|Latest online and telephone scams alert|
|Tuesday, 01 February 2011 04:23|
XLN Telecom warns SMEs of the latest scams in operation.
XLN Telecom warns SMEs of the latest scams in operation..
Business broadband and telecoms provider, XLN Telecom, offers regular updates to make SMEs aware of the most common telephone and broadband scams.XLN Telecom CEO, Christian Nellemann, provides details of what to watch out for in the New Year:
1. You’re due a rebate: An individual claiming to be from the local council calls, stating they can refund money owed as a result of overpaying council tax. The bogus caller asks for bank details, and then empties the account of the victim concerned. Remember, if you are genuinely owed money, the council will already have the details needed in order to make a payment.
2. An investment opportunity to ignore: You receive a call offering the opportunity to invest in a property deal with ‘excellent returns’, requesting bank details in order to access an ‘exciting opportunity’ with what appears to be a bona fide company (mock websites and brochures are created to further the illusion). The scammer then uses these details to take unauthorised payments.
3. Something for nothing? A text is sent to you, stating that you have been selected to receive a free phone on a: ‘first-come, first-served-basis’. In order to claim, the text requests that you dial an 0800 number, where you are offered one of the latest mobile phones free of charge in return for signing up to an 18-month contract – this will cost £30 per month, but the contact claims the company will deposit £90 into your bank account each quarter to offset this. The caller then asks for debit or credit card details in order to facilitate sign up and arrange delivery of the phone – once you have handed these over, the scammer has all the information they need.
Be alert: If you receive an unsolicited call from a random company, state that you will call them back, and then check online as to whether they’re legitimate or not – pressure to agree to something immediately means it’s more than likely to be a scam.
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