All our phones regularly receive interesting texts offering us specific amount of money for an accident , strangely the amount is always 3750 pounds. it goes like this:
The number used is always an 077 number which is premium rate, my last one was from 07786582020.
This is a scam for 2 reasons, not least of which because I have not had an accident for years and because it is from a premium rate number. If you send a response you will be hooked into constant messaging that will probably get you changing your number.
But just imagine someone has just had an accident? The automatic response might be to reply, it’s called social engineering. By flooding people with this style of message the law of averages says they will send texts to someone who is in that position. If just a small percentage reply, they can make their money, usually at the victims expense!
At KTS Computers Ltd we want you to stay safe, so what do you do if you receive one of these text? Never ever reply to any such text messages, emails, or even phone calls. Delete the message so you won’t be tempted later.
Beware as there is another scam where someone calls you from a number and cuts the call instantly. If you call back, the number is forwarded through a premium rate phone number and you will pay for listening to some rubbish on the other end.
You may want more information, in which case look at http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?222000-NEW-MOBILE-SCAM-you-may-be-entitled-to-3750
If you are worried about any aspect of your IT then just email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org – even if you’re not a customer. We’ll do our best to send you a response by email.
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