thought id post this hear, this has been happening alot recently.
For your information,
Police Report !
The reason this is working so well is it plays on your good will!
Picture the scene:-
You are sitting at home and there is a knock at the door. On
answering it you areconfronted by a respectable looking woman in a
suit, who is slightly distressed.
She explains that her car has broken down further down the road and
she needs to contact her husband to come to her aid. Is it at all
possible to use your phone to call him?
You allow her to use the phone, but being the suspicious type you
stand with her as she makes the call. She dials the number, and
asks to be put through to Mr Smith / Brown / Stevens (Whatever). She
holds the line for about thirty seconds.
She continues, "In that case can you ask him to leave the meeting for
a minute I need to speak to him quite urgently." She apologies again
and explains they are getting him out of a meeting.
A couple of minutes goes by and she starts to speak to her husband.
She explains the situation to him, tells him what has happened to the
car, is annoyed because she now can't get to her meeting, and asks
what she should do now.
She listens for a few seconds and then says, "Well as soon as the
meeting finishes can you come to road where the car has broken down.
Another few seconds go by,
"OK, I'll see you in about twenty minutes then."
She put the phone down, and thanks you ever so much for your kind
assistance, even offering you a pound for your trouble, but of course
you decline, it's no trouble.
She leaves and everything is fine.
Or is it? The day or week before knocking on your door she set up
her own premium rate line with a telephone company at the cost of
about Â£150, and she has dictated that calls to that number should
be charged at Â£50 per minute. She has dialled that number.
The conversation she has had with her "husband" is entirely
there is a pre-recorded voice message on the other end to give you
the impression she is talking to someone. She has been on the
phone for about five minutes, that call just cost you Â£250, the
majority of which goes into her pocket, and the first you know
about it is when you get your bill a month later.
To rub a bit of salt into the wound,she hasn't even committed a
criminal offence. You've given her permission to use your phone.
5 occasions in Luton where this has been reported in the past
couple of weeks .
Would anyone reading this please pass it on to friends and
otherwise it could cost someone a lot of money.
PC Paul Toseland Corby Business Anti-Crime Network Administrator