Telephone scam

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Telephone Scam

We have been advised of a telephone scam currently in operation (this
applies to home and/ or work telephones - landlines and mobiles):

Upon answering the telephone, you will hear a recorded message
congratulating you on winning an all expenses trip to an exotic

You will then be asked to press 9 to hear further details.

If you press 9 you will be connected to a premium rate line that costs
approximately £20 per minute. Even if you disconnect immediately, it
remain connected for a minimum of 5 minutes, costing around £100.

The final part of the call involves you being asked to key in your
and house number (which has other serious consequences).

After a further 2 minutes, you will receive a message informing you that
you are not one of the lucky winners. The total bill will be around

Since the calls are originating from outside the UK, BT and other
companies are left relatively powerless to act.

The only safe solution is to HANG UP before the message prompts you to
press 9; even safer is to HANG UP on any unsolicited `free offer' call.

This appear to be a variation on a theme; warnings have been sent
previously regarding calls made by individuals claiming to be AT&T
engineers conducting a test on the line and asking for 9,0 # and text
messages similar to the routine described above.


Please ensure the widest circulation of the above message
I have had dozens of these calls, 20 in one week! They are auto calls and if you leave the phone ringing long enough they just ring off.
Any that have got through I simply put the phone down.
It amazes me that anyone can believe the load of tosh!. I think that wonderful saying 'There's no such thing as a free lunch' should be splashed all over the place.
By the way, I contacted BT who say there is nothing they can do.
It keep getting text messages on my mobile saying that I have won the lottery. I have not played the lottery so why should I win.
Trouble is ,even if you don't fall for it, curiosity is very expensive.
lads - i do not know anything for sure - but from what i am hearing here in latin america, all this is coming from sunny colombia :) looks like that beautiful country found another expensive export :)