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NEW BT SCAM - Carers UK Forum


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Just spotted this on another forum.

something you may wish to be aware of and forwarded to me today :

Beware message

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 - 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.

My phone was dead - no engaged tone, nothing - until he phoned me

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

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, so that it can be used for far
larger purchases.
Thanks for that one.!!!
What a pity these people cannot put their undeniable ingenuity to an honest way of getting money.
That is a real stinker, and would convince many people it was for real.
Many of them are just poor people in third world countries earning a very poor wage to support their families, whilst the real criminals are pulling the strings and making big money. Its time the British police started to trace these calls to source and our government should impose trade sanctions until the governments shielding the criminals clean up their act.
Yes I can well imagine that a lot of people dependant on their phone would just immediately pay up, so many scams it's hard to keep up with them all!!!
Thank you, Cheryl.
Thank you for the warning. I had a Tony Smith tell me the same tale, but I asked him for his ID number so I could look him up, as I work for BT too..............(little white lie, taught to me by an ex BT call centre operator).

Take care
Thanks for that- GOOD GOD ,what is wrong with this world, why are people so evil ?

Mandy Image
What will they be up to next, some elderly people will be worried and scared witless with this.
Thanks for the warning. cheryl Image
Thanks for the warning Cheryl.

S x x