Warning to mobile phone users.

  rdave13 09:58 06 Dec 2005

Just received this email from a good family friend.
>Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2005 13:21:47 -0000
>Dear all
>I have just received an email from a friend, bearing the following warning,
>which I thought you may benefit from.
>If you receive a phone call on your mobile from any person, saying that, he
>or she is a company engineer, or telling you 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
>This virus will erase all IMEI and IMSI information from both your phone
>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 now.
>You can also check this news in the CNN web site.

Apologies if in the wrong forum.

  spuds 10:10 06 Dec 2005

This information as been doing the rounds for quite a while now.This is similar to the normal telephone line, and pressing 9 when you get a similar message. This results in very expensive call charges,but with the telephone on a BT account, you can use click here

  spuds 10:14 06 Dec 2005

Should mention that the above link is for dial-up, but BT with provide an alternative with premium lines.

  PaulB2005 10:18 06 Dec 2005

click here

warning first appeared on the Internet in 1999, when it cautioned cell phone users to beware of answering calls from "UNAVAILABLE." In 2002 the hoax was revived for another run, that time cautioning mobile chatters against taking calls from "ACE-?". In 2005 it came back once again, in that instance to warn the cell-enabled to not accept calls from XALAN.

There is no such threat. No mobile phone viruses capable of infecting cell phones and erasing SIM cards have yet been discovered. "

  rdave13 10:21 06 Dec 2005

Many thanks..I'll inform my friend.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 10:35 06 Dec 2005

It is a hoax...always worth checking Snopes click here for clarification of all the hoaxes.....click here


  spuds 10:45 06 Dec 2005

Whoops-- Made a mistake, thinking in terms of the redirection via press 9.Not the hoax.

  rdave13 10:55 06 Dec 2005

Thanks,will check nextime!

  pavvi 22:28 06 Dec 2005

and I had a bluetooth message arrive with my bluetooth name with an x in front of it. I have anti virus on my mobile, and it identified it as a virus....so there is a virus arounf there that can attach itself through a bluetooth message

  rdave13 23:07 06 Dec 2005

First time I've heard of an anti virus program on a mobile.Some fun these malicious people have!

  pavvi 00:14 08 Dec 2005

has symantec automatically on it...and there are a number of virus attacking mobiles especially nokias

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