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It is seriously NOT the time of seasonal goodwill for everyone and there are many desperate scammers working their hardest to pull the wool over your eyes and rip you off.
The main business types that are targeted are garages, hotels, financial advisors and estate agents.
Hoping that you will mistake the 070 number for a mobile number, once you dial this personal number, you'll be persuaded to stay on the line for as long as they can keep you there. You will, of course, be trying your hardest to be helpful to the caller, answering all their questions and repeating information they didn't quite get! All this leads up to a massive bill (using a mobile just adds to it - up to £1.50 per minute) as the idea is for the perpetrator to make money from the call charges.
Cleverly, the scam has evolved to another level and you may be asked to join in a "conference call." This means another of their colleagues enters the call and when you have finished and hang up, they don't and therefore call charges are clocking up for as long as possible. Horrendous in some cases.
At this time of the year, there can be staff changes to cope with additional business and holidays, so it just means you will need to ensure all your staff are aware of this hoax.
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The Merlin Team