debt collection scam

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A common Internet scheme which involves a user receiving an email threatening action over an unpaid debt. The email usually contains a telephone number which has to be called. When the recipient phones the number he or she is kept on hold for some time before the ‘debt collector’ admits a mistake. It is only when the recipient receives a phone bill does he or she realise that that they have been phoning a number on an ultra-high, premium payment telephone line, a proportion of which went to the debt collector.

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