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St3
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anyone else getting scam callers today?

01952857247 just had a call from this number it said it was outside uk, i answered with a silly voice and some indian guy asked if i was mr henderson i replied in a silly voice and he hung up lol

How they get my number when im x-directory ? 

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jab1
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Re: anyone else getting scam callers today?

@St3 They don't, they use random dialing equipment, and those that pick up get the scam. Saying that, did they get your name right? Could be possible that the database of some organisation who have your details has been hacked.

BTW - that is one digit too long to be a UK number, so spoofed anyway.

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Ste i got 2 last night silent calls from odd numbers ?

001 2494968064
001 3063628306

 

says its Cambodia Huh?

 

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Re: anyone else getting scam callers today?

Yep this is a handy site.

Check this link with that number included in it.

It is the old scam of people pretending to work for BT saying there is a problem with your internet connection, when there probably isn't, to get you to install Malware on your machine.

We get them at home, and my mum just says "I'll get my son to deal with it, he does the IT".

So a scam and nothing to worry about.

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Re: anyone else getting scam callers today?


jab1 wrote:

BTW - that is one digit too long to be a UK number, so spoofed anyway.


 

11 digits to my eyes (xxxxx xxx xxx), standard post-phONEday number length, so appears legit, but obviously not if it originated abroad...

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Re: anyone else getting scam callers today?

@twocvbloke You are correct, my apologies.Embarrassed

I read that number about five times before I posted - time for VisionExpress.Wink

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Re: anyone else getting scam callers today?

Yeah you have to be careful, as CLID can definitely be spoofed.

I've had calls to my landline, with a number like 0123456789012.

I ignored it of course, but I'd be impressed if that was a legitimate number. 

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No worries, even with my eyes through my glasses, I miss things here and there too... Grin

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About 30mins ago I had a call to my landline from a company stating that my telephone number was likely to be the target of unwanted marketing calls, and would I like to subscribe to their scheme stopping them. And no, it wasn't the TPS!

My word these rogues are creative.

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@JPN They may be creative, but are often just reading from a script, so if you can be bothered to string 'em along (I can't), you can sometimes have a bit of fun.

I  must be on a 'he's a waste of time' list, because although I used to get four or more calls a day at one point, these days I don't get that many a month.

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Received from the Action Fraud Police bulletin :

 

Phantom Debt Fraud  

Action Fraud has recently experienced an increase in the number of calls to members of the public by fraudsters requesting payments for a “phantom” debt. The fraud involves being cold-called by someone purporting to be a debt collector, bailiff or other type of enforcement agent. The fraudster may claim to be working under instruction of a court, business or other body and suggest they are recovering funds for a non-existent debt.

 

The fraudsters are requesting payment, sometimes by bank transfer and if refused, they threaten to visit homes or workplaces in order to recover the supposed debt that is owed. In some cases, the victim is also threatened with arrest. From the reports Action Fraud has received, this type of fraud is presently occurring throughout the UK.  

It is important to recognise that there are key differences between the various entities who seek to settle debts or outstanding fees in England and Wales. These differences range from the type of debt they will enforce to the legal powers they possess. To learn more, please take a look at some of the helpful information and links on the Step Change Debt Charity website; https://www.stepchange.org/debt-info/debt-collection/bailiffs-and-debt-collectors-differences.aspx  

Protect Yourself

  • Make vigorous checks if you ever get a cold call. Bailiffs for example, should always be able to provide you with a case number and warrant number, along with their name and the court they are calling from; make a note of all details provided to you.
  • If you receive a visit from a bailiff, they must always identify themselves as a Court Bailiff at the earliest possible opportunity. Ask to see their identity card which they must carry to prove who they are, this card shows their photograph and identity number. They will also carry the physical warrant showing the debt and endorsed with a court seal.
  • If you work for a business and receive a call or visit, be sure to speak with your manager or business owner first. Never pay the debts yourself on behalf of the business you work for; some fraudsters have suggested employees make payment suggesting they can then be reimbursed by their employer when in reality the debt is non-existent.
  • Exercise caution believing someone is genuine because you’ve found something on the internet; fraudsters could easily create fake online profiles to make you believe them.
  • Double check with the court, company or public body they claim to work for to confirm whether the call is legitimate; if you use a landline make sure you hear the dialling tone prior to dialling as the caller could still be on the line and you could potentially speak to the fraudster(s) to confirm the non-existent debt. Also be sure to independently search for a telephone number to call; never use a number provided by the caller without carrying out your own research.
  • Do not feel rushed or intimidated to make a decision based on a phone call. Take five and listen to your instincts.
  • If you know you have a debt, keep in regular contact with your creditor and be sure to establish the debt type at the earliest opportunity if you are not aware. This will help you to understand who might be in contact with you regarding any repayments or arrears.

You can report suspicious calls like these to Action Fraud by visiting www.actionfaud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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Re: anyone else getting scam callers today?


Alex wrote:

Yeah you have to be careful, as CLID can definitely be spoofed.

I've had calls to my landline, with a number like 0123456789012.

I ignored it of course, but I'd be impressed if that was a legitimate number. 


Be aware that they do often spoof numbers, which are peoples genuine private numbers. The legitimate owner of the number can then become flooded with calls from people who have found they have missed the call, ringing back to see what the call was about. I can imagine that being very annoying for those on the receiving end and absolutely nothing can be done to prevent it.  

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Re: anyone else getting scam callers today?


St3 wrote:

01952857247 just had a call from this number it said it was outside uk, i answered with a silly voice and some indian guy asked if i was mr henderson i replied in a silly voice and he hung up lol

How they get my number when im x-directory ? 


Are you sure about caller location? My number consists of 01xxx for the exchange then xxxxxx for the line. It could be in UK, but definitely is

spoofed, as 01952857 is according to CodeLook  unallocated to any service provider.

No one has to agree with my opinion, but in the time I have left a miracle would be nice.
St3
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Re: anyone else getting scam callers today?

That is the number that shows on the caller details, i did google it and other people have warned about them pretending to be from BT.

And no they didnt have my correct details...... i feel they were trying it on Wink

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Re: anyone else getting scam callers today?

My approach would be if say someone from PlusNet called me with the CLID spoofed to look like it is, saying they were them.

I would decline and offer to ring CS back

If it was them, they’d have records against your account and know why.

If it wasn’t they would say “We have no record of the call”.