Author: Age Cymru
Published on 27 July 2015 10:00 AM
Mervyn Burt, who is 82 and from Tonypandy, had money taken from his mobile phone’s ‘Pay as you go’ account after he took part in an online quiz in June.
He entered the quiz with hopes of winning a brand new iPad but was nearly conned into paying £4.50 a week, as Mervyn explains:
"I received an email and in it there was a quiz and the prize was an iPad.
”I finished the quiz and straight away I got another email asking me for my mobile phone number.
“I replied to the email and sent my mobile number and then I got a text message saying they would be taking £4.50 a week from my 'Pay as you go' account unless I texted the word ‘Stop’ the number 82288.
“£4.50 isn’t much, but if they’re doing this to hundreds of people, they’re doing all right for themselves.
“I felt really annoyed that they had done such an underhand thing and I don’t want anyone else to be caught out like this.
“This is why I’m helping Age Cymru by speaking out during Scams Awareness Month about my experience.”