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Old October 14th 05, 07:25 PM posted to
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Default Privacy Numbers - scam?

"Jim" wrote in message
On Fri, 14 Oct 2005 14:48:21 GMT, "Paul D" wrote:

A few times recently my mobile has rung once and then stopped (no message

Just now it happened again so I called the number back (masking my CLI
first). An announcement came on: "welcome to the privacy network. That
number is no longer in use". He then gave out the url of a 'privacy
website which I won't give out lest I get accused of spamming!

Basically the website gives you a free 07xxx xxx xxx number which you can
then divert to your actual number. It's only for people to call you and it
doesn't mask the CLI of your actual number when you dial out.

God knows how much it costs to phone one of these numbers. Also, how can I
have been called by a 'privacy' number when the announcement says that you
can't use it to call out?

Is this just a scheme/scam to tempt people into phoning the number back
then signing up for a privacy number? (I'm sure it is!).

The number was 07096 809 401. Hopefully I haven't been charged an
extortionate amount to phone it.

Has anyone else had these one ring calls? Very annoying. Is there anything
can do about it?

OFTEL are already aware - see

However I can't see anywhere that a call to an 07xxx number costs
anything excessive. Maybe a bit of an urban hoax ???

No hoax.

07973 - Orange mobile telephone, innocuous
070964 - pn2 rate at 50p per minute at all times
070968 - pn2 rate at 50p per minute at all times

Not all 070 numbers are scary, but one should keep a rate table handy before
making a call to one.

In any case the max prem rate call charge that OFTEL allows is in the
1.50 per minute region. There was talk of very specialised services
coming in that charged 5 per minute but they haven't materalised