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    Telebilling TBS Telecom Billing Service Scam
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    • 23rd Oct 08, 11:47 PM
    Telebilling TBS Telecom Billing Service Scam 23rd Oct 08 at 11:47 PM
    I have been hit by a scam that has been previously mentioned:

    here (MSE thread 1)
    here (MSE thread 2)
    here (mirror blog 1)
    here (mirror blog 2)
    here (Grumbletext forums. Note - in this thread, the most recent post goes to the top of the first page, as opposed to the system on MSE forums where the most recent post will go to the bottom of the last page)
    here (OFCOM Investigation)
    and summarised here.

    The scam basically works like this (stolen from a post by bbb_uk)
    • You call a service operated by them (appears to be adult), using the number supplied in a text message sent to you. Usually adult services are premium rate numbers, but this scam is different because the number supplied in the text message is usually a geographical number e.g. 0207 or 0203.
    • Since it is a geographical number, you are charged normal rates on your phone bill.
    • But TBS will then call you back after the call (having obtained your number via CLI) and try and obtain your details directly from you, so that they can invoice you. If you don't provide your details (which you shouldn't) they use other means (illegal) to get your details.
    • They then invoice you for the call you made depending on 1) the length of your call and 2) a minimum charge they put on the call (this used to be 12 but now they're saying to me that it's minimum of 45!)

    It would be reasonable to assume that they, "Telecom Billing Service Ltd" (TBS)/telebilling, would've stopped running the scam following their prosecution in 2006, after an investigation by OFCOM (see link above). But it seems they're still at it, as you can see by reading mirror blog 1 and 2, and by the fact that I received a call from them today requesting my address so that they could bill me.

    I've been researching this all night, reading forums (Grumbletext has probably been the main source of discussion.)

    But whilst the majority of advice from these online forums is basically 'under no circumstances should you pay up' and 'just ignore them', I'm worried about constantly receiving calls from them, and especially about receiving illicit post from them (they have been known to send pornographic material along with the 'invoices' they send through the post.

    What should I do? Is there any way to stop post coming through, or blocking them from calling me in the future (would a number change do it?)?
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