The Anonymous Widower

Text Message Accident Scam

A few minutes ago I got a text on my mobile from +447849031791 which said.

You may be entitled to 6000 pounds compensation for the Accident you had. To claim for free reply with YES to this msg. To opt out text stop. HBXA

As I haven’t had an accident, it’s either a cyber ambulance chaser or a scam.  Take your pick!

I will not reply.

I did search the Internet with Google and found a useful site called WhoCallsMe.  They had several copies of the same message registered on their site.

Note - I put quotes around “You may be entitled to 6000 pounds compensation for the Accident you had” to do the search.

This isn’t the first time I’ve come across these sort of people.  A few months ago to get one off the phone, I had to use the F-word many times and put the phone down on him at least six times.

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August 5, 2009 - Posted by | Computing | ,

32 Comments »

  1. I also got an identical text, again without the accident. I will agree that not replying is the best move – it’s the same deal if you get a spam email in that replying just tells them you’re a live number.

    If you have an accident you need actual professional medicolegal advice, not a text message advert.

    Comment by scotslawstudent | August 11, 2009 | Reply

  2. The only accident I’ve had lately was to get a shell splinter into my foot on Holkham Beach. Who would be sued for that one? Neptune?

    It was much worse than when I got mugged in Naples, as I didn’t have the satisfaction of hurting my assailant, as they were already dead.

    Comment by AnonW | August 12, 2009 | Reply

  3. Just received the same text they are now using this number for contact+447554710471 glad I found your site and didn’t text them back Thanks J

    Comment by jennie | November 14, 2009 | Reply

  4. No problem. Glad to help. There should be a number to report these crooks to!

    Comment by AnonW | November 14, 2009 | Reply

  5. I just got the same message but from 07770 299136. Deleted it.

    Comment by MikeP | March 24, 2010 | Reply

  6. How the hell did they get my number?…

    Comment by AdamR | April 21, 2010 | Reply

  7. Don’t worry they just generated it.

    It must be lucrative if they can afford to send that many texts.

    Comment by AnonW | April 21, 2010 | Reply

  8. Me too! from 447502 486161

    Comment by ac | June 22, 2010 | Reply

  9. These are all scams, just run away as far as you can from them.

    Comment by Car Accident Claim | June 30, 2010 | Reply

  10. Forget it. They are fake(scams)…

    http://www.caraccidentaid.com/car-accident-injury-claim/

    Comment by Car Injury | August 3, 2010 | Reply

  11. i just got a similar one, it is the second i have had this week, last month my email was hacked and they had all my info and stole all my contacts, i was wondering if anyone else has also been hacked prior to this text. could that be how they got my number?? there had to something in it for the hackers, perhaps they sell on the info they steal. my son in law is a computor wizard and i was soon free of them but they still had my info. the barstewards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by michelle hill | September 6, 2010 | Reply

  12. p.s. should i reply STOP? I am pay as you go, are they taking money for each text???

    Comment by michelle hill | September 6, 2010 | Reply

  13. Basically, these con artists just try numbers in turn.

    So they might start at 077xx 123456 and then try 077xx 123457 etc.

    As they know you opened the text, they may try again.

    So delete them all and never ever reply to any of them. That way they’ll know they’ve found a real number, which they might sell on as genuine to other scam artists.

    Comment by AnonW | September 6, 2010 | Reply

  14. Just had similar text from +447402049288 – message deleted without replying as guessed it was a scam

    Comment by C Davies | October 20, 2010 | Reply

  15. had one this morning from 0044 7500 625 578 again never been in an accident recently so had an idea it was a scam – thanks for confirming this via this website

    Comment by Mick | October 25, 2010 | Reply

  16. The number they are using looks like it might be one of those £1 a minute jobs. So that’s another reason to beware.

    United we win and divided we lose.

    Comment by AnonW | October 25, 2010 | Reply

  17. And another number that I’ve recieved a message from is +44 7403 161 704.

    Comment by AnonZ | November 4, 2010 | Reply

  18. Similar text from +447548052392
    Text was “Our records indicate you may be entitled to £3750 for the accident you had. To claim free reply with PI to this message. To opt out text STOP”

    Also getting regularly phone calls from companies referring to the accident. When I ask how they found out about it, one said they got it from a survey. A lie ! When I start quizzing them more and ask for their address they put the phone down. I think we must have a data leak through an insurance broker or supplier or comparison quote web site as these started soon after i did some quotes online

    Comment by Simon | November 11, 2010 | Reply

  19. That would explain a lot! Sounds like a case for Watchdog or moneysavingexpert.com. But don’t waste too much time on them, just never sign up. Are they phoning on your landline? I’ve stopped nuisance calls with trueCall.

    Comment by AnonW | November 12, 2010 | Reply

  20. I am a PAYG mobile owner. I just found one of these texts in my inbox referring to a bogus accident. I deleted it as I guessed it would cost megabucks to reply. Power to the honest people!

    Comment by William | February 14, 2011 | Reply

  21. Just received same “£3750″ message from +447526372454

    Comment by A Non | March 9, 2011 | Reply

  22. i replied to it and they wired the £3750 to my account instantly! …. NOT.

    i just got same message from +447783792618 or 07783792618.

    glad i looked this up and did not reply

    Comment by mat | March 11, 2011 | Reply

  23. Another one here from +447591221715

    £3750

    Comment by "Fred" | March 25, 2011 | Reply

  24. Got one today from +447541705643

    Comment by dave | March 31, 2011 | Reply

  25. just got one:
    +447526307895
    looks like you can’t complain to anybody until you’ve replied telling them to stop and only then if they continue sending texts.
    Pretty useless, basically it means firms can bombard everybody once and get away with it.

    Comment by damian | April 6, 2011 | Reply

  26. I get these too, but instead of being p****d off by them, I have lots of fun wasting thier time and money by, for example, telling them about my ‘accidents’ on trains seats, or slating them becuase they are a care agency that didn’t turn up etc.

    Aside from giving my office colleagues lots of fun, and getting personal satisfaction, I do it in the hope that if everyone did it, they’d eventually give up and turn to more productive, and ethical, methods of advertising.

    Comment by Tony | April 15, 2011 | Reply

    • I love geting these, calls and texts too, lots of fun to be had winding them up!

      Comment by dailypoopdiary | April 29, 2011 | Reply

  27. Mine today came from 07549357997 – good riddence to them !

    Comment by Kally | June 17, 2011 | Reply

    • You’d have thought by now, that so many people would have heard of the scam, that they wouldn’t be getting any takers and would ave given up.

      Comment by AnonW | June 17, 2011 | Reply

  28. Got one today from 07763627213

    Comment by John | September 12, 2011 | Reply

  29. Received one today from 07402828375.

    Comment by Eleanor | November 4, 2011 | Reply

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    Comment by claims for personal injury | September 23, 2013 | Reply


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