Foreign phone call scam: SLT, TRC to get to the bottom of it

11 June 2017 08:51 pm - 6     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

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Two separate investigations are set to begin into a phone scam was reported which had many mobile phone users alarmed today.

Minister of Telecom and Digital Infrastructure Development Harin Fernando told Daily Mirror that both the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) and Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) would conduct separate investigations into the reports.

“I have issued instructions to both the TRC and the SLT to investigate these reports and send me there findings," the minister said. He assured that the racketeers behind the scam will be dealt with after their identities are uncovered.

Many mobile users complained that they had received overseas phone calls which were cut before they could answer them. Some users said no one had answered when they called back. However those who returned the call had been charged an exorbitant amount of money for making the call to that number. Some mobile phone users said they had received calls from the US while others said theirs had come from the West Indies.

Meanwhile, a private mobile phone service provider had assured the public that they would conduct their own inquiries into the alleged scam. (Yohan Perera)

  Comments - 6

  • Esama Wava Monday, 12 June 2017 12:49 PM

    The scam is designed in such a way to induce the recipient to call back

    ravin Monday, 12 June 2017 07:23 AM

    This was a old scam.

    usaguy Monday, 12 June 2017 08:20 AM

    there is a simple solution. if you dont recognize the number dont answer. via DM Android App

    Kale Monday, 12 June 2017 08:59 AM

    What about the scam where you sign a contract with SLT and they don't deliver any service?

    David G A Monday, 12 June 2017 08:59 AM

    I too received a missed call way back in April 2017.I tried to call back and found it to be from Baluchistan and I was charged 1,435/= for that 5 seconds.

    Swedish Monday, 12 June 2017 09:08 AM

    This was the case in Sweden 2-3 weeks ago. A lot of people were charged huge amount of money when they called back. Swedish authorities told the people to answers any call from unknown numbers BUT NOT to call to any unknown numbers as it will cost a lot.


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