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Message started by 0870 user on Jan 8th, 2020 at 4:34pm

Title: 0871 & 0371 look alike number and charges
Post by 0870 user on Jan 8th, 2020 at 4:34pm
My neighbour (an old lady in 70s) paid around 45 in charges while contacting the holiday company's customer services operating on 0871 with 10p+ pmin charges.

More deceivingly and cleverly they changed the 0371 number in the letterhead to an 0871 after the initial correspondences (re: installment) and poor her, has been unknowignly paying the premium every time since then.

The evidence is in the itemised bills since Nov 2019
Average time spent on each call is around 15-25mins costing about avg 3 per call.

Disappointed to see this kind of practices, especially affecting unwary, elderly people paying the final price and affecting them financially.

Title: Re: 0871 & 0371 look alike number and charges
Post by kasg on Jan 8th, 2020 at 6:29pm

0870 user wrote on Jan 8th, 2020 at 4:34pm:
More deceivingly and cleverly they changed the 0371 number in the letterhead to an 0871 after the initial correspondences

In which case she should definitely claim this money back from the company.

Title: Re: 0871 & 0371 look alike number and charges
Post by Ian01 on Jan 8th, 2020 at 6:56pm

Regulation 41 of the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 bans the operation of premium rate 084, 087 or 09 numbers for contact by customers.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/3134/regulation/41/made

Regulation 41(2) requires the call charges to be refunded.

The regulations came into effect on 13 June 2014.


Check the phone bill very carefully. Calls to 084, 087, 09 and 118 numbers incur both an Access Charge and a Service Charge.

The Access Charge can be up to 20p per minute from landlines or up to 65p per minute from mobiles, irrespective of which number was called.

The Service Charge for 087 numbers can be up to 13p per call and/or up to 13p per minute. It depends entirely on which number was called.



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