Beware of messages offering free mobile credit

Smartphone users are being alerted to messages offering free mobile call credits by clicking on a link in the message.

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The offending texts, emails, BBM messages and tweets contain clickable phone numbers. If clicked, the user is prompted to CALL or CANCEL. If the user clicks CALL, chances are that they will be directed to a premium rate number, which could seriously impact on their phone bill.

According to the Metropolitan Police, who have highlighted the scam, the numbers in question could even contain the digits ‘www’ to give the appearance that the recipient is connecting to a website.

Our advice is to ask yourself why somebody you don’t know (apart from your network provider) would offer you free mobile credit, and remember that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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