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Please take care If Some One Asks You To Dial #09 or #90. Please Do Not Dial This When Asked. Please circulate Urgently.
If you receive a phone call on your Mobile from any person saying that they are checking your mobile line, and you have to press #90 or #09 or any other number. End this call immediately without pressing any numbers. Team 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 u can, to stop it. This information has been confirmed by both Motorola and Nokia. There are over 3 million affected mobile phones.

Hoax or Fact:
Mixture of hoax and facts.

This message started spreading from almost a decade back, through emails and has appeared again on many social networking sites in various forms. The story claims that fraud people or organizations call people on their mobile phones deceiving them to dial and press #90 or #09 or any other number, which gives them the access to your mobile account that can be exploited in unfair means.

It is a fact that such a scam is possible, but it does not effect any mobile or residential phone users, it is possible only with certain types of vulnerable business phone systems that use PBX(private branch exchange) or PBAX(private automatic branch exchange) configurations. Such type of configurations are mostly used by businesses, hospitals, government and private organizations. In such configurations, pressing 9 is a standard signal to connect to an outside line through call forwarding, so when you dial #09 or #90, the scammer gains access to your line and can exploit your phone line in any unfair means.

Such business phone systems are advised to disallow call transfers to these numbers and must be trained to handle such scammers. Mentioned in the reference section are definite guidelines from FCC to avoid such scams.

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HIGH ALERT – MUST SHARE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE – CALL FROM + 375 NUMBER – FACTS ANALYSIS

Must share as soon as possible..

Please take this very seriously. People have been receiving international calls from +375602605281 or any number starting from +375 number one ring & hang up. If you call back it’s one of those Numbers that are charged 15-30$ & they can copy ur contact list in 3 sec & if u have bank or credit card details on your phone, they can copy that too…But I don’t know abt stealing data from mobile…. But call is confirm…Because I have got it also..
Don’t answer or call back. Please forward this to your friends and family.

Hoax or Fact:
Mixture of hoax and facts.
It is a fact that from the past few days, many subscribers have been receiving missed calls from unknown international numbers, especially starting with an international code of +375. The above warning messages started spreading right after couple of these incidents. The above warning has been mostly circulating around BlackBerry Messenger, WhatsApp and Facebook, creating panic among mobile users. The story also claims that one you can be charges up to $15-30 per minute, and may even copy your bank account and credit card details from your phone. The story also mentions Ajish Nair who is believed to have lost 35 lacks from his bank account as a result of this call. However, most of these are hoax messages. This story is reported in Mid-Day.
Vishal Bhatt, an employee from a leading media company who fell victim to this call said,
“I got a call on Saturday and on Tuesday. I then verified that the number belonged to Belarus. When I spoke to Vodafone about the call, they confirmed it was a faulty call. They also told me that it was Rs 15 that had been deducted when I tried returning the call and not $15 as per the warning message.”

Explaining this call phenomenon, Vijay Mukhi, an IT expert, said,

“It is impossible to copy someone’s contacts and bank details from a phone, without hacking into it. It is an old scam under the Priority Payment Number a computer program dials as many series of numbers as possible.

There is one ring for giving a missed call. We believe it to be an international number and call back following which the service provider charges the caller for making an international call. The money thus charged is then paid to the company owning the number by the service provider. A portion of this money is then paid to the scammer by the company. So, the only advice is to never call back.”

Note that scam calls and messages from international numbers starting from +375 and +92 have been reported earlier. They claimed that the mobile user has won big amounts like 550,000 pounds in some promo lottery, asking to send name & address of the winner to a particular email. That scam was intended only to trick users, get their personal details and cheat financially. So, it is quite clear that suspicious calls from international numbers starting with +375 and +92 are from scammers, and must not be responded.

This phenomenon of missed calls from suspicious numbers has become common in India, from the past January. Many Vodafone subscribers, especially in Tamil Nadu, Chennai, Uttar Pradesh have complained about dubious missed calls from ISD numbers, like +22455xxxxx. People who tried to call back on these numbers were infact charged a whopping Rs.45 per minute.

Airtel users too have complained about receiving missed calls from numbers starting with +92. Even some BSNL subscribers in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have received calls from ISD numbers starting with +263xxxx and +960xxxxx, and were charged Rs.50/ per minute for calling back. This is a missed call technique used by scammers to trick users and get financial benefit from the mobile companies. Most of these dubious ISD calls will be from premium numbers, which are charged high when called back. Vodafone, Airtel and BSNL have infact issued a warning about it on their official websites.

Therefore, if you get international calls or messages from suspicious numbers like +375xxxx and +92xxxxx, discard the calls and do not respond to their messages. And the part of the story saying, copying your bank account and credit card details from your phone by a simple phone call is nothing but an exaggerated hoax.

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12 YEAR OLD GIRL CRIES CRYSTALS!


A 12 year-old Lebanese girl has baffled medical experts by producing crystals from her eyes. Coming at a rate of seven a day, the crystals are razor sharp, but do not harm her eyes. Hasnah Mohamed Meselmani’s condition is yet to be explained.

Hoax or Fact:
Hoax.

