In August 2004 the makers of the Resident Evil videogame
launched a marketing campaign to promote the latest version
of their game. The marketing campaign included a website
through which text messages could be sent to mobile phone
users, telling them that they were infected by a virus.
Some mobile phone users may be concerned by the unsolicited
text messages and believe that their phone is genuinely
infected by a mobile phone virus.
Here are examples of some of the different SMS text messages
that can be received:
Outbreak: I'm infecting you with t-virus, my code is
<6 letter alphanumeric code>. Forward this to 60022 to get your
own code and chance to win prizes. More at t-virus.co.uk
Another version reads:
Outbreak: By signing up at t-virus.co.uk you are infected!
Reply VIRUS STOP to disinfect yourself (and not win great prizes)