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    I have been informed of this Phone Scam that is apparently fairly new - please inform family & friends

    I received a call from a 'representative' of BT, informing me that he was dis-connecting me because of an unpaid bill.
    He demanded payment immediately of 31.00 or it would be 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 “your supplier” has to pay BT a percentage for line rental!

    I asked the guy's name - he gave me the very 'English' John Peacock with a very 'Asian' accent - & phone number - 0800 0800 152.

    Obviously the fellow realized I didn't believe his story, so offered to demonstrate that he was from BT.
    Intrigued I asked how & he told me to hang up & 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 and 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. I dialed 1471 - number withheld

    I phoned his fictitious 0800 number - not recognized, so 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 as possible know of this scam. The fact that the phone does go off would probably
    convince some people it's real, so please make as many friends & family aware of this.

    So how is it done?
    This is good but not that clever.. He gave the wrong number - it should have been 0800 800 152 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 starts the 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.

    By the way this is not about getting the cash as this would not get past merchant services - it is all about getting the credit card details
    which include the security number so that it can be used for far larger purchases.
    Last edited by Saldash; 13-08-11, 17:32. Reason: formatted.. Firefox hates me..

  • #2
    Cheers dude +1

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    • #3
      thanks mate

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      • #4
        Thanks. I'll let my mum know and I think I'll share this on Facebook...

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        • #5
          Thanks I will tell my father before he falls for it.


          • #6
            Shared it on Facebook ! Thanks man

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            • #7
              Oohhhh, I'll be picking the phone up more often, this should be fun.
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              Originally posted by Simon1987
              I need to start spreading some reputation around just so I can +/- 0 you later.


              • #8
                :0 thanks for the warning, tho this has happened before like my mum not hanging up on her mobile and the call is still on the house phone for another 10mins.

                Shall be having my fun with them while I do this


                • #9
                  0800 08x are ccd's - call country direct lines iirc... you can ask for bt for one and it routes your calls to wherever you are in the world.
                  So, If your board.. dial 0800 089 0011 and you'll get through to at&t in the states and from there you can use calling cards etc...

                  Intresting to hear scammers using them nowerdays though,

                  Kind of relatedSomeone I know who lives in manchester had his number blacklisted by at&t because of people using calling cards to call it..


                  • #10
                    These guys are relentless. There is so many people I know who would almost fall for this.

                    Originally posted by Saldash View Post
                    but he can hear you trying
                    If this happens to me I'm grabbing a foghorn and blasting it down the mouthpiece. Bet he wont see that coming

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                    • #11
                      far to many of these scams about.

                      these people pray on the elderly and the dumb


                      • #12
                        It's actually pretty easy to tie up a phone line so that the person can't make a call. Whoever makes the call has control over it, if they don't hang up your landline is kept connected to them. You'll pick up the phone and they'll be there waiting for you... If they hit secrecy then it sounds like a dead line, but they can hear you pressing the buttons trying to dial...

                        I found this out when I had a scary stalker ex girlfriend who would literally stay on the phone for hours, just so she could give me grief every time I tried to phone anyone... Whistling really loudly sometimes helps get rid of these nuisances... The louder the better. You're aiming to deafen them
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                        • #13
                          One of my colleagues at work had this call too..
                          Not sure how he handled the caller but I'm really liking the Foghorn/whistle ideas.. alot!


                          • #14
                            What happens if you remove the erm, not sure what it's called, the plug which goes into the wall lol, the modem cable?
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                            Originally posted by Simon1987
                            I need to start spreading some reputation around just so I can +/- 0 you later.


                            • #15
                              Cheers for letting us know
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