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Copy and paste job Subject: BT phone scam PLEASE PASS ON TO YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY. The new telephone 'scam' has arrived. I received a call from a 'representative' of BT, informing me that … Read More
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suspended7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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Subject: BT phone scam

PLEASE PASS ON TO YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY.

The new telephone 'scam' has arrived.

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 £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 - the very 'English' John Peacock with a very 'African' accent - & phone number - 0800 0800 152.

Obviously the fella realized I wasn't believing 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.
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 & family 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. Obviously, if this scam is real, once they have your credit/debit card details, there is nothing to stop them cleaning out your account.
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suspended7y, 9m agoPosted 7 years, 9 months ago
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#2
Thanks for the heads up, my mum would definitely fall for something like this.

What people have to realise is that companies such as BT can't immediately cut you off within seconds, they generally give you until the end of working day or end of the month etc to complete payments.
#3
thats a cracker!!!

im going to try it!
#4
Useful info - repped
#5
It's sad that folk fall for scams like this.
#6


wow a copy and pasted scam alert that is actually not 10 years old being regurgitated out with slightly different details? lol

Thanks for the info :)
[mod]#7
cheers for the heads up m8
#8
ChipSticks
wow a copy and pasted scam alert that is actually not 10 years old being regurgitated out with slightly different details? lol

Thanks for the info :)


Yeah but a lot of unsuspecting people would fall for it...especially hearing there phoneline has been cut off with the drop of a hat (why do I keep coming out with these old phrases lol)....even though that's not possible
#9
thanks very much op ive just given my 82 year old grandad this info because he like other old people are far too trusting in other people, have left you rep too :thumbsup:
#10
also wouldnt companies like bt write to you to tell you that you owe them money????
suspended#11
Thanks guys, hope it helps

Roosterpots - BT will inform you before they cut you off, a bill would need to be outstanding for a while. Reminders would be sent at least 3.

Im shocked at how easy it is to fall for it.

Always ask BT staff for EIN, a nine digit code which is unique to them. Anyone who is asked has to provide customer with EIN
#12
If you pay by direct debit then any debt would be collected using the direct debit, so this is another reason for you to beware if someone phones you asking for payment.
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cis_groupie
If you pay by direct debit then any debt would be collected using the direct debit, so this is another reason for you to beware if someone phones you asking for payment.


Didnt think of that, good thinking.


Its the older generation that will get caught out though


Please inform elderly relatives :thumbsup:
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ttt....
banned#15
shauneco
It's sad that folk fall for scams like this.


i was about to second this...till i saw the badge!!

its sad that fergie cheated to get his way over man city!

6 mins extra time?!?!?! paid out how much did he to ref hmmm? loll :-D :p :w00t: ;-)
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kapows
i was about to second this...till i saw the badge!!

its sad that fergie cheated to get his way over man city!

6 mins extra time?!?!?! paid out how much did he to ref hmmm? loll


Most off topic post of the year award goes too...... :whistling:
:p
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ttt....

Sorry for the bumps but its better people know
#18
Starr
ttt....

Sorry for the bumps but its better people know


fab thanks, will pass it on, not everybody is as careful with their money and their details
#19
tracyhay
fab thanks, will pass it on, not everybody is as careful with their money and their details


This info 8 months old mate.:thinking:
#20
Crikey, just clicked on this, saw I had replied but had no recollection of doing so, was just about to decide my account had been hacked, then saw how old this thread is! lol
#21
tara1082
This info 8 months old mate.:thinking:


ChipSticks
Crikey, just clicked on this, saw I had replied but had no recollection of doing so, was just about to decide my account had been hacked, then saw how old this thread is! lol


lol sorry someone else posted the link in another thread and I thought it was actually quite interesting my FIL said something similar to this recently, about someone trying to get his bank details. I hadnt read this before so can let him know to watch out incase it was this:thumbsup:

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