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    Telstra warns of SMS hoax

    Telstra is warning mobile phone users of a chain-SMS hoax that encourages them to forward the message to eight people to receive free SMS for a month.

    "There is simply no truth to the rumour that by forwarding the SMS on, customers will receive free SMS text messages," said Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen, Telstra group manager of personal messaging and emergency services. "Only a small number of customers have received this SMS hoax, but Telstra wants to dispel the myth before it spreads widely."

    "Unfortunately, Telstra has no way of knowing who started the SMS hoax nor their motivation for sending it," said van Nieuwenhuizen.

    Chain-SMS messages have been circulating in India for a while, and last year a psychiatrist raised the possibility they were started by the mobile carriers to increase revenue.

    As mobile phones become more ubiquitous and are integrated more tightly into the lives of individuals these hoaxes are likely to become more common.



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    You would have to be completey STUPID to believe this in the first place.

    One of my girlfriends' "friends" was stupid enough to believe this. I say "friends" because she's an idiot, and does nothing but cause arguments and petty bullsh*t fights with my g/f. Goes to show where her brain ranks in at, considering she could fall for such a scam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MY 4
    One of my girlfriends' "friends" was stupid enough to believe this.

    Some people are born DUMB.
    Ah.... Excel drivers hey I could post a picture of her.

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    Hahaha! Nah, wrong bitch-friend Deka. That's Alana. The one i'm referring to is a Mirage driver, but not Al. It's Kirsten.

    Thanks all the same!

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    Yes, I agree, you have to be a little slow upstairs to believe this. It would be bad enough on it's own, but considering the "Bill Gates will send us all to Disneyland" emails that have been doing the rounds for the last few years, you'd have to be pretty freakin' gullible.

    Funny, on first reading about this at smh.com.au, my first thought it that it wouldn't surprise me if the Telcos are behind it. Everyone who gets it sends it on 8 times, then starts SMSing like crazy thinking that it's free. Great little money earner, that one...
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    Yes, you would have to be really dumb to fall for this and a lot of other scams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. 306
    Yes, you would have to be really dumb to fall for this and a lot of other scams.
    You could always open a bank account for some Nigerian guy

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    Quote Originally Posted by LookingforMi16
    Great little money earner, that one...
    Certainly is. It is estimated that an SMS only costs the telcos around 2-3c to provide, but they charge 25c.

    Australian SMS costs are amongst the highest in the developed world. Over in places such as Denmark, telcos are coming up with unlimited SMS plans (oh that'd be a worry for some )

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    Made the news in Qld this week. A chap ( from Hervey Bay? ) gave his bank details to someone in Nigeria and got $67000 removed from it for his trouble. Makes you wonder.

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    This guy has fun with them ...

    http://www.ebolamonkeyman.com/

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    I just got a some strange call on my new Nokia 6111. A sydney number saying i have won a competition. It turned up as a missed call and if dialled back was a huge recorded message saying I hasd won something.
    People be warned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MY 4
    You would have to be completey STUPID to believe this in the first place.

    One of my girlfriends' "friends" was stupid enough to believe this. I say "friends" because she's an idiot, and does nothing but cause arguments and petty bullsh*t fights with my g/f. Goes to show where her brain ranks in at, considering she could fall for such a scam.

    Some people are born DUMB.
    Go on. Don't hold back, tell us what you really think.

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