NEW TELEPHONE SCAM - "BEWARE"
The Wiltshire Police have received information relating to a new telephone scam, relating to both home and work telephones, and occasionally, mobiles.
Your phone rings and you receive a recorded message:-
" Congratulations, we are calling to advise you that you have won an all expenses paid trip to................................................ Please press 9 now to hear further details."
If you press 9 and connect, even if you disconnect immediately, the other end will stay connected for a minimum of 5 minutes - at a cost to you of £100; the message actually lasts for a total of 11 minutes.
The final part of the call asks you to key in your postcode and house number (this raises a number of other security issues) and then after a wait of a further 2 minutes. you will be greeted with:-
"Sorry, you are not one of the lucky winners." followed by automatic disconnection, leaving you with a huge telephone bill of £260.
British Telecom advise that these calls originate from outside the UK and as a result, they are powerless to act.
PLEASE BE CAREFUL, OTHERWISE CHRISTMAS WILL BE RUINED BY A £500 TELEPHONE BILL WHICH YOU CAN DO NOTHING ABOUT.
ALERT FOR ALL NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH CO-ORDINATORS
THE OFFICE OF FAIR TRADING TOGETHER WITH TRADING STANDARDS ARE WARNING PEOPLE TO BE AWARE THAT A CANADIAN LOTTERY SCAM IS OPERATING WIDELY IN THIS COUNTRY AND THOUSANDS HAVE BEEN TAKEN IN, LOSING LARGE SUMS OF MONEY. IF ANY TELEPHONE CALL OR LETTER PROMISES WINNINGS PLEASE TELEPHONE THE OFT ADVICE LINE ON 020 7211 8111.
Wiltshire Trading Standards
Sent to you by Jill Smith
Admin Support Community Safety Unit
on behalf of Alan Round, Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Officer
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