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Vodafone warns of hoax messages

Nasik Swami
Friday, October 12, 2012

VODAFONE Fiji has warned its customers of hoax messages being sent to a number of mobile phones around the country.

Company corporate affairs manager Shailendra Prasad said the message read as "Congratulations! Your mobile number has won $600,000 in the ongoing Nokia Mobile Promo. For claim contact +447042056281 and email nokiaclaim@nokia-gms.co.cc."

Mr Prasad said the messages were a hoax and was intended to defraud subscribers.

"Consumers are advised not to be lured by the message or they stand to lose out financially," he said.

Mr Prasad said Vodafone was a provider of a mobile communications network and what got communicated using their platform was not subject to any screening by Vodafone because of the statutory requirement to provide complete confidentiality and privacy on all subscriber communications.

On the issue of how a fraud operator from outside the country could get a customer's mobile number in Fiji, Mr Prasad said it was common knowledge that Vodafone mobile numbers in Fiji started with number nine, eight or seven and had seven digits in total.

"Therefore, if someone picked a seven digit number starting with nine, eight or seven, they most likely are able to pick a correct mobile number to send the text message," he said.

"We suspect that this is what is happening in this case."

Mr Prasad said there were many bogus websites on the internet that required registration details including contact details.

"If in any instance a customer has registered his or her mobile number as part of the email registration then this could be another potential source of information for scam operators," he said.

Mr Prasad advised that in such instances, individuals must refer all information to the appropriate authorities for clarification.