The new telephone 'scam' has arrived.
I received a call from a 'representative' of BT,informing me that he was disconnecting me because of anunpaid bill. He demanded payment immediately of £31.00, orit would be £118.00 to re-connect at a later date.
The guy wasn't even fazed when I told him I was withVirgin Media, allegedly VM have to pay BT a percentage forline rental!
I asked the guy's name - the very 'English'John Peacock with a very 'African' accent - &phone number - 0800 0800 152 0800 0800 152 .
Obviously the fella realized I wasn't believing hisstory, so offered to demonstrate that he was from BT. Iasked how & he told me to hang up & try phoningsomeone - 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 enoughproof that he was with BT. I asked how the payment was to bemade & he said credit card, there & then.
I said that I didn't know how he'd done it, but Ihad absolutely no intention of paying him, I didn'tbelieve his name or that he worked for BT.
He hung up.
Did 1471 & phoned his fictitious 0800 number – notrecognised.
I phoned the police to let them know, I wasn't thefirst! It's only just started apparently but it isescalating.
Their advice was to let as many people know byword of mouth of this scam. The fact that the phone does gooff would probably convince some people it's real, soplease let as many friends & family aware ofthis.
This is good but not that clever. He gave the wrong number - it shouldhavebeen 0800 800152 0800 800152 which takes you through to BT Business. The cutting offofthe line is very simple , he stays on the line with the mute button on andyou can't dial out - but he can hear you trying. (This is because thepersonwho initiates a call is the one to terminate it). When you stop trying hecuts off and immediately calls back. You could almost be convinced! Thesadthing is that it is so simple that it will certainly fool the elderly andvulnerable.Obviously, if this scam is real, once they have your credit/debit carddetails, there is nothing to stop them cleaning out your account.