MP helps victims of phone scam

Contributed by editor on Oct 25, 2004 - 04:59 PM


Michael Howard, Member of Parliament for Folkestone and Hythe, has stepped in to help constituents who fell victim of a telephone dial-up scam.

The Shepway couple wrote to Mr Howard in September after they were concerned about the size of their BT bill which contained several calls to international and premium rate numbers which they had not called.

Mr Howard wrote to Pierre Danon, Chief Executive Officer of BT Retail, o­n their behalf and has now learnt that BT has refunded the cost of the calls.

Mr Howard said: “I was pleased to be able to help the couple who faced a bill of several hundred pounds due to this scam.

"I would urge any members of the public who are concerned about these scams to contact ICSTIS [the Independent Committee for the Supervision of Standards of Telephone Information Services] o­n free phone 0800 500 212, or write to ICSTIS Ltd., Clove Building, 4 Maguire Street, London SE1 2NQ or visit for further information.â€?