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  New missed call mobile phone scam
Updated 18 February 2004, 13.33

A new mobile phone scam could cost people lots of money unless they keep a close eye on their missed calls.

Special computers ring phone numbers for just one ring, leaving a missed call message and a number that some people may choose to ring back.

If they ring that number someone at the other end tries to keep them talking, costing them as much as 15 a call.

The scam promises people a "fantastic prize" but instead of the 1,000 they are promised, they get vouchers.

One of the companies behind the scheme told the Guardian newspaper that what they're doing isn't illegal.

However, Icstis, who are the government body in charge of looking after phone calls, say the scam is illegal and are trying to stop it.

The easiest way to avoid being caught out by it is simple - if you get a missed call message don't call the number it leaves unless you are sure you know who it is.

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