As with many other I too have been charged for texts received from 700046067 although no texts were received. It appears that stopping them in the future is not possible. So I have completed a Fraud Report to the Police.
Since the charges are taken from my Direct Debit by Virgin;
since Virgin lists them on my statement;
since Virgin are aware of this activity;
since Virgin receive my payment......how do the Fraudsters get paid?
Surely, it can only be by arrangement with Virgin?
Its pretty clear from my afternoon investigating this matter that.......
(a) All the phone providers are aware of the element of fraud associated with these "received texts" appearing on our bills. Proof of that lies in their almost immediate ability to provide the details and addresses of the source. Additionally they are quite skilful in offloading responsibility onto the customer to make investigations, even though they are the other party in our Direct Debit and out of which the "text sender" must surely get paid. How else?
(b) Since the amounts taken are small, many of us may not be aware of them being buried in a bill, which can sometimes run into a lot of pages. Consequently there is not that much "hue and cry." Only when fraud gets to big money is there a response from the public and the law. But it is big money when collated across the thousands of cheated customers.
(c) To add strength to an attempt at obtaining recompense a victim will have to report it to the Police, local MP, Age Concern, Money Saving Expert, Crimewatch etc etc. It will depend on how far one is prepared to go for small money. However, one winner could set a precedent and benefit many others.