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Warning about 'BT' scam

SuperEd 10
Found 7th Mar 2010
just had a BT line installed 2 weeks ago,And just had a phonecall stating the person was calling from BT collections, i said yes can i help,they stated i have had my outgoing calls blocked until i pay £6 because of my line being upgraded from analogue to digital. I should have received a letter thats why he was ringing. i told him in words i cannot use on here to 'go away'.

But he did read out my initial and surname and my full home address

and hasnt rung back,seems like a few people have had this call so just a heads up

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BT are renowned for selling your details, :x

Original Poster SuperEd

choc1969;8042594

BT are renowned for selling your details, :x



hmm i was thinking virgin lol

Always ask for BT staffs E.I.N or OUC number

Phone customer service or anywhere in BT and ask someone else to verify them if in any doubt at all.

The scams are getting more sophisticated

choc1969;8042594

BT are renowned for selling your details, :x



Where did you here that? :?

Starr;8042621

Where did you here that? :?



BT engineer :oops: who I'm related to

Sadly the biggest seller of our details are the Goverment.

You only need to go to 192.com and put in your name and town in, search people and you can get all the info on anyone you require. There is also an option to buy credits and obtain even more info.

The only way to stop yourself appearing on here as far as I know is to mark a cross in the box when filling in the electoral register paperwork.

Its no wonder there are so many sucessful scammers out there!

thanks for the heads up will tell the oh shes always a bit gullable i remember us once "winning a time share in cran canaria"lol

Original Poster SuperEd

kareandy;8042913

thanks for the heads up will tell the oh shes always a bit gullable i … thanks for the heads up will tell the oh shes always a bit gullable i remember us once "winning a time share in cran canaria"lol



lol... did u enjoy it... :-D

POSTED BY: diabeticguy 4 months, 2 weeks ago

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.

Dialled 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

Banned

goonertillidie;8042599

hmm i was thinking virgin lol



I think virgin a lot. :whistling:
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