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Mercury Communications Ltd reckons that it has lost around UKP500,000 in a phone fraud whereby pirate exchanges were set up using confidential engineers’ codes leaked by a Mercury employee: centred in London’s East End, the scam offered customers one hour’s phone use for UKP20, or a whole night’s use for UKP70 according to reports; innocent Mercury customers were then charged for the calls which were, not surprisingly, mostly to international destinations; 15 people were arrested after raids on premises in Walthamstow, Forest Gate and Leyton, while Mercury said that it is after one crooked employee in particular.

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