Bogus text circulated

Residents in the Cayman Islands are being warned not to respond to a text message currently being sent to LIME cell phones.

The police and the telecommunications company have been made aware of the message which claims that the recipient has won money in an ongoing promotion.

The full message reads: CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your MOBILE NUMBER have won EUR 470,000 in the ongoing GSM FREE BONANZA, For claim, Email: [email protected] or call +34-669295736.

‘All residents are urged not to respond to the message if they receive it,’ said Inspector Angela McLean of the Financial Crime Unit.

‘We haven’t received any official complaints yet and we want to keep it that way.’

LIME Country Manager Tony Ritch emphasised that the text was not legitimate.

‘LIME would like to advise customers not to respond to this as it is mobile phone spam, effectively an unsolicited bulk message that has been sent to potentially thousands of our customers. We did not authorize or send this message, it is a hoax,’ he said.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.