Mobile Phone SCAM -

  Sethhaniel 09:20 02 Mar 04
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To All Mobile Phone Users


There is a new kind of mobile phone scam.
A missed call will show on your mobile phone. The number is 0709 020 3840! The last four numbers may vary, but the first four numbers will remain the same! If you call this number back, you will be charged £50.00 per minute.
Mobile users have complained about their phone bills, once they have realised the cost of the call, but apparently, this is completely legal.
So beware, do not call back numbers beginning with 0709.

  Jester2K 09:23 02 Mar 04

Hoax - highest call charge is £1.50 a minute.

click here

  Jester2K 09:23 02 Mar 04

So basially don't call any numbers you don't know or are premium rate numbers....

  Sethhaniel 09:28 02 Mar 04

The charge can be anything upwards
£1:50 is the regulators charge but foreign con-men can hike the charge to whatever they want - so beware

  Jester2K 09:31 02 Mar 04

Read the link -

A £20.00 per minute premium rate tariff does not exist - the highest premium rate tariff available is £1.50 per minute. Despite the hundreds of enquiries received by ICSTIS about this 'scam' (and most have heard about it second or third-hand), not one person who claims that it has actually happened to them has been able to produce a phone bill to support their story.

ICSTIS urges any individual or organisation that receives an e-mail about this scam to delete it immediately. Please do not forward it on to others.

and

However, while there are no £50-a-minute scams out there to worry about, frauds that operate along the same line (but at far lower rates) do exist and do take in the unwary

Its a hoax and has been mentioned here before and will be again. its still a hoax. there is no one recorded case of this happeneing in the Uk according to ICSTIS - other than from my mates friend, who knows someone in his office....

The 070 is a UK Premium Rate number capped at £1.50 a minute.

  byfordr 09:41 02 Mar 04

Recently called a 0709 number...it was for a bedside phone in a hospital.

  Jester2K 09:43 02 Mar 04

Just because its Premium Rate doesn't mean its naughty.

There is only one variation of this that does work. You call the number and receive the busy signal. You keep trying but it's always busy. But the busy signal is from an answering machine, and you've paid for every call.

  Jester2K 09:49 02 Mar 04

"con-men can hike the charge to whatever they want "

but they can't have a 0709 number because its only avalible in the UK.

  Jester2K 09:49 02 Mar 04

But not at £50 a minute.....

  byfordr 09:56 02 Mar 04

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