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Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading & Manx Telecom warns of phone call hoax 25 October 2006

Manx Telecom and the Isle of Man Office of Fair Trading are warning consumers of a possible phone call hoax hitting the Island residents.

A number of consumers have contacted Manx Telecom and the Office advising that they have had messages left on their voicemail/answerphone from a company informing them that they have a message to collect. In order to 'collect' this message a UK number is given to people to call back. But when the number is called the caller is put on hold for a lengthy period of time and subsequently finds no message waiting. The number being issued to consumers appears to be an 08712 number; calls to this number would cost 10p per minute.

A spokesperson for Manx Telecom said "We and the Office of Fair Trading are concerned by this particular situation and are advising all consumers who may have been contacted by these companies not to ring the number supplied. It will only cost them money. None of the customers who have rung the number have found a message waiting."

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