Reader’s Letter: Automated robbery

File photo dated 01/07/08 of a smart phone. The growth of 'mobile commerce' in the UK was confirmed today with a new study showing that sales of goods through smartphones now account for more than a 10th of all purchases on eBay. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday September 16, 2011. See PA story INDUSTRY Sales. Photo credit should read: Daniel Law/PA Wire
File photo dated 01/07/08 of a smart phone. The growth of 'mobile commerce' in the UK was confirmed today with a new study showing that sales of goods through smartphones now account for more than a 10th of all purchases on eBay. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday September 16, 2011. See PA story INDUSTRY Sales. Photo credit should read: Daniel Law/PA Wire

Be a good idea to print this letter as a precautionary tale to other vulnerable people like us oldies.

Just had four messages come onto my phone today from someone called Juicyfruits.com telling me that I was being billed £4.50 a week and would continue to be so every week unless I sent a text to a number THEY provided!

I have been warned by friends that some numbers that are doing the rounds take you to a call centre in Nigeria where numbers have a £1,500 a miniute charge! Didn’t even know I was subscribed to this Juicyfruit company!

Passed their contact details on to Worksop Police ( very helpful lady on 101). Called O2 my provider to ask how and when these people got hold of my number but they could only tell me when. Luckily they have only had it for a month, it is shown on my next bill so the loss this time is not too great. If you see this 60083 number appear on your phone bearing gifts from GOD or anyone else, don’t open it delete it straight away. Same goes for any PREMIUM numbers that appear on your bill, to check them out call your provider and ask them to put a stop in place at their end to be safe(ish).

Mr S. North

(63)