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Shanewhite
8th Oct 2008, 10:51
This is the text of an email I received this morning. I guess we've all seen things like this before, but there's nothing wrong with being cautious. I imagine it only applies to the UK.

Subject: Please pass this on to everyone you know who owns a mobile.
Dear All

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 colleagues, relatives and friends as you can, to stop it.

Many thanks for your time regarding this matter, take care and regards.

Phil Corris
Police Constable/Crime Prevention Officer

BOAC
8th Oct 2008, 11:04
snopes.com: #-9-0 Phone Scam (http://www.snopes.com/fraud/telephone/jailcall.asp)

Shanewhite
8th Oct 2008, 11:11
Fair enough, but since the original sender is a genuine officer of the Lancashire Constabulary it seemed reasonable to pass it on. If it's a hoax, you won't get any calls; if it isn't, you'll know what to do if you do.

airborne_artist
8th Oct 2008, 11:34
original sender is a genuine officer of the Lancashire Constabulary which means he probably knows nothing about mobile phones or their billing systems.

BOAC
8th Oct 2008, 13:12
Indeed - is he in fact

a) Genuine?
b) The originator?

Have you confirmed this? Of course he may be genuine and has also fallen for the scam. If you read the Snopes link you will see they say it is not a practical scam anyway.

Experience over 10 or more years has shown that the text

"Forward this message to as many colleagues, relatives and friends as you can, to stop it."

in an email is an attempt to spam the email system rather like a 'chain letter' hoax, and it seems to be working!

Ring him up and ask. If you Google "Phil Corris
Police Constable/Crime Prevention Officer " you''ll find he is plastered everywhere (like a mad woman's ......) and his 'number' is there.

In fact, if you read to the bottom of Irish News: LIVING: COLUMNISTS: Repairs needed on dollís face (http://64.233.183.104/search?q=cache:uIvL-cYmIE0J:www.irishnews.com/articles/616/5858/2008/8/13/595114_354160671997Repairsne.html+Phil+Corris+Police+Constab le/Crime+Prevention+Officer&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=30&gl=uk)

(ignore the banal way the forum displays the link:ugh:) you will see this is at least 4 years old.

Buster Hyman
8th Oct 2008, 20:56
I feel sorry for those people in that Nigerian plane crash though...