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Scammers at it again

Pete11
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Scammers at it again

I have just received a phone call (allegedly) from TalkTalk. The person said they are sorry to inform me that my router was having "some serious issues regarding constant disconnections" and were offering £250 compensation. I asked them how they got my phone number to which he replied..."from your account". I told him that I was recording the conversation because I believe it to be a scam and the phone went dead.

Now, I thought, being as I am not with TalkTalk, how did they get my number? Don't worry PN, I'm not blaming you, but it does make me think that if scammers like this are using TalkTalk as a way in, how much longer will it be before using PN or any other ISP for that matter.

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Steve
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Re: Scammers at it again

I am with Talk Talk and ever since that last major hack I have had these calls. Phone was silent before it!! BT8610 advanced call blocker phone has been a nice investment. Talk Talk give you OK privacy features for free but I can do more with the BT8610.

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Re: Scammers at it again

They didn't get your number they just dialled all of them in turn until they got to yours.

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Steve
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Re: Scammers at it again

In that last major Talk Talk hack I even had scammers tell me what my name is.

Pete11
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Re: Scammers at it again

The other strange thing is, he told me that my TalkTalk account number was ...blah, blah, blah etc. Ha, no chance of that cos I don't have an account with them. I think these people should get a proper job, like cleaning up sheep or cow poo.

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Re: Scammers at it again

I do wonder why I have a landline phone as scammers and cold callers have made it virtually useless.

I only answer calls which are in the phone's address book.

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Re: Scammers at it again

@Steve

One better than that, I had call on my new number asking for the Mrs by her first name -- the day after I had paid BT to have it changed because of nuisance calls!

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Re: Scammers at it again

My mum gets them quite often, who is on PlusNet, but I am sure these are unrelated to PlusNet Smiley

The conversation went like this, roughly went as follows:

Scammer: "We're calling from BT. There is a problem with your interent connection"
Me: "Can you describe the nature of the problem, my ISP and my external IP address"
Scammer "I don't understand - ISP".
Me: "Internet Service Provider. Who is it?"
Scammer "I don't understand".

(Scammer hangs up).

Looking forward to the next one!

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The last conversation I had with one of them before I got fed up was one of the scammers telling me someone else is using my Wifi. Funny that I told him as I don't have Wifi. I ended the call. I bought a BT8610. Only people in my phone book get straight through. Anonymous callers have to announce who they are and press # . I can accept the call or block it. It stores up to 1000 numbers to block. International calls I have blocked automatically and all withheld numbers get put straight to my answer machine.

 

Versus blocking ALL withheld numbers ( might be important ) and block up to 16 numbers with the Talk Talk free privacy features. 

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Re: Scammers at it again


Alex wrote:

 


Scammer "I don't understand - ISP".

 


 

ISP

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That sounds good Steve, I worked at companies who didn't like CLID being used (don't know why), so at least they can leave a message and then you can tell if it a genuine call, and not someone saying you've been missold PPI.

Mind you my landline BT phones are 13 years old and have been playing up recently so maybe it is time I change them 😄
Steve
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That is the way I have it set up anyway. I could block everything except my phone book but I feel that is too heavy handed. So far so good, nothing getting through and withhelds are not leaving messages Smiley

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Re: Scammers at it again

Though the scammers are getting wiser, sadly as with what happens with everything.

I got calls from a number, about 6 months ago. Only lasted for three days. Can't remember the format, but something like 0123456789012. False, but would get around any blocks, unless you whitelist everyone you know, and blacklist ones you don't and withheld. So they can make calls to fool CLID, hopefully BT have fixed that now.

The trouble with that then is it causes issues if you're dealing with a legitimate company, I guess all you can do is listen to voicemail, ignore the fake calls and call back the real ones.
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They are indeed, mainly getting around CLID I have all sorts of weird and wonderful numbers calling in the past starting 00. I don't mind calling anyone back who might be withheld and leave a message. Beats the other way of having to either answer them all ( while you are at home )  or block them all. In my opinion. Like you I needed a new house phone anyway Grin

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Maybe I am just lucky as I rarely get scam calls. I think I have just had one in the last year. I get a few cold calls for insurance and the like but they don't bother me as I just ignore unknown numbers.

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