SINGAPORE - The makers of instant messaging app, MessageMe, said on Tuesday that an SMS making its rounds, including here in Singapore, warning users that it is sending out a "spam virus", is a hoax.
Mobile phone users hit by SMS spam for messaging app
The messages, which appear to be sent directly from MessageMe, also come with a link that sends users to the app's iTunes store or Google Play page
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Here is the full statement posted on the firm's Facebook page:
Many thanks to the community for bringing to our attention the circulation of the following fake message, which suggests that our service is sending out spam SMS invites with the intent to compromise user data:
Your privacy is of utmost importance, so we wish to inform you that this message is a hoax and entirely untrue. Any texts you receive to join MessageMe will be from one of your personal contacts, that has specifically sent you an invitation.
“If you received SMS fm MessageMe, don't click the link. Ignore & delete. It’s a spam virus going around. Once u click the link, the same SMS wil be sent out to ALL your contacts & max out your SMS quota. People have been receiving calls from +375602605281, +37127913091 or any number starting with a +375, or +371 number. One ring & they hang up, leaving a missed call message. If you call back it’s one of those numbers that are charged $15-$30 & they can copy your contact list in 3 sec. If you have bank or credit card details on your phone, they can copy that too. So don’t answer or call!”
Clicking the download link in the message will take you, respectively, to either the App Store, or the Google Play. It will NOT send an SMS to all of your contacts, and will NEVER charge you to send an SMS..
If you are interested in learning more about the friend invitation process, or our service in general, please take time to visit our FAQ articles regarding Registration and Inviting Friends.
We sincerely apologize for any confusion this has caused and in the meanwhile, would be more than happy to address any questions or concerns you may have. Please feel free to reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MessageMe Community Team