Phone scam (received from Mazz - thanks!)
- FW: Warning on Phone scam
I know that most of will think "if only we were likely to be sitting
down at home" but I wouldn't like this to happen to me so....
The reason this is working so well is it plays on your good will!
Picture the scene:-
You are sitting at home and there is a knock at the door. On
answering it you are confronted by a respectable looking woman in a
suit, who is lightly distressed. She explains that her car has broken
down further down the road and she needs to contact her husband to
come to her aid. Is it at all possible to use your phone to call him?
You allow her to use the phone, but being the suspicious type you
stand with her as she makes the call. She dials the number, and asks
to be put through to Mr Smith / Brown / Stevens (Whatever). She holds
the line for about thirty seconds. She continues, "In that case can
you ask him to leave the meeting for a minute I need to speak to him
quite urgently." She apologies again and explains they are getting
him out of a meeting. A couple of minutes goes by and she starts to
speak to her husband. She explains the situation to him, tells him
what has happened to the car, is
annoyed because she now can't get to her meeting, and asks what she
should do now. She listens for a few seconds and then says, "Well as
soon as the meeting finishes can you come to Cardiff Road / Leicester
Road / Surrey Street (Whatever), where the car has broken down.
Another few seconds go by, "OK, I'll see you in about twenty minutes
then." She puts the phone down, and thanks you ever so much for your
kind assistance, even offering you a pound for your trouble, but of
course you decline, it's no trouble. She leaves and everything is
fine. Or is it?
The day or week before knocking on your door she set up her own
premium rate line with a telephone company at the cost of about £150,
and she has dictated that calls to that number should be charged at
£50 per minute. She has dialled that number. The conversation she has
had with her "husband" is entirely fictitious; there is a pre-
recorded voice message on the other end to give you the impression
she is talking to someone. She has been on the phone for about five
minutes, that call just cost you £250, the majority of which goes
into her pocket, and the first you know about it is when you get your
bill a month later.
To rub a bit of salt into the wound, she hasn't even committed a
criminal offence. You've given her permission to use your phone. 5
occasions in Luton where this has been reported in the last couple
of weeks. Would anyone reading this please pass it on to friends and
colleagues etc. otherwise it could cost someone a lot of money.