Council issues warning over phoney phone cards
Consumers are being advised to be on the
alert for Orange Mobile Phone Top Up Cards that may have been tampered
Trading Standards carried out an investigation into a phoney card
after a complaint from a customer, who had purchased an Orange Top
Up card but was unable to activate it.
discovered that the card, purchased from a local trader in Hounslow,
had been activated five days before it had been bought.
a meeting with Orange Mobile, officers were told that the cards
appeared to have been fraudulently activated somewhere within the
distribution chain. The silver strip was removed, the card number
activated and used, and then a new piece of silver tape or paint
was placed over the number so it appeared to be a new card.
Trading Standards Officer, Jacqueline Bray, said: “We are advising
consumers to be on the look out for cards where the cellophane wrapper
is either open or opens very easily. If you have a problem with
a card you should return it to the shop of purchase and alert your
local trading standards department immediately.”
for local telephone company easy-dial said: "In our view, Orange
Pay-as-you-Go customers would be much better off if they converted
to a monthly service plan with Orange - such as the Virgin OVP package
with little or no line rental - and then used the phone to access
our service to make inexpensive calls. This way they would not need
to buy top-up cards from dealers, and they would almost certainly
be paying a lot less for their calls."
you have any information regarding this matter please contact Hounslow
Trading Standards on T: 020 8583 5555.
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