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Old 15th Mar 2019, 14:05
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Local Scam Calls

This morning I received a call from a local number with a recorded message telling me that my internet would be shut down. I rejected the call but since then I have received about 10 calls from people who say that they have a missed call from my number. I am sure that these calls are genuine, some are local and some are from the Bristol area. The original number has a negative rating.

I have never before had scam calls from local numbers and I wonder if this is a new trend with a malicious twist to it. Any suggestions on the best way to deal with this situation?
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 15:26
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This morning I received a call from a local number with a recorded message telling me that my internet would be shut down. I rejected the call but since then I have received about 10 calls from people who say that they have a missed call from my number. I am sure that these calls are genuine, some are local and some are from the Bristol area. The original number has a negative rating.

I have never before had scam calls from local numbers and I wonder if this is a new trend with a malicious twist to it. Any suggestions on the best way to deal with this situation?
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I donít know how they do it, or what technology they have, but some scammers seem to be able to clone or use a U.K. number on their caller ID. itís seem like they have unfortunately chosen yours. In my rage, I have called numbers back that have been used by scammers, only to find they are an innocent party.
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 17:02
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More often than not that local number will not be recognised. You were unlucky.

A similar twist is spam emails from 'me'. If course you can't block the sender as it is 'you'.
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Old 15th Mar 2019, 21:43
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I don’t know how they do it, or what technology they have, but some scammers seem to be able to clone or use a U.K. number on their caller ID. it’s seem like they have unfortunately chosen yours. In my rage, I have called numbers back that have been used by scammers, only to find they are an innocent party.
We had a scam call last week with a local number - so answered it - only to put it down when we discovered the source. Immediately afterwards we had a call from "Bill" -someone in our address book. It was the same scammer - their electronics had ironically chosen a local number of one of our friends.
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Old 16th Mar 2019, 06:16
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Something new(ish) ....

Yesterday I received a call here in Germany with a recorded woman's voice. I hung up before "she" got too far into the details about how some Austrian law firm has our file and that we need to get in touch for our pay-out.

It seemed like some new variation on the classical "419 letter," money just sitting somewhere waiting for us to get in touch and claim it. Whoever heard of a law firm using a recorded message, though? This is like going fishing using a plastic worm.

Oh well .... At least some scammers are making progress past the guys with a heavy Asian accent calling from places such as "San Francisco City" about how my (Apple) computer has a problem with its Windows.
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Old 4th Apr 2019, 09:55
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Wednesday/Thursday are always my busy time for scam calls.

Today’s offering started off with a recorded message from “Talktalk” which was then picked up by an operator without me having to press anything. I was swiftly transferred to a “technician” who pratted on about error messages etc. Having got bored, I asked him if he had parents and if he had, I’m sure they would be very sad to know that he was employed in an organisation that rips off innocent people. He then accused ME of being a liar and told me to f*** off. But you rang me, I said. I think he carried on swearing in some unidentifiable language before he got the referees whistle.
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Old 4th Apr 2019, 10:47
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Anyone with TalkTalk can have, at no charge, a caller ident. facility. This intercepts all calls and asks the caller to identify themselves, if they do the phone rings and the caller identifies to you. You then have 3 options, One, to accept and store the number, thus obviating the need for this number to go through the identifying process in future,Two, to accept the call but not store it and Three reject the call and this number will be rejected in the future. Since I have been using this I have had Zero scam calls, one good thing that TalkTalk offers.

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Old 4th Apr 2019, 11:50
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BT operate, own and have responsibility for 95% of the UK's phone system. Therefore, every call made that traverses their system collects an appropriate fee. It would be useful to know how much BT actually make from that combined call traffic, and what percentage of that amount is attributed to scams that are routed through the system that they own/manage. It would be good to have the profit made from scam transactions fed back to the users that pay BT to keep the network safe from this type of attack.

With the many electronic security systems that exist, should it not be possible to route all international calls to the UK through a system that automatically validates the callers info prior to being allowed onto the UK network? If they appear in a list of valid (registered and verified) numbers, the call goes through. If not it goes to a blacklist for further investigation.

There are more credit card holders in the UK than there are fixed line phone users, and the credit card companies and banks know exactly what transactions take place and the buyer and seller can be identified by each transaction that takes place? Surely it should be possible to do this on the phone system too?

I think that BT realise that a significant revenue would be lost if they applied an accountable but workable fix to this.
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Old 4th Apr 2019, 16:52
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Someone called today @ 14:08.
I searched online and there have been 28 enquiries 'Who called' starting today 4th April.
Obviously these people are setting up a call centre from a (probably) spoofed number.

This number has been searched 28 times.
Calls started on April 4th, 2019.
This number was searched from Glasgow, Fleet, Swindon, Exeter, Holyhead, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Chelmsford, Plymouth, Halifax, Stroud.
28 complaints today - how many haven't enquired?
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Old 12th Apr 2019, 17:48
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Call received today from 01282070889. Female Indian voice.

Usual claptrap from “Talktalk” about router issues. For today’s persona, I decided to be a daft old bloke. Kept asking her to repeat her requests and where was she calling from again?

It was all going really rather well until she lost patience with me and suddenly said, “F*** you, you bloody bitch!” And hung up.

Well, really?! Did she not realise my gender? I can only assume she’s heard that greeting several times from recipients of her calls.
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Old 12th Apr 2019, 19:08
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Standards are slipping. Caller One today had so many background voices, obviously coming from some sort of "boiler room," that I could hardly understand him.

Caller Two was a woman who told me "Your computer is problem."

I asked her to repeat that, which she did. Then I told her that was not even English! Then I got "Your computer is a problem."

I kept asking her where she was calling from; Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata ... and she kept right on with the script. I finally told her that my computer is from Apple, and to "F*ck off!"

The next person who called just hung up after I said "Hello." Was it something I said?
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Old 12th Apr 2019, 22:28
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You're rather fortunate in that the next caller didn't say they were from Apple ...
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Old 12th Apr 2019, 22:55
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You're rather fortunate in that the next caller didn't say they were from Apple ...

You're rather fortunate in that the same caller didn't ring back and say they were from Apple ..
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Old 12th Apr 2019, 23:11
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Dilemma, my telephone caller blocked facility is now full; now what?
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Old 12th Apr 2019, 23:31
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Dilemma, my telephone caller blocked facility is now full; now what?
Does anyone still have a landline?
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Old 12th Apr 2019, 23:49
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Originally Posted by Gertrude the Wombat View Post
Does anyone still have a landline?
Yes. I don't answer it any more though. Need to be rid...
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Old 13th Apr 2019, 12:17
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Does anyone still have a landline?
Yes, I have and I use it a lot and all the call blocking is done very effectively by BT. .

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Old 13th Apr 2019, 12:46
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Originally Posted by Groundgripper View Post
Yes, I have and I use it a lot and all the call blocking is done very effectively by BT. .

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Can they block the MiL?
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Old 13th Apr 2019, 13:27
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Dilemma, my telephone caller blocked facility is now full; now what?
Suggest you clear down the block list as you are probably 'blocked ' by the earlier ones.

I blocked AMEX as they kept ringing also the local NHS Trust with their automated 'how have we done '?' The rest seen to change their numbers.
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Old 13th Apr 2019, 17:00
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Can they block the MiL?
Strange as it may seem, I always got on very well with my MiL - it's her daughter who's been driving me insane for the last 48 years.

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