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Scam phone call warning

Meter readings to premium rate number

A resident reports:

An attempted scam call today on my answer phone messages.

Caller stated she was calling on behalf of my energy provider to obtain a meter reading.

I was asked to call 0845 702 3461 with my readings;  I should also provide my post code and account number.

Alternatively I could do so on

I have checked with my energy supplier, they have not requested this.

I have checked this number on Google and it has been identified as a premium number used to host scams and nuisance calls at very high premium rates.

It may be local to Boston, Lincolnshire, or entirely random, but it is convincing.  Interestingly I did not hear the phone ring; it may be able to call the message service direct.