Premium service regulator PhonepayPlus has shut down a missed call scam and is investigating four related services.
Each case, each using the same technique, saw customers receiving calls to both mobiles and landlines, which after a single ring, was terminated, prompting the receiver to call back.
Each missed call began with a mobile number prefix of 070, and upon calling back, customers were connected to either a voicemail or a continuous recording of a ring tone and charged 50p per minute.
No callers were connected to any form of service, and was thus deemed by PhonepayPlus as having “no value.”
Upon complaints the service was suspended with immediate effect. The service providers responsible have been named as H. Navaneeth, K. Felix J. Paul, Jaya Kandan and Jaswinder Singh.
All revenues payable for the service have been suspended pending further outcome of the investigation.
PhonepayPlus said: “Due to the very serious nature of the alleged breaches of its Code of Practice, PhonepayPlus has invoked its emergency procedure to bar access to numbers associated with the four services with immediate effect.”