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    • truthman007
    • By truthman007 16th May 17, 10:15 PM
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    118500 call for 3 seconds charged 4.18 Big Ripoff
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    • 16th May 17, 10:15 PM
    118500 call for 3 seconds charged 4.18 Big Ripoff 16th May 17 at 10:15 PM
    Another ripoff by BT or whoever owner of this number. Somehow accidentally this number was called and got charged 4.10 for three seconds.
    Last edited by truthman007; 25-05-2017 at 8:29 PM.
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    • mije1983
    • By mije1983 16th May 17, 10:35 PM
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    • 16th May 17, 10:35 PM
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    • 16th May 17, 10:35 PM
    A rip off yes, a scam no.

    All directory enquiries numbers have gone this way unfortunately. Not exclusive to BT at all. You can thank Oftel for that one!

    Sometimes more competition isn't a good thing for a consumer. Live football another example of more competition = more cost to us.

    Interesting how you dialled a 6 digit number accidentally though. Maybe worth checking someone hasn't saved it to a speed dial on your phone.


    P.S. You are lucky it was only 4.10/4.18 as their site says

    2.75 per call plus 2.75 per minute (a minimum 60 second charge applies) inc VAT, plus your telephone service provider’s Access Charge
    So should have been at least 5.50 by my calculation. Every cloud and all that!

    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 17th May 17, 8:24 AM
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    • 17th May 17, 8:24 AM
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    • 17th May 17, 8:24 AM
    Why was I not surprised to see who had started this thread?
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    • peter_the_piper
    • By peter_the_piper 17th May 17, 8:44 AM
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    • 17th May 17, 8:44 AM
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    • 17th May 17, 8:44 AM
    Good job you only went to BT and not 118118, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/118_118_(UK) 8.98 number and 4.49/minute.
    I'd rather be an Optimist and be proved wrong than a Pessimist and be proved right.
    • tykesi
    • By tykesi 17th May 17, 9:02 AM
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    • 17th May 17, 9:02 AM
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    • 17th May 17, 9:02 AM
    Why was I not surprised to see who had started this thread?
    Originally posted by DoaM
    Stupid is as stupid does.
    2017 in 2017 - 3238.42
    • JJG
    • By JJG 17th May 17, 2:27 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 2:27 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 2:27 PM
    Remember when directory enquiries only cost 40p. But because BT had a monopoly they opened it up to everyone to generate competition. Thank god they destroyed that monopoly.
    • IAmWales
    • By IAmWales 17th May 17, 3:52 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 3:52 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 3:52 PM
    How does someone "accidentally" dial 118500? 999 or 111 I could understand, but it's not likely you'd lean on your phone (or fall to sleep with it in your hand!) and randomly dial that number.
    • teddysmum
    • By teddysmum 17th May 17, 5:42 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 5:42 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 5:42 PM
    How does someone "accidentally" dial 118500? 999 or 111 I could understand, but it's not likely you'd lean on your phone (or fall to sleep with it in your hand!) and randomly dial that number.
    Originally posted by IAmWales


    Some dogs are very good at it. I had a friend whose cocker spaniel knocked the phone to the floor, stood on it and ended up calling a very surprised stranger.
    • DCFC79
    • By DCFC79 17th May 17, 11:58 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 11:58 PM
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    • 17th May 17, 11:58 PM
    How does someone "accidentally" dial 118500? 999 or 111 I could understand, but it's not likely you'd lean on your phone (or fall to sleep with it in your hand!) and randomly dial that number.
    Originally posted by IAmWales
    This is the OP we are talking about here.

    How anyone can call that number by accident is beyond me.

    OP have you considered locking the phone, this is of course if the number was accident dialled on a mobile phone.
    Last edited by DCFC79; 18-05-2017 at 12:05 AM.
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    • colcheslad
    • By colcheslad 18th May 17, 1:49 PM
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    0800 118 3733 - free directory enquiries - just need to listen to an advert. Although I can't remember the last time I needed it, I just Google everything now!
    • Pound
    • By Pound 18th May 17, 6:22 PM
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    A weird thing happened to me before, I called a number for a company which was supposedly reputable but instead of reaching them got a recorded message telling me the number I'd called was unavailable I needed to call another number. That number started 118, then the recording explained if I called that, they could give me another number.

    Then there was a period of silence followed by a different voice, hard to understand, spoke quickly but I did catch that the charge for calling that number was 10 a minute and it took quite a while before the call charge was explained.

    That was a 118 scam if there ever was one.

    • JJG
    • By JJG 19th May 17, 3:25 PM
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    A weird thing happened to me before, I called a number for a company which was supposedly reputable but instead of reaching them got a recorded message telling me the number I'd called was unavailable I needed to call another number. That number started 118, then the recording explained if I called that, they could give me another number.

    Then there was a period of silence followed by a different voice, hard to understand, spoke quickly but I did catch that the charge for calling that number was 10 a minute and it took quite a while before the call charge was explained.

    That was a 118 scam if there ever was one.
    Originally posted by Pound
    Some of these companies have been investigated for registering similar numbers to legitimate companies, so if you slightly misdial you get these recorded messages to drive business to their expensive directory enquiries.
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 20th May 17, 8:59 AM
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    If only we could give the OP an electric shock every time he types scam inappropriately. He might eventually stop. OP a scam involves illegality, keep using the phrase and one day you'll be the one facing a civil court.
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