£1000 mobile text scam warning....4 April 2003

Contributed by localrags on Apr 04, 2003 - 09:49 AM

Mobile phone users are being warned by Kent County Council Trading Standards officers about a new text messaging scam.

Mobile phone users are receiving text messages that read: 'CONGRATULATIONS! The New Year's Prize Draw notified us that you have won a £1000 Prize! This is the second attempt to contact you. To claim call 090 6344 ****'

If consumers phone the number - a premium rate line that charges £1.50 per minute - the message they hear is so long that it costs the phone user a lot of money!

It is understood that the prize is not £1000 cash, but a £1000 voucher off the cost of a holiday.

The premium rate line watchdog ICSTIS has received a number of complaints nationally and is investigating.

KCC's Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Grahame Weston, said: "If an offer this good comes along out of the blue it is almost certainly too good to be true. Any number commencing '090' is a premium rate line. If you do not know who sent the message, the best advice is to delete it."

Anyone wanting advice on their rights can contact Trading Standards on: 08457 858497 or log onto their website at