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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

SERIOUS MOBILE PHONE SCAM

Phil Corris, Crime Prevention Officer, Lancashire Police, has details of the latest mobile phone scam which will cost you dear if you are caught out.

Subject: Mobile Phones Alert

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 Ext 496696 (Internal)
01524 596696 (External)
Email
Phil.Corris@lancashire.pnn.police.uk

6 comment(s):

  • This is a hoax that has been circulating by email and on the Internet for a number of years.
    See here:
    http://www.snopes.com/crime/fraud/jailcall.asp


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:41 pm  

  • I sincerely hope you are right "Anonymous" !! It certainly has fooled the Lancashire Crime Prevention Officer.

    By Blogger Cllr. Steve Glover, at 4:24 pm  

  • There's loads of information out there that pretty much proves beyond reasonable doubt that this is a hoax.

    See:
    http://homepages.tesco.net/~J.deBoynePollard/FGA/please-do-not-perpetuate-the-9-0-hash-hoax.html

    Someone at Lancashire police evidently did not make enough effort to verify this story.

    Essentially, it just wouldn't work in the UK and refers to the USA, in the nineties, and to old analogue swtiching equipment largely scrapped in the run up to the year 2000 due to fear of the Millennium Bug.


    By Blogger Heliodorus, at 3:49 pm  

  • This hoax is older than the hills! I honestly can't believe that it's still doing the rounds.
    Yes it may have caught the Lancashire crime prevention officer out (and he should be embarassed), but the general rule is:-
    If it sounds a bit far fetched, then it probably is.


    By Anonymous RichieB, at 9:04 am  

  • It's more than likely this isn't even an error on the part of the Lancashire Police. Many of these hoax emails rely on an appended existing body to lend veracity to the claim.

    By Blogger Hamilton's Brain, at 9:16 am  

  • If you refer to this link:

    http://www.lancashire.police.uk/index.php?id=619

    ...it confirms that they have confirmed this to be a hoax (bold text about half way down).


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:16 am  

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