On 2 Sep 2013 at 1:17am Dingo wrote:
I have just been made aware of this scam from a friend of a friend.
Received a phone call from BT, informing me that he was disconnecting 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 VM have 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 'African' 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. 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 & he said credit card, there & 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. 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 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 many. 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, to be used for larger purchases.
On 2 Sep 2013 at 9:03am A person wrote:
Thanks Dingo: a very valuable warning. The simple answer is to try on your mobile, I suppose, if anyone tries something similar.
On 2 Sep 2013 at 10:30am Slarty wrote:
This has been going since at least 2006. Hardly new, but people still fall for it.
On 2 Sep 2013 at 12:31pm Clifford wrote:
And who, I wonder, would believe they had an unpaid bill if they didn't?
On 2 Sep 2013 at 2:09pm sjep76 wrote:
I have just nearly been the victim of another scam. Somebody has just phoned me saying they were from Microsoft and last time my computer updated they were informed it had been infected. They then tried to take control of my computer remotely but instead of fixing it they would have taken any personal details off of the computer and infected it so they could hack into internet banking, payments e.t.c.
Microsoft confirmed to me they don't have this kind of access to computers and do not make unsolicited calls.
I have also reported it to actionfraud.org.uk.
On 2 Sep 2013 at 2:37pm Tangled Up wrote:
I too had a call from "Microsoft". Already being aware of this scam, which has been around for quite a while, I strung him along. We had a nice chat and it took him ages to realise he'd been rumbled! I managed to get one final X certificate sentence in before he rang off!
On 2 Sep 2013 at 8:59pm Bongo wrote:
I've never had such calls, and I'm very disappointed! I'd have so much fun with them
Simple answer to any scammers ringing you - 'Hold on a minute....', and just go away for as long as it takes for them to realise that actually, you aren't really coming back
On 3 Sep 2013 at 4:42pm Tangled Up wrote:
Jeez! They are at it again! Just had a call from "Steve" telling me he was from "Microsoft" and guess what, I've got a Virus! Strange as I'm feeling pretty chipper today! He left after a brief exchange of rather naughty and descriptive words. If he put as much energy into a real job I'm sure he'd be a success!
On 3 Sep 2013 at 8:26pm Buzz wrote:
I never get any phone calls
On 4 Sep 2013 at 4:36am wrote:
Do what I do, tell them you hope their children get cancer.
On 4 Sep 2013 at 10:46pm A wrote:
I always tell them I need to boil a kettle as my computer runs off steam.... then go and make a cup of tea! If they are silly enough to be on the line when I come back they get both barrels!!!!
On 5 Sep 2013 at 12:01am Horseman7 wrote:
My old cocker spaniel, recently deceased, would sing to order. I used to hand the phone over to her and go and make a cup of tea.