26-02-2020 11:58 AM - edited 26-02-2020 12:01 PM
@thefee1984 Welcome to the forums.
I used to get a lot of strange numbers calling me, but since I stopped answering numbers I didn't recognise, the volume of such spam has dropped to around 3 or 4 a month - you are eventually seen by the scammers as not worth calling.
I would also suggest activating the 'Call Protect' feature on your account (if Plusnet are your phone provider), and you can add the last call you answered to the reject list - that number will then be blocked, but as scammers rarely use the same 'spoofed' number twice, it is rather pointless, IMHO. No answering the calls is quicker and easier, and reduces call volume just as easily.
BTW - never give these scum any information, as in 'I'll call Plunet myself' - that just makes it easier for them to sound more convincing the next time they call from'Plusnet'.
They don't have your number - they just feed a range of numbers into an autodialler, and then wait for one (or more) of those on the list to pick up - which is why you should be wary of any unknown numbers.
@thefee1984 If you get any call you do not recognise or expecting....hang up.
The different types of scams keep changing.
In a earlier post I described a call I had to inform me the loft insulation in my house attracted damp and they wanted to do a survey....utter scam
As is the clever trick of getting you to hang up and dial a number just to confirm it's the bank or police calling you and it's a genuine call. Except they are still on the line.
Also like a parcel delivered to you, 'by mistake' and someone comes to pick it up.....usually a expensive phone ..you have signed for it and records show it's gone to your address.
If you have the time look at the many scam busters sites to see the things these scammers do.
Lists of people worth calling are sold on by scammers, if you don't answer numbers
you do not recognise you will eventually drop off the list. If you do not recognise number
and answer call I would always wait for them to speak first, if there is a delay in them saying
something that is a sure sign of a scammer or call centre where they make multiple
calls at same time and if anyone picks up they will say something, sometimes it
is obviously just a pre-recorded message. Never engage them in conversation
just say nothing and put the phone down. I have known a couple of people who
used to deliberately keep them talking and seem to go along, then after 10 minutes
or so they would say that they knew the person was a scammer,, this was often
met with a stream of abuse, and the reply was 'well while you were talking to me you
weren't scamming anyone else.... classic.
@thefee1984 Another thing you could do is to buy a bt 8600 phone. This will stop most of the spam calls as if the number is unknown ( not on your known number list) it will ask them to announce who they are before ringing the phone and you can reject the call then before you answer it. Most scammers will not announce who they are and just hang up. Since getting one we now get no scam calls.Works well!!
26-02-2020 4:01 PM - edited 26-02-2020 4:03 PM
As above and ditto.
Switched ours off about a month ago just out of interest and quiet for just over a week... and then back they came. Slowly at first and then at least a couple a day for the following week. I guess the word and numbers must get passed around much like those that give to those donkey, dog and "get your free cuddly toy" charities pass your mailing address around as Mr and Mrs Gullible.
Anyways, BT call guardian phone now switch back on so no calls from 'Mike' from Mumbai or 'Chris' from Calcutta.
Don't limit the friends you haven't met with arguments you'll never have.
Pesky BT internet police and various others.. they never seem to keep their promise of cutting us off and truth be told i'd probably get more done in the day if they did.
Anyway we used to get 2-3 sometimes 3-4 of these calls a week. Some of them i'd string along (record was about 40 mins) and then throw everything at them like "oh.. my computer says it needs to restart" "No sir don't do that" "oh.. so sorry young man i clicked okay.." etc. One of them eventually said "just admit it sir, you're messing me about aren't you" LOL. The phone went quiet that month..
Anyway it started up again.. now we just don't answer the landline unless it's the evening. The spam calls have dropped right off. We still get the odd phone ring here and there but we don't bother answering it as everyone has our mobile numbers. We also don't give out the landline to anyone - infact i think the only people who have it are the doctors, hospital and plusnet.