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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.

    21 Comments

    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.

    thats a cracker!!!

    im going to try it!

    Useful info - repped

    It's sad that folk fall for scams like this.

    Starr;6334405

    Ofcome … Ofcome responcehttp://www.ofcom.org.uk/consumer/2009/09/scam-alert-beware-of-bogus-callers/



    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

    SuperEd

    cheers for the heads up m8

    ChipSticks;6334642

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

    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:

    also wouldnt companies like bt write to you to tell you that you owe them money????

    Original Poster

    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

    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.

    Original Poster

    cis_groupie;6337072

    If you pay by direct debit then any debt would be collected using the … 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:

    Original Poster

    ttt....

    Banned

    shauneco;6334571

    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 :w00t: ;-)

    Original Poster

    kapows;6345227

    i was about to second this...till i saw the badge!!its sad that fergie … 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:

    Original Poster

    ttt....

    Sorry for the bumps but its better people know

    Starr;6364562

    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

    tracyhay;8682138

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



    This info 8 months old mate.:thinking:

    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

    tara1082;8682245

    This info 8 months old mate.:thinking:



    ChipSticks;8682396

    Crikey, just clicked on this, saw I had replied but had no recollection … 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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