Beware of mobile phone scam – claim 3750 for the Accident You Had

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:

Pictiure of mobile phoneFREEMSG: Our records indicate you may be entitled to 3750 pounds for the accident you had. To claim for free reply with AID to this msg. To opt out text STOP.

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 sales@ktscomp.co.uk – even if you’re not a customer. We’ll do our best to send you a response by email.

You can also send us a question on Twitter    @Ask_Ken

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2 Responses to Beware of mobile phone scam – claim 3750 for the Accident You Had

  1. D Milsom says:

    Thank you for this information. My wife just had a message similar to the one you describe:
    “FREEMSG: Our records indicate you may be entitled to £3750 for the accident you had. To apply free reply CLAIM to this message. To opt out text STOP.”
    We both know better than to reply to messages from unknown callers. The call was from +447955957229, which does not appear to be a premium rate number. I assume that it would re-route to one.
    Is there anyone else that we should report this to?

  2. Ken Seymour says:

    Hi Doug
    Good question. I should have added some links to my blog post, the first is http://www.ico.gov.uk/ which is the Information Commissioner’s Office. You may like to compalin to them. Especially as they advise on and enforce the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003. These regulations cover the way organisations market subscribers by electronic means (which includes text). In these, regulation 22 says that organisations should not send unsolicited direct marketing by electronic mail (including text message) to individual subscribers without their prior consent.
    So as this regulation has been contravened, perhaps the more of us that complain, the more chance of action?
    As it is telephone related, you can also compalin to OFCOM, details at http://consumers.ofcom.org.uk/tell-us/

    As you suggest, I suspect somehow you would be charged if you dialled the number. However a quick lookup at http://www.ukphoneinfo.com/locator.php shows the following information
    “Number 07955 957 229 is potentially valid.
    Oftel records show that numbers starting 07955 9 are allocated to Telefonica O2 (UK) Limited. Note that due to number portability if an individual number has moved to a different operator this information is not publicly available.
    Oftel’s last recorded change for this number range was July 2005. ”

    So for all of us getting these annoying messages – we can now can do something about it. Don’t know if it will help, but it will make us feel better!

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