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Is this likely to be genuine?

Rising Star
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Is this likely to be genuine?

I have just received an email from xxxx@mms.ee.uk with the title This Multi Media Message was sent wirefree from an MMS phone. The xxxx seems to be a UK mobile mobile number as it starts 4478 but is not in my list of contacts. I haven't opened it and don't intend to but can anyone tell me whether it is likely to be dodgy as there seems to be an attachment to it?

I am used to the normal scams such as my PayPal account has been suspended but haven't come across anything like this.

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Champion
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Re: Is this likely to be genuine?

Google it.

Some people say it's a scam, others say it's genuine.  

There's even a mention of it being a bug in EE's system.

You decide............

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Re: Is this likely to be genuine?

My reaction, if I don't recognise the sender of a text, MMS or anything else, is to delete without opening. The chances are it will be spam.

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Re: Is this likely to be genuine?

I'm inclined to agree with @jab1, if it's that important they'll call you and you can ask them to re-send if needed.

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Re: Is this likely to be genuine?

From addresses can be easily spoffed.

Try and get the e-mail headers and post them on here, just make sure if there is any personal information in them to remove it from the data.

Rising Star
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Re: Is this likely to be genuine?

@Alex  Thanks but I've now permanently deleted it. However all I could see was (No subject) followed by "This Multi Media Message was sent wirefree from an MMS phone" 

Thanks to all for the replies. 

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Re: Is this likely to be genuine?

Other thing I can think of is have you had your mobile number for long?

When I took out a second contract I had a new mobile number, which I assume had been recycled as I was getting strange texts and nobody knew that number as I still was using my main one.

Only reason I got a second mobile, this was in the pre-cross networks era minutes. Costs an arm and a leg if someone wasn't on the same network as you and it done my head in. Some companies were doing cashback deals - so you take the risk if they go bust you won't get it.

Worked out at paying £50 for a chepo phone, same as PAYG. The contract with inclusive minutes to another friends network worked out line rental free once you got the cashback for 12 months.

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Re: Is this likely to be genuine?

I think there is a clue to the fact this this may well be spam in the terminology used in the text i.e. ‘wirefree’. Used in an attempt to give the message some credibility as I can’t see why such an odd turn of phrase would be used.

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Re: Is this likely to be genuine?

Didn't pick up on that @Anonymous but yes given that I would now suspect it to be a scam and I would ignore like the OP has done.

Rising Star
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Re: Is this likely to be genuine?

@Alex. It came through to my email. I've had this address for about 15 years. It is one I use for general use. I have another one I use for banking etc. My mobile number is even older.

Wirefree seems an odd phrase as Nook said.

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Re: Is this likely to be genuine?

Yep, ok that rules that out.

What extension is the attachment?

I still suspect it is not legit and I would avoid.

Rising Star
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Re: Is this likely to be genuine?

@Alex Thanks but I've deleted it now. All I can remember was a paper clip symbol and the information given early.

I am very wary as a few years I got an email that seemed to come from a friend with a message "you will like this" and it invited me to open an attachment. I was suspicious as it was signed Victoria and not Vicky. Luckily I phoned her and didn't open it.

Thanks again for your time and help.