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Hi i have just noticed that i have 30 pound on my account that i has been from a text scam i got the other day... how do i get it off so i dont have to pay it
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Re: Scam text

Hi @Gem2 Follow the advice in this thread https://community.o2.co.uk/t5/How-to-Guides/Have-you-fallen-for-or-been-conned-into-a-premium-rate-s...

If you can identify the company who sent it, you need to contact them to ask for a refund and be removed from their mailing list

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Re: Scam text

Hi @Gem2

See help here please https://community.o2.co.uk/t5/How-to-Guides/Have-you-fallen-for-or-been-conned-into-a-premium-rate-s...

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Re: Scam text

Just to add, you may have signed up for this inadvertently by clicking on a link on FB or similar.

You can also ring customer services and ask them to Bar all Direct to Bill Debits as per the info in this thread


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Re: Scam text

Hi @Gem2, sorry to hear you've had unwanted charges. Did you check the above information and do you have any additional questions? 

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Re: Scam text

@Gem2 wrote:
Hi i have just noticed that i have 30 pound on my account that i has been from a text scam i got the other day... how do i get it off so i dont have to pay it

I'm sorry you have become a victim of one of these scams. It is quite possible that your number was provided via a rogue App on your ‘phone, or you may have clicked on an innocent looking Ad while browsing the web.

You need to be aware that while you are connected to the internet via mobile data, your number may be passed by GO2 to third parties for charging purposes. The mechanism by which this happens is called 'Payforit'.  This can’t happen while you are connected by WiFi. Once the third party has your number they can send you chargeable text messages and, very unfairly in my opinion, it will be your job to argue for a refund!

The Payforit mechanism was intended to make it easy for consumers to purchase goods and services and have them charged to their 'phone bill. Unfortunately Payforit has proven to be very insecure and hardly a day goes by without someone reporting another scam on here.

I have put details of how to deal with these scams on my website at http://payforitsucks.co.uk

Unfortunately O2 and all of the other networks have no incentive to bring these scams to an end, as they receive a share of the income from them. Most of the other networks (apart from Three) can put a 'charge to bill' bar on your account which should stop these third party charges.

The steps you ought to be taking are (with links to detailed instructions):

  1. Stop further charges being made
  2. Get a refund of any charges already taken
  3. Complain to the Phone-paid Services Authority
  4. Protect yourself from further 'charge to bill' scams

Let me know if can offer any further help or advice. These scams are a disgrace to the mobile communications industry.