I know an Expert. Not a real one though. Real experts have a track record of education, followed by years in their chosen profession honing their craft, coupled with papers, books, conference speeches, and sometimes media spots (although beware the “meeja hoor”, who sad to say is an Expert with a PR agent).
Anyway, my Expert is a glib, charismatic person. She has the undoubted benefit of good looks (and who am I to say that primeval urges aren’t important decision making factors?). She’s been an Expert in Medicine (more than doctors of 40 years in practice), Law, Bodybuilding, and her latest area of expertise is apparently computer security…
I received the following email (names deleted):
Subject: worthwhile knowing
>>If you receive a phone call on your mobile 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
>>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 colleagues, relatives and friends as
>>you can, to stop it.
>>Many thanks for your time regarding this matter, take care and regards.
>>Police Constable/Crime Prevention Officer Ext (Internal)
>>Email PhilCorris@lancashire.pnn .police.uk
What I search for, I find. What we neglect escapes us.
When I was doing some fraud work for a large 3G telco about six years ago, this same email was going the rounds. Furthermore, a quick Urban Legends search reveals this has been rattling around the gullible since 1998.
Don’t pass these things on to all your friends, folks. Promoting a wave of uninformed hysteria does not make us more secure.
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