New Telephone Scam

sgtpepperband

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#1
Please scan through the text below for a recent home telephone scam I have been made aware of. I don't usually pass on 'scams warnings' however this one seems very plausible (especially the part about the ‘mute’ button.)

[...]I received a call from a 'representative' of BT, informing me that he was disconnecting me because of an unpaid bill. He demanded payment immediately of L31.00, or it would be L 118.00 to re-connect at a later date.

The guy wasn't even fazed when I told him I was with Virgin Media, allegedly VM have to pay BT a percentage for line rental!

I asked the guy's name - the very 'English' John Peacock with a very 'African' accent - and phone number - 0800 0800 152.

Obviously the fella realised I wasn't believing his story, so offered to demonstrate that he was from BT. I asked how & he told me to hang up and try phoning someone - he would disconnect my phone to prevent this.

AND HE DID!! My phone was dead - no engaged tone, nothing - until he phoned me again.

Very pleased with himself, he asked if that was enough proof that he was with BT. I asked how the payment was to be made & he said credit card, there and then.

I said that I didn't know how he'd done it, but I had absolutely no intention of paying him, I didn't believe his name or that he worked for BT.

He hung up.

Did 1471 & phoned his fictitious 0800 number - not recognised.

I phoned the police to let them know , I wasn't the first! It's only just started apparently but it is escalating.

Their advice was to let as many people know by word of mouth of this scam. The fact that the phone does go off would probably convince some people it's real, so please let as many friends and family be aware of this.

This is good but not that clever. He gave the wrong number - it should have been 0800 800152 which takes you through to BT Business. The cutting off of the line is very simple, he stays on the line with the mute button on and you can't dial out - but he can hear you trying (This is because the person who initiates a call is the one to terminate it). When you stop trying he cuts off and immediately calls back. You could almost be convinced! The sad thing is that it is so simple that it will certainly fool the elderly and vulnerable...
I have checked the usual sources (e.g. Scopes, etc.) but cannot find any evidence that this is an urban myth. Please disseminate as necessary.
 
#3
Strange how they ring up when the phone bill's due and they know how much you owe as well: when I phoned BT about the call I had and complained, I never got a reply. My guy was "Michael" - definitely from the "Sub-Continent".
 
#4
lsadirty said:
Strange how they ring up when the phone bill's due and they know how much you owe as well: when I phoned BT about the call I had and complained, I never got a reply. My guy was "Michael" - definitely from the "Sub-Continent".
I'll phone again tomorrow. :wink: Is this a case for x directory?
 
#5
I've received several international calls recently from people claiming to be from BT in Swindon :roll: Same pattern: sexy sounding female suggests there are problems with my credit card. All I need to do is allow them to check my credit card details..... Background sound of busy office. Tell sexy voiced woman that I'm curtailing the conversation.

Would I have been more receptive and gullible had I been into females? ;)
 
#6
trelawney126 said:
lsadirty said:
Strange how they ring up when the phone bill's due and they know how much you owe as well: when I phoned BT about the call I had and complained, I never got a reply. My guy was "Michael" - definitely from the "Sub-Continent".
I'll phone again tomorrow. :wink: Is this a case for x directory?
I'm ex-directory, but don't let that be a brake on calling me! :razz:
 
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