This video showing a 12 year old Lebanese girl crying hard crystals from her eyes started circulating ever since the video was made in 1996. It became popular on YouTube and spread rapidly through email forwards and sharing on social networks. The video shows a Lebanese girl named Hasnah Mohamed Meselmani who started producing hard crystals from her eyes while crying. The girl was believed to have told their parents that a heavenly figure in white, calling himself as a messenger of God used to visit her. The family of the girl explained the incident quoting,

“It all began in March 1996. She was at school when she felt something strange in her left eye – her first piece of crystal, which, understandably, troubled her. Back home, she told her family what had happened and, while she was doing so, a second piece of crystal appeared in her eye. Her father took her to the city of Chtaura to see Dr Araji, an ophthalmologist. The girl stayed in his clinic for two weeks, and the crystals kept flowing out of her eye as she cries. Dr Araji certified that the pieces from the girl’s eyes were real crystals and said he had no scientific explanation of the phenomenon. It could only be understood, he thought, as an act of God.”
This story was quoted in an article of Share International website under signs and miracles section. The article claims that Saudi Arabian officials tested those crystals from the girl’s eyes as she cries and found them to be real. The sources further claim that the officials tried to keep the girls father quiet, as this was creating lot of fuss, and also offered him $50,000.
The article and the story however look skeptical and fanciful. The girl stopped producing crystals few months after the story started circulating, and it never recommenced over the years. Joe Nickell, a former magician and researcher studied this particular case and proved that the phenomenon can be easily duplicated with a simple trick. He gathered some similar crystals, pulled out his lower eyelid to form a pouch and dropped in few crystals so that they rested comfortably. Then in front of a camera, he tugged on the lower eye lid, similar to the sensation of girl crying, when the crystals came into view and came out of the eye slowly, just like it happend in the case of the girl.

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Warning: Announcement from Facebook Verification Team. All Facebook Profiles Must Be Verified Before 10th June 2012 To Avoid Scams and Scams Under SOPA Act. The Unverified Accounts Will Be Terminated.

Verify Your Accounts By Below Steps

Step 1: click here to verify

Final Step click Below: complete Verification

 

Hoax or Fact:
Hoax.

This facebook warning to verify your Facebook account claims to come from official Facebook verification team in the form of a facebook application that shows couple of steps to verify your facebook account.

When clicked, official Facebook warning pops up to show that this app will receive your basic information and location and permission to post on your Facebook profile. After logging in, the app asks to ” Verify Your Account By Inviting Your Friends. Please Finish This Verification to keep your accounts safe.” If you cancel the request, a pop up comes up saying ” The page at amazingvideoz.com says – You Must Invite Friends To Proove that you are not a bot.” This proves that the app could be related to amazingvideoz spamming.

Final Step click Below: complete Verification

When clicked, the app leads to surveys to verify your account, claiming that you will not complete your verification until you complete the surveys.

Also, the Facebook app asks for age verification in between, which when clicked leads to third party sites like dating. Even while closing this scam application, a message pops up leading to third party ads.

Therefore, this is in no way official facebook verification, it is simply a misleading Facebook Phishing scam application intended to grab personal information of users, post marketing stuff on their facebook timeline, promote advertisements, invite their friends and get done surveys for free. Facebook users are advised not to believe in any such misleading phishing applications.
What if you have accessed the app already:
If you have already used this scam application to verify your Facebook account and are being mislead with its advertisements, postings and improper requests to your friends on facebook, you can remove the complete activity of the app by simply deleting it from your Facebook profile. Go to your account settings, Apps, choose the app and then remove it from your Facebook profile.

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PAYPAL – YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION HAS CHANGED 
An email supposed to be from PayPal was circulating claiming that the recipient’s credit card has been removed from his/her PayPal account, and so he has to follow the link in the email to update his information and sort out the issue.

Subject: Your credit card information has been changed!
Your credit card information has been changed.
On December 25, 2011, your credit card has been removed from your PayPal account.
You are receiving this email notification because this email address is listed as the administrative contact email for your PayPal account. If you believe this is an error, click the link below, log in to your PayPal account and follow the instructions.
http://www.example.com
Please do not reply to this email. This mailbox is not monitored and you will not receive a response.
Sincerely,
PayPal

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PayPal Email ID PP8116

Hoax or Fact:
Hoax.
The email has a genuine looking PayPal logo which makes it look like a genuine one, but the fact is that the email is not from PayPal. It is a phishing attempt from cyber criminals to gather secure information from the users. The PayPal users who fall for this scam are taken to a website that looks similar to the PayPal, where they were asked to enter their personal information like name, address, contact details, driver’s licence as well as credit card information.

Do not fall for such insecure emails, always login to your PayPal account by entering the PayPal address into your web browser to avoid any such scams. PayPal states strict guidelines to save you from such fraudulent activities. Read the reference section for complete PayPal guidelines and details to keep your account safe from such scams.
References:
PayPal Guidelines

Facebook Black? Beware widespread scam hitting social networks

Turn Facebook pink, red or black? Don’t fall for online scams

Have you seen an image like this in your newsfeed, shared by a Facebook friend? Or spread via an event invitation?
If so, think twice before you click on the link – or you could be helping scammers earn money through survey scams or even make it easy for someone to hijack your account.

fb-black

Messages and images inviting users to change the colour of their Facebook pages from the traditional blue have been appearing in rising numbers over the last few days, enticing users to click on a link to a third-party website.

For more info follow the link – http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/11/14/facebook-black-scam/

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