October 4th, 2015

The 070 Scam

We were on the receiving end of a low level – but annoying – scam attempt today. We received an email as follows:
I’m just following up on a previous request for a callback that was made several weeks ago by a colleague of mine.
We are looking to get some prices & rates.
Can someone give me a call please on 070xxxxxxxx

It all looks pretty innocuous doesn’t it?

The problem is that 070 numbers and 076 are actually premium rate numbers costing up to £1.50 per minute. The scam obviously relies on the fact they look like mobile numbers.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with 070 numbers in principle – just as long as it’s been made clear what call charge to expect when you call it.

We didn’t fall for it (of course!) but I’m sure we’d have been kept on hold for as long as possible if we had called.

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John manages a wide portfolio of owner managed businesses and oversees the smooth operation of the firm’s payroll department.

After obtaining his degree in mathematics from the University of Liverpool, John joined Jonathan Ford & Co in 2004 and qualified as a chartered accountant four years later. John likes to keep abreast of developments in tax and accounting and is responsible for the mentoring of junior staff.

Outside of work, John enjoys powerlifting and is a Liverpool FC season ticket holder.

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