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messageBeware of Scammers
Posted by B+ June 14, 10:33AM

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS

For a couple of days now I have been getting an automated call
which tells me that my internet is going to be disconnected today.

It instructs me to press 1 on my keypad to resolve the problem
or press 2 to go ahead with the disconnection.

This will be a scam, whichever option you take (1 or 2) will
almost certainly connect you to a premium rate line
and very quickly cost you a lot of money.

The scammers will be operating from abroad, this will not be obvious
as they will be using a virtual telephone number that will make it look like they are phoning from the UK.
Also be aware that this number will keep changing slightly each time they try
to catch you out

So if you get a call like this donít panic, your internet will not be disconnected,
just hang up or let it go to answer phone if you have one.

messageRe: Beware of Scammers
Posted by ianr June 14, 06:30PM

> This will be a scam,

True.

> whichever option you take (1 or 2) will almost certainly connect
> you to a premium rate line and very quickly cost you a lot of money.

Untrue.
"Phone Fraud Ė Warning from the Police 11.5.05
"We have been advised of a telephone fraud currently in operation -this applies to home and work telephones, landlines and mobiles.

If you 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."
That's from [www.hoax-slayer.net]. See the Detailed Analysis further on for a debunking.

The key press will tell the system that a prospect has bitten on the bait. The system than redirects the call to some active connery, most likely a human con artist. Much as in this recent thread: [www.eastdulwichforum.co.uk]. But your remedy, hanging up, is fine. [forums.moneysavingexpert.com] has some useful advice on how to avoid being beguiled into making a premium call.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was june 14, 06:35pm by ianr.


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