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A Very clever scam

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A Very clever scam

This is a very clever scam,
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2249752/A-999-credit-card-scam-cost-thousands.html
How many people know that if you hang up and then dial a number but the other person remains on the phone you will be put through to them and not the number you dialed !
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Re: A Very clever scam

Think you'll find that they played a recording of a dial-tone as the line was never dropped. Also, as far as I know, this only happens for the person who received the original call, if the dialer hangs up then the line is dropped.
I read that article last night and thought one would have to be particularly idiotic to fall for that scam. Who actually believes you need to dial 999 to confirm the police's identity - apart from the author?
Typing in a PIN after giving your card details - just plain daft.

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Re: A Very clever scam

A very detailed and well thought out scam though Shocked
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Isn't the call terminated about 20 mins after the recipient hangs up?
A couple of times in the past I've called BT to tell them that a caller hasn't hung up and they've told me that it will clear automatically after 20 mins!
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Quote from: NedLudd
A couple of times in the past I've called BT to tell them that a caller hasn't hung up and they've told me that it will clear automatically after 20 mins!

BT are known for saying anything to get you off the line so they can deal with something else. I would take that with a pinch of salt. It maybe true but don't take it as gospel.
A clever scam but the moment anyone asks for a pin they'd get the phone put down on them. Why would they also want to collect the cards via a courier and not a uniformed officer? Why would they even want the cards? Cards AND pin? All sounds too dodgy to me and would ring alarm bells instantly. Gotta hand it to them though, whoever pulled that off was very clever and certainly has b@lls to do it.
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Re: A Very clever scam

A line is normally force cleared after 3 minutes, 1 minute if the i/c call was International.
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Can anybody provide a link that doesn't involve The Daily Mail (or The Sun, The Star, The Daily Express or any other trash newspaper) so that I can have a better idea of what people are talking about?
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The issue also appeared on BBC's "You've Been Scammed" daytime TV programme during the last week or so. You may be able to access on their iPlayer.
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Thank-you,
Petlew.
I'll check it out.