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:
M
Hi,
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
Regards,
Jenny
SVI

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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Jonathan trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse (now PWC) in Liverpool before becoming a small business services manager for Grant Thornton in Warrington. He also spent three years as the financial controller for Brookside and Hollyoaks (not that he ever mentions it!).

Jonathan is recognised as a specialist in the entertainment industry and is often called upon to provide training courses and seminars for media professionals. He's also a bit of a technology geek and has been recognised with the accountancy industry as one of the most progressive accountants in the UK.
Outside of work Jonathan is very proud to be the Treasurer of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace and to be on the Council of the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA)

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