Luckily I don’t get many unsolicited messages on my mobile. To be honest I can only think of two occasions in the last 5 to 7 years.
A few days ago I received the following text …..
Hi, your PPi claim still owes you £1702.43 from when it was mis-sold to you, it’s in your name waiting to be sent out to you. To get it sent out today reply PPi
The number from which it appears to have been sent is +447780642096
As I hadn’t submitted a claim I immediately smelled a rat.
This didn’t come across as a fishing exercise i.e. The message didn’t say “I could be owed …”. The figure they quoted was specific so they had sown the seeds of doubt in my mind. If it had been a bit more neutral I would have written it off as text spam. After studying it a bit more I decided that if this was truly aimed at me it would have been a bit more formal. Something along the lines of “Dear Mr…..” or “Dear Robert …”.
OK so I decided to ignore this, treat it with the contempt it so obviously deserved.
My real concern about this type of message was raised last night while I was down at my daughters. I just happened to mention this text and without batting an eyelid she trumped my text with three of her own. She had received them over a fairly short period and they all came from different numbers.
Two of hers quoted the same sum of money owed but adding hers to mine we are “owed” something in the region of £7k – £8k.
Whoohoo !!! We are in the money. NOT !!!
I have tried calling the number but I just get the “number has not been recognised” message.
Surely this blanket unsolicited messaging has to be illegal. The actual message is a lie so this has to be defined as some sort of mis-representation.
I can see that some people, older folks perhaps, may be suckered into following up on this type of message.
Has anyone else out there received similar messages ?
Has anyone ever followed up and text back to them ?