Chain letters evolve, spread via SMS text message

Bahrain telecoms company Batelco has issued a press release warning cellphone users not to forward an SMS text message that has been doing the rounds in the kingdom.

“Today is BATELCO Wireless 50th Anniversary Celebration Ceremony. Transfer this SMS to 10 Batelco Customers & get BD 5 Talk time free.”

Sound familiar?  It should do, because this is simply a variant of a myriad of email chain letters we have seen over the years offering Applebees gift certificates, a share of Bill Gates’ fortune, a free Ericsson mobile phone or…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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