View Full Version : Mobile phone fraud!

05-09-2002, 10:21 AM
DH's office IT people have sent out the following e-mail. I thought it might be worth posting here:

We've just had this notice in, I thought it might be of some interest.

Everyone please be warned: If you get a phone call on your mobile from
any mobile phone "company engineer", telling you that they are doing a check
on your phone and that you must press #90 or 09# END THE CALL IMMEDIATELY
without pressing the numbers.

There is a fraud company on the go who have created a device that once you
have pressed #90 or 09#, they can access your Sim Card and make calls from
it at your expense.

PLEASE tell as many people as you can so that this fraud can be stopped.

If any of you have children with mobiles, it may be an idea to warn them
as well.

05-09-2002, 10:58 AM
Thanks Hilary will past it on......


05-09-2002, 11:05 AM
Thanks Hilary.

05-09-2002, 12:21 PM

This is a very old Hoax message designed to clog up mail systems.

Both versions of the same myth have been examined by TUFF [Telecommunications UK Fraud Forum] and none of the TUFF membership has been able to establish any truth in the reported story. The problem however is that the wide boys who hear this story on the urban highway are not slow at trying it out. The result is a lot of very worried customers who are suddenly called and asked to press various keys. While this does not work it does have the effect of perpetuating the myth.

TUFF have issued advice to their members that any inquiry in relation to this type of scam should be answered along the lines of:

"There is no evidence of this working on any United Kingdom equipment. However any customer who receives a call purporting to come from an engineer or employee of a telecommunications company should, on being asked to press any buttons on their handset, terminate the call and inform their network operator or service provider of the circumstances."

More info to follow if required.

05-10-2002, 02:57 AM
Thanks for the info..:)