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Beware of Scams.
Posted by N44 on February 5, 2020, 8:14 am
I've just had an email that really looked genuine, pretending to be from Amazon saying something has been ordered on another device so please review your account and it gives a Link. Don't click that Link
Just had another scam. Two in one day. This one was pretending to be from EE saying they cant process my latest Bill, so click the link to update and avoid fees. I am with Vodafone so knew it was another scam.
These people drive you mad, each time we get a scam call I do 1471 then check Who Called Me, never anything listed. The thing is each call comes from a different number so BT must be selling these banks of numbers to the scammers, why canít BT be held to account, maybe the Directors should be fined, it might help focus the mind?
They use proxy numbers Liz, one of the numbers on a recent scam by all appearances was in the Hexham area, but random numbers are used from around the UK, making it appear to be domestic numbers, the source call tends to be overseas and then diverted via one of these UK numbers, we had one yesterday, just put the phone down or wind them up, its up to you.
To be honest Brian we now donít bother to answer our phone, we believe that if someone is calling us and they want to speak to us they will leave a message and we will call them back, this means if the scammers callus they just donít get a reply the call goes to answer machine.
I've never asked to be ex directory, but when I checked just now I'm not in the phone book.We rarely use the house phone as we use our mobiles which was where the EE Text came to. The Amazon scam was an email. There was another Scam on BBC news just this morning. Its called Courier Fraud and the gangs pose as couriers, police officers or bank officials and con vulnerable elderly people over the phone. They then turn up at their doorstep looking like who they are pretending to be. People believe them thinking they are helping them catch a criminal. They've conned millions so far. Best not to trust anyone you don't know because scamming is getting worse
I have a sticker on the front door saying no uninvited callers. If they persist I give them one minute to get off my property or be thrown off. It works even on a Sunday ! On the phone if it's a live call and they persist, they get a 2 second blast of 120 dB personal alarm to clear the wax out of their lugholes!That works as well.
It makes no difference whether your ex directory or not ,they [scammers] use auto dialers or software to generate phone numbers. I've had lots recently from numbers starting with 003244 and so on. On TV recently they showed a small box that companys can use , it generates hundreds if not thousands of numbers and rings them hundreds at a time .The first one to pick up recieves the recorded message ,this is how sometimes when you pick up the phone ,there's no one there [silent calls] because someone has just picked up a milli second before you. Of course most of the calls involving the person claiming to be from Microsoft from India or Pakistan were caused by British Telecom. They, as you know transfered the call centres overseas giving these people access to the phone numbers and address's of millions of British households. Shame on BT for this .These numbers have been passed around and sold for years , we may never see the end of the overseas calls.
As I understand it (but dont know for sure) the numbers are now harvested from the net. It takes just milli-seconds to collect millions of numbers and dial them randomly. So it is maybe not BT at fault. It is happening with other providers. I think the problem is that numbers on issue are in the Public Domain. It just means that we have to be constantly aware.