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Post Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:10 pm

Mobile Phone Scam?

Not sure if this is genuine or not but I came across this on a motoring related forum and thought it wouldn't harm to let people know about it just in case :-

"JUST THOUGHT I'D LET EVERYONE KNOW ABOUT THE LATEST MOBILE PHONE SCAM. SOMEBODY RINGS YOU UP SAYING THEY ARE DOING A SECURITY CHECK (MY SISTER WASN'T SURE HOW THEY WORDED IT )BUT THEY WILL ASK YOU TO PRESS THE # KEY,THEY CAN THEN ACCESS YOUR SIM CARD DETAILS AND PHONE ID. END THE CALL"
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Post Tue Oct 16, 2007 1:19 pm

got this email sent to me by a mate
seams it has been happening quite a bit



Dear All

>

> If you receive a phone call on your mobile from any person, saying

that he

> or she is a company engineer, or telling that they're checking your

mobile

> line, and you have to press #90 or #09 or any other number, end this

call

> immediately without pressing any numbers.

>

> There is a fraud company using a device that once you press #90 or
#09
> they can access your "SIM" card and make calls at your expense.

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> Forward this message to as many colleagues, relatives and friends as

you

> can, to stop it.

>

> Many thanks for your time regarding this matter, take care and

regards.

>

> Phil Corris

> Police Constable/Crime Prevention Officer

> Ext 496696 (Internal)

> 01524 596696 (External)

> Email PhilCorris@lancashire.pnn

.police.uk
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Post Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:33 pm

http://www.snopes.com/fraud/telephone/jailcall.asp

http://www.breakthechain.org/exclusives/90pound2.html

just a hoax scam.

The likelyhood of the phone system being vulnerable is next to nil.

...so no need to worry.

Dave

ps. the phone number on this is really Lancaster Police Crime Prevention.
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Post Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:27 pm

we've been constantly been getting pestered by folk phoning us the past week saying that we need to pay a license to allow our staff to listen to the radio while working. one of the girls, whilst humoring them asked how much?

the lady says:
how many in office?

office girl...
she said 3 of us, 2 full time, 1 part time.

lady says:
in that case it will be £160 per year... but we "wont" back date it from 1998... so you are getting a good deal... now do you have any other radios in other rooms?

the girl in office said...
oh i think we will just get rid of our radio if thats the price, thank you... :lol1: :lol1:

anyone else getting these calls?
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Post Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:35 pm

we've been constantly been getting pestered by folk phoning us the past week saying that we need to pay a license to allow our staff to listen to the radio while working. one of the girls, whilst humoring them asked how much?

Robert, are you sure its not the PRS (performing rights society). Not a scam.

http://www.mcps-prs-alliance.co.uk/Pages/default.aspx

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Post Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:39 pm

We have had these guys here too Rob, IMRO don't know the name in the UK. They mean business and have the right to charge you for playing any music or radio in the workplace. The fact that you have recieved a phone call means you are on their database and they will call. I know one of their operatives and they are paid on 'comission' which means they are like a dog with a bone!! :D
They will prosecute too.
Maybe its a scam but best be warned.
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Post Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:19 pm

yeah i am aware fully aware of the performing rights licenses and the like... but ill be damned if i am now going to hand over money to be able to listen to music at work. ide rather do away with the radio and waste the money buying each member of staff an ipod each before handing over more money to people like this. :lol1:
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Post Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:34 pm

Rob,

Have a look at this on the FSB forum regarding the PRS.

http://www.fsb.co.uk/discuss/forum_posts.asp?TID=599

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Post Wed Oct 17, 2007 9:35 am

The world has gone mad (again).

The TV and radio companies pay a license to use the music, and now companies are being asked to to pay to use music which has already been 'paid' for!

I wonder if it also applies to company provided vehicles?

What about mobile phones which have mp3 music as a ring tone? After all, they are too often heard in a public place.

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Post Wed Oct 17, 2007 4:06 pm

Rob,
Visited a dentist today to fit a sign, while I was there I related your story about the PRS people to the practice manager. She told me that they had a PPL licence, because the waiting room is a public place like a pub or club. They had also had the telephone assault by the PRS and her answer to them was that the radio was for the employees not the public and that the radio broadcaster paid the PRS. They eventually gave up ringing.

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