A Facebook post warns that dialing *#90 or #09* allows the person on the other side of the phone to access your SIM card. Experts say that’s not true.

WASHINGTON — Most Americans are no stranger to the nuisance of robocalls and scam calls. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) monitors these to keep Americans safe from jeopardizing private information or money. 

Every now and then a social media post will pop up which claims to know about new ways bad actors can access your information. The Verify team works to make sure our viewers get the right information from the experts.

A Facebook post claims that if you press *#90 or  #09* on your mobile phone while on with another caller, they can “access your SIM card, make calls at your expense and frame you as a criminal.” Is this true?

No. None of this is possible while using a mobile phone. If you are using an office landline, punching in those digits may allow the caller to transfer the call, but cannot access a SIM card.

  • Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • Kayne McGladrey, a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics…

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