Fake SIM card warning

Etisalat is warning customers against using duplicate SIM cards from illegal sources, and is advising customers to use Etisalat's Tawam service to avoid any risks or problems.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  June 2, 2003

Etisalat is warning customers against using duplicate SIM cards from illegal sources, and is advising customers to use Etisalat's Tawam service to avoid any risks or problems.

The GSM dual Tawam' SIM cards for mobile phones, which allows two mobile phones to operate on the same number, were introduced by Etisalat earlier this year.

Etisalat has recently issued adverts warning customers against the tendency of some dealers that make their own duplicates of mobile phone SIM cards.

“Such activities are illegal due to the absence of proper authorisation and control,” Etisalat said in a statement.

The risks involved in using copied SIM cards, can include breach of privacy and confidentiality, and financial problems arising from customers find call charges on their bills that they have not made.

“Other problems could also take place. However, if anything does happen, only the owner of the card who willingly asked for his or her card to be duplicated will bear the responsibility,” said Etisalat.

Customers interested in obtaining a duplicate SIM card can apply through Etisalat's Tawam service, which allows customers to have a legal and secure copy. The service is available for both Wasel pre-paid and GSM post-paid mobile users and can even be used while roaming.

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