Watch Out For 0845 Numbers – There’s A New Scam That Charges You £300

Mobile Phone Scam

One network in particular seems to be affected.

Heads up – there’s a new mobile scam for you to look out for and it could cost you up to £300 if you’re not careful.

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Fortunately, it only seems like one network is currently at risk from this and that’s Vodafone, so if you’re with them you really need to keep a look out for any dodgy looking 0845 and 0843 numbers showing up on your missed calls list. Basically, the scam gives you a missed call for about half a second so you would never be able to answer it, but then somehow bills you for a 12 hour call back.

A lot of these are happening overnight when it’s obviously very hard to gauge if you’ve been called or not as you’ll most likely be asleep. Ofcom are currently investigating after a number of complaints.


Here’s what Vodafone has said about it:

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Our systems have not been compromised or breached.

Our security monitoring systems have identified that a number of customers have returned unsolicited calls, leading to them being charged significant amounts.

We have taken proactive measures to ensure none of the customers affected are out of pocket and have identified and blocked the numbers creating this issue.

As this is an industry-wide issue, we are working with Ofcom and other operators to identify and close down this issue as soon as we can.

Well, I mean at least you’ll be getting a refund if this happens to you but it’s still a bit of a hassle isn’t it? And it’s not good at all that this is even able to happen in 2016. Sort it out guys.

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