Telephone scam - beware


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Postby Hils on Sat Jan 28, 2006 14:04 pm

I don't know if anyone saw Watchdog last Tuesday on TV, the bit about the telephone scam. Anyway, when we got in last night, I checked the voicemail on the landline and there was a text message asking me to ring 07953 966066 (take note of the number) and to use the landline. Because my son had driven down to London last night and all my family including my elderly father live miles away, although alarm bells rang, I decided to ring the number. Luckily I didn't use the landline but used my mobile and as soon as a connection was made, a voice said 'Welcome to the chat line' I immediately ended the call which lasted about two seconds so beware everyone and take note. I'm now going to email Watchdog to say the scam is still going.
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Postby benidorm90 on Sat Jan 28, 2006 16:31 pm

Thanks for the warning Hils. Didn't see Watchdog so wouldn't have been aware of this and I would probably ring the number back as it just seems like a normal mobile phone number.

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Postby Hils on Sat Jan 28, 2006 16:38 pm

Yes I agree, the only reason I replied was because it looked like a mobile number, but at least I was on my guard. I've informed Watchdog because I think it's a different number they are using now to the one which Watchdog gave out last week.
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Postby benidorm90 on Sat Jan 28, 2006 16:43 pm

People who do this make me really mad as do the people who keep ringing up asking to speak to Mrs Jones and when you say there's no one of this name here they think they can interest you in their annoying sales patter :icon_grrs

They all seem to be getting through even if you block withheld numbers because of the systems they use.
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Postby tezmand on Sat Jan 28, 2006 21:18 pm

am i being thick but why was it better to have rung the number from your mobile rather than the land line ?
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Postby Hils on Mon Jan 30, 2006 09:14 am

Hi Tezmand, apparently they want you to reply on your landline because that is the number the've flagged up and shows your address. On Watchdog last week, people were ringing the number for about 3 seconds and were getting bills for �12, so I thought if I rang from my mobile, they won't be able to tie it up with the landline. Hope this makes sense.
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Postby Cyberprog on Wed Aug 01, 2007 21:44 pm

07953 966066 is the T-Mobile Text to Landline Service. You shouldn't be billed much more than a normal mobile call for this :) Google for the number (twas how I found this) and it'll tell you all about it...
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Postby oldfogey on Thu Nov 06, 2008 15:19 pm

Today I had one of these after what appears to have been quite a break in transmission, so am reporting in.

Put phone down promptly, missed the number but 1471 worked. Didn't reply.

Found this forum via google - thanks to all contributors.
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Postby ModelCitizen on Thu Nov 27, 2008 23:18 pm

These unprincipled time-wasting scamsters are still doing this. I received a meesage on my PlusNet/BT line this evening containing a rather worrying message that made one feel that you should address it even if it had been left on the wrong answer phone.

The message was from telephone 07535 742568 and asked me to call 07953 966066 to reply. I didn't.

This needs to be stopped. I was putting my young son to sleep and they rang in the middle of the bed time story.

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Postby adb34 on Tue Mar 22, 2011 18:21 pm

They have started with me know. Just the one, however it is the same number and leaving a message please phone 07953966066 from this phone. My landline, I never phone mobile numbers from my land line.

If you do a 1571 you get he same number. Can anything be done about this?

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