Mobile phone virus warning a hoax

Windows discovers that an e-mail currently circulating in the UAE on a new mobile phone virus is a hoax.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  September 26, 2007

Windows Middle East magazine has discovered that an e-mail currently circulating in the UAE regarding a new mobile phone virus is a hoax.

The e-mail sent to a Windows staff member, which claims to be from the Dubai Department of Tourism, states, "If you receive a phone call 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 the call immediately."

It goes on to state, "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."

However, according to the official website of security firm Symantec, the e-mail is a hoax and was first discovered on May 18, 1999. On February 13 of this year, a second version of the e-mail that was sent to Orange users in the UK was posted by the firm to warn online users. According to Symantec’s site, there are several versions of the e-mail currently circulating online.

Symantec's website urges users to ignore these e-mails and to refrain from passing them to others.

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