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HappyHuggy Sat 18-Jun-05 18:14:19

I recieved this e-mail from my works head office today and thought i'd let you all know:

> >Phone fraud
> >
> >(a)There is 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 telephones 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 in 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 by then will be £100.
> >
> >Since the calls are originating from outside the UK, BT and other telephone
> >
> >companies are left relatively powerless to act. The only safe solution is to HANG UP
> >
> >before the message prompts you to dial 9, even safer HANG UP on any unsolicited
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> >'free offer calls'.
> >
> >I know of a number of people (including myself) who have received this type of call
> >
> >at home.
> >
> >(b) There is apparently another scam operating on mobile phones as well. A missed
> >
> >call comes up, the number is 0709 020 3840, the last four numbers may vary, but
> >
> >certainly the first four 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 of
> >
> >the call, but apparently this is completely legal.
> >
> >So beware, (a) disconnect the call as soon as you hear recorded message
> >
> >congratulating you on winning an all expenses trip to an exotic location, and (b)do
> >
> >not call back numbers beginning with '0709'.
> >
> >PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ONTO YOUR FAMILY & FRIENDS

sparklymieow Sat 18-Jun-05 18:15:14

its not true!

HappyHuggy Sat 18-Jun-05 18:16:31

isnt it?

tribpot Sat 18-Jun-05 18:21:04

Snopes on the 0709 part of the hoax

There are no premium rate numbers that charge £20 or £50 an hour. The emails themselves are a basically a nuisance as people feel they should pass the information on to others (quite understandable, I'm not having a go at you).

tribpot Sat 18-Jun-05 18:21:48

"£20 an hour" - I meant £20 a minute - DOH!

SaintGeorge Sat 18-Jun-05 18:23:01

Jayzmummy posted this yesterday - I told her it was a hoax but I got the strong impression she didn't believe me.

lillies Sat 18-Jun-05 18:24:06

not sure about the premium rate charges, but I got this call last week. I picked up the phone and an automated message said 'pack your bags, you are going on holiday' I put the phone down so was probably not charged anything.

HappyHuggy Sat 18-Jun-05 18:24:11

I got it from work (or should i say ex-work or it will be in 10 minutes anyway )

oh well, at least you can say i care......

tribpot Sat 18-Jun-05 19:00:12

The phone calls about "you have won a holiday" are v irritating, but you can't be charged for receiving them (esp if you don't 'press 9 to find out more' or whatever). Unfortunately they can get round the Telephone Preference Service if they originate overseas. But I would certainly recommend anyone who wants to avoid being cold called adds their details to the TPS, we get very few.

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