Phone scam beware 2

  kinger 15:43 27 Nov 2004

This one is doing the rounds too ... found on several message boards.

I have been advised of a telephone fraud
currently in operation (this applies to home
and/or work telephones - land lines and mobiles)

If you do receive one of these calls, upon
answering the telephone, you will hear a
recorded message congratulating you on winning
an all expenses trip to an exotic location.

You will then be asked to press 9 to hear further
details. If you press 9 you will be connected
to a premium rate line that costs approximately
£20 per minute. Even if you disconnect
immediately, it will remain connected for a minimum of 5 minutes, costing around £100.

The final part of the call involves you being asked to key your postcode and house number (which has other serious consequences).

After a further 2 minutes you will receive a
message informing you that you are not one of
the lucky winners. The total bill will be £260.

Since the calls are originating from outside the UK, BT and othertelephone companies are left relatively powerless to act.

The only safe solution is to HANG UP
before the message prompts you to press 9; even
safer is to HANG UP on any unsolicited 'free offer’ call. This appears to be a variation on a theme, warnings have been sent previously regarding calls made by individuals claiming to be engineers conducting a test on the line and asking for 9, 0# and text messages similar to the routine described above.

BT has been contacted and confirmed the details as being true.

There is another scam operating on Mobile Phones.
A Missed Call comes up. The number is 0709 020 3840.

The last four numbers may vary but certainly the
first numbers will remain the same.

If you call this number back, you will be charged £50 per minute. People have complained about their phone bills, once they have realised the cost ofthe call but apparently this is completely

So beware, do not call back numbers beginning with 0709.

Please feel free to pass this information on to
your family and friends.

The only way to beat scams like this is to be pre
warned and hopefully none of us will get caught.

  g0slp 15:54 27 Nov 2004

My mobile rang; when I answered, a recorded message started up "Congratulations, your phone number ends in -xxx (actually they WERE the last 3 digits of my number)and you have won..." at which point I broke the connection.

A scam was, to my cynical mind, obviously on the cards.

I haven't heard of the second scam that kinger mentions though.

  Vague Boy 15:58 27 Nov 2004

I've had one of those recorded messages about a luxury holiday. Fortunately I was out so it was recorded on my answering machine.

£20 a min. does seem like a way to make easy money, hopefully this won't be the first of many scams like this.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 16:04 27 Nov 2004
  Salinger 16:32 27 Nov 2004

The regurgitation of these hoaxes is becoming tedious.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 16:34 27 Nov 2004

Google is always your friend when implausible emails do the rounds.


  Valvegrid 16:54 27 Nov 2004
  hmmmm(the original) 20:21 27 Nov 2004

If this happens to you, what can you do ?
To me it's no diferent than stealing money out of a wallet or purse.

  Salinger 20:23 27 Nov 2004

It won't happen to you, it's utter rubbish.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 21:48 27 Nov 2004

I sense that you have not been reading the threads.


  rupie 23:57 27 Nov 2004

Having read the above comments it is more likely that the e mail, about the scam, is a vehicle for spreading a Virus. These people are very cleaver, knowing that something like this would spread radidly !!!

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