Swindon AdvertiserWarning over suspected phone scam (From Swindon Advertiser)

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Warning over suspected phone scam

Swindon Advertiser: Jim Hussey is warning residents of a possible phone scam Jim Hussey is warning residents of a possible phone scam

RETIRED civil servant Jim Hussey is warning the public about a suspected phone scam that appears to be targeting residents across Swindon.

Mr Hussey, 70, of Eastleaze, listened to a recorded message offering money on Wednesday and believes unsuspecting callers are put through to a premium phone line if they press either number – with no cash at the end of the line.

He intends to report the possible scam – in which residents are told to press five to receive a £1,000 “bonus” or nine to unsubscribe – to Swindon Council’s trading standards department but wants to warn other members of the public, particularly the elderly, so they do not rack up a huge telephone bill.

Mr Hussey said: “The start of the message was missing so there was no indication who it was from. It started with the words: ‘Received £1,000 payment to pay in the next six to 12 weeks.

“Press five to confirm your bonus and to begin the process. If you’ve already pursued your payment, press nine to unsubscribe.

“This message is urgent and will be dealt with immediately. Press five now.’”

Mr Hussey said he simply deleted the message, which was spoken by a woman with a north-eastern English accent, from his answer phone,but fears others could be fooled.

“I think people should be warned because there have been several reports in the Adver over the years where people, mainly elderly people, have got taken in by this,” said Mr Hussey.

He said he normally receives a suspect phone call about evry two weeks.

“They phone a number or have to press for a competition and find they’re paying hundreds on their phone bills.

“This one is different to what I’ve heard before.

“It usually features holidays to America. The cash prize is different, plus the chance to unsubscribe, which I’m sure also lead to a premium rate number.”

A Swindon Council spokesman said: “Our trading standards team have not had any recent calls about this, although calls of this nature are usually received by Consumer Direct.

“If people in Swindon do receive calls they believe are fraudulent, they can receive advice from Ofcom or the Information Commissioner’s Office if necessary.”

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6:42pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Localboy86 says...

Sounds like a marketing call by a PPI claims company to me
Sounds like a marketing call by a PPI claims company to me Localboy86
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8:25pm Fri 9 Nov 12

Empty Car Park says...

Of course it isn't Bobby
Of course it isn't Bobby Empty Car Park
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8:16am Sat 10 Nov 12

house on the hill says...

There are thousands of scams on the go all the time, just use a bit of common sense. There is no such thing as a free lunch!
There are thousands of scams on the go all the time, just use a bit of common sense. There is no such thing as a free lunch! house on the hill
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9:47am Sat 10 Nov 12

Coolhandkeith says...

Remember that old saying !!!!!
If it sounds too good to be true it usually is a scam
Remember that old saying !!!!! If it sounds too good to be true it usually is a scam Coolhandkeith
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3:27am Sat 17 Nov 12

hellopotap says...

Sounds like the scam call I got. It was left in my voicemail, asking me to call back a different phone number that started with *72. I didn't call right away but looked up the phone number online and guess where it led me? Http://www.callercen
ter.com. The *72 on the callback number apparently is designed to activate the call forward feature on my home phone.

Phew! It does pay to be curious.
Sounds like the scam call I got. It was left in my voicemail, asking me to call back a different phone number that started with *72. I didn't call right away but looked up the phone number online and guess where it led me? Http://www.callercen ter.com. The *72 on the callback number apparently is designed to activate the call forward feature on my home phone. Phew! It does pay to be curious. hellopotap
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