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Maybe someone lost the plot - Don't trust caller ID!

idonno
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Maybe someone lost the plot - Don't trust caller ID!

Don't trust caller ID!  As usual the UK says we're cutting edge but we can't even get the basics right. How on earth was this allowed to happen? Unbelievable. Just makes the whole point of security totally meaningless.

 

Still they say it'll be alright by 2025.......... err 4 years time. Laughable

 

 

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jab1
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I never have trusted it - unless it displays a number in my phone 'book'. As 99.9% of these fraudulent calls originate overseas, there is little, if anything the UK authorities can do.

This is a rehash of an earlier 'report by the BBC anyway.

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@idonno wrote:

Just makes the whole point of security totally meaningless.


It's useful for determining whether you want to answer a particular call, or not. I don't think BT ever claimed it was an aid to 'security'.

The older I get, the earlier it gets late.

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@jab1 wrote:

I never have trusted it - unless it displays a number in my phone 'book'.


I received a call recently from my doctor's surgery, a number in my phone book.

I answered it and a woman started trying to sell me double glazing.

It was of course a spam call.

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@Strat That is unusual, spammers usually use unallocated/non-existent numbers. Is your surgery number a 'strange' one?

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Re: Maybe someone lost the plot - Don't trust caller ID!

Standard geographic 0114 and the rest of the number fits in with other local numbers.

 

Quite clever really as being my Doctor's number and with covid around and my appointment was due, I naturally answered it.

 

I can't exactly add it to my blocked list.

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OK - bit strange though, because if I bother to check the very occasional spam call, they usually come back with 'the number you have dialled has not been recognised, pleas check and try again'.

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@idonno wrote:

Don't trust caller ID!  As usual the UK says we're cutting edge but we can't even get the basics right. 


How on earth could the UK claim to be cutting edge when we the majority of the country have at best to put up with the  FTTC bodge for our Internet access? 

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Yep it has been cracked a while ago. Old news really.
I remember getting a call on my mobile from a number like:

0123456789012

I suspect that is not a real number 🙄
Sadly scammers will spoof numbers now to get round blocks people may try and put on.

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@Alex I keep on saying this on (a) my local forum and (b) on a 'number check' site I visit a few times: If you are not expecting a call from an 'unknown number', leave it for the answer machine - if it is genuine, they should leave a message, if it is the usual scum, as soon as the machine cuts in, they'll drop the call -- simples.

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Fair enough John, makes sense.

I am just lucky I suppose as it doesn't happen to me very often so it is not much of a problem thankfully.
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@198kHz wrote:  I don't think BT ever claimed it was an aid to 'security'.

Maybe but it does make you wonder what else the spammers have access to.

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I had three calls over two days a few weeks ago; the first one claimed to be from a London number including the prefixes required to dial it from abroad, the second and third call claimed to be from different standard London landline numbers.  The first 'caller' hung up as soon as I lifted the receiver, the second time I said hello and was told there was a problem with my computer, the third call was terminated when I didn't speak after lifting the receiver.  More recently I had a couple of calls which gave plausible UK mobile numbers.  I assume it was the same scammers trying to get me to answer.  When dialling 1471 there was no option of pressing whatever number to return the call, not that I ever would anyway.

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Most likely VoIP calls from one of the many 'spam-farms' in certain countries. Sounds like the first was checking for 'live' numbers, the second an obvious spam - not a sub-continent voice was it?😉. Third one sounds like a Voice-activated recording type.

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Re: Maybe someone lost the plot - Don't trust caller ID!

Funny how this has been on BBC News today:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-56521518