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Premium rate phone line scams

Such scamsare committed in several ways. In some cases, the scammers pose as call connection service providers, and they visit the premises of the house or office to check the switchboard and modify the settings to premium rate connection. 

Sometimes they call the victim and ask them to redial on a number to claim a tax refund or acquire a grant or access the government's insolvency services. If the number looks like a premium rate number, you should not answer it. 

How Does It Happen?

  • The tricksters sell other people's ability to make premium calls by redirecting the connection settings to increase the number of calls from the victim's phone. It is a call selling trick where the fraudsters extract a phone service and sell while they have no intention to pay the bills.

  • Sometimes they get phone service with a fake identity, which leaves a debt in the name of a person – who does not know their identity has been used by someone else. 

  • They claim to be from authorised connection services, but any approved provider will always tell you the cost of calls. In addition, any firm that updates its numbers will inform the users on the websites about the related changes, the documents, signage and paperwork where they will display the old number.  

  • If you get unsolicited messages related to a premium number subscription, you can check its credibility on the standard search engine to see if it is legitimate or not. If you suspect a fraud, report it to the authorities.

Date Published: Jan 27, 2022

Types of fraud

A-Z of fraud

To help understand which fraud you've been affected by, we've categorised them into an alphabetical list.

What is fraud and cyber crime?

Cybercrimes can be of two types. First, it can be cyber dependent, where the fraudsters use online devices to convince the victim to accept their offers.

Advance fee fraud

If you are trying to get a loan for a house or a car, they ask to meet the provider to get the financing arrangement and pay the finder's fee in advance.

Corporate fraud

Corporate frauds can be complicated, committed either by the firm or an individual. Nevertheless, it mostly involves cheating where the employee or the firm.

Individual fraud

There are many types of individual frauds related to advance fees, investments, insurance brokers, bogus tradespeople, Ponzi schemes, pension liberation.

Online fraud

Hence the number of cases of online fraud is increasing each year, and most such cases include – account takeover, direct frauds, or scams related domain names.

Identity fraud and identity theft

The criminal uses the stolen identity of another person living or deceased to conduct unlawful activities like obtaining goods or services in another's name.
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