity, but well, i think it's better to take precaution.
Subject: FW: mobile alert!!!
If you receive a phone call on your mobile
from any person, saying that, he or she is
a company engineer, or telling that they're
checking your mobile line, and you have to
press # 90 or #09 or any other number.
End this call immediately without pressing
any numbers. There is a fraud company using
a device that once you press #90 or #09 they
can access your "SIM" card and make calls
at your expense.
Forward this message to as many friends as
you can, to stop it.
All mobile users pay attention if you receive
a phone call and your mobile phone displays
(XALAN) on the screen don't answer the call,
END THE CALL IMMEDIATELY, if you answer the
call, your phone will be infected by a virus..
This virus will erase all IMEI and IMSI
information from both your phone and your
SIM card, which will make your phone unable
to connect with the telephone network. You
will have to buy a new phone. This information
has been confirmed by both Motorola and Nokia.
There are over 3 Million mobile phones being
infected by this virus in all around the world
You can also check this news in the CNN web site.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS PIECE OF INFORMATION TO ALL
YOUR FRIENDS HAVING A MOBILE.
a certain bobby pua has decided to investigate on the validity of this abovementioned issue. and found this..
Mobile Phone Misinformation - XALAN and #90 HoaxSummary:Email warning claims that a scammer can take over your mobile phone if you key in #90. The message also claims that a phone virus is circulating that can erase the SIM card of the infected mobile.
Status : False
Commentary : This supposed warning for mobile phone users simply combines two other hoaxes. None of the information provided in the email is valid for mobile phone users. The first part of the hoax email claims that pressing #09 or a similar combination of digits will give a fraudster access to your sim card and allow him or her to make calls at your expense. This is untrue and has been denied by Australian telecommunications giant, Telstra. Another version of the hoax claims the same trick can be used to hijack fixed phones. Although such a scam is theoretically possible on certain types of business telephone switching equipment that requires users to dial "9" to get an outside line, normal home phones or mobile phones are not vulnerable.
For more information about the #09 hoax, see : Nine Zero Hash Phone Scam Hoax The second part of the hoax claims that a virus that displays the word "XALAN" can destroy your mobile phone. This information is untrue. Although mobile phone viruses are possible, there is no virus like the one described in the email message. There are a number of alternative versions of the "warning" message, some of which list the word displayed as "UNAVAILABLE" or "ACE" rather than "XALAN". Telstra has denied the existence of such viruses.
For more information about phone virus hoaxes, see: Mobile Phone Virus Hoax
feeling accomplished. =)
|posted by bobby @ 5:12 PM