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The new telephone 'scam' has arrived.

A convincing call from BT demanding payment of a 'late payment should be ignored.

The caller tells you that your line is about to be diconnected if the payment is not made immediately.

Asking for details results in being given a false name and the BT business phone number, he then suggests that to prove that he is genuine he will actually temporarily cut you off, so you should put the phone down then pick it up and phone someone, if you do what he suggests, then sure enough the phone appears to be dead but what he has done is simply to put his mute button on. He then calls again and asks for your credit card number.

If this or something similar happens to you, call the relevant authority, see below:-

Reporting Telephone Scam Attempts

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I received a call from a 'representative' of British Telecom, 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 Virgin Media have to pay British Telecom a percentage for line rental!

I asked the guy's name - the very 'English' John Peacock with a very 'African' accent - and phone number - 0800 0800 152.

Obviously the fella realised I wasn't believing his story, so offered to demonstrate that he was from British Telecom. I asked how & he told me to hang up and try phoning someone - he would disconnect my phone to prevent this.

AND HE DID !! My phone was dead - no engaged tone, nothing - until he phoned me again.

Very pleased with himself, he asked if that was enough proof that he was with British Telecom. I asked how the payment was to be made & he said credit card, there and 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 British Telecom.

He hung up.

Did 1471 & phoned his fictitious 0800 number - not recognised.

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 know by word of mouth of this scam. The fact that the phone does go off would probably convince some people it's real, so please let as many friends and family be aware of this.

This is good but not that clever. He gave the wrong number - it should have been 0800 800152 which takes you through to British Telecom 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 the elderly and vulnerable. -- Margaretta

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