cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Fake numbers in 1471 from scammers

hitchhiker43
Aspiring Pro
Posts: 200
Thanks: 29
Fixes: 4
Registered: ‎06-07-2016

Fake numbers in 1471 from scammers

This seems to be the latest game to get around call blockers etc, I just had a recorded PPI call and as usual did 1471 after I cut it off to get the number for the ICO, it was 01956 42355 one digit short! (UK landlines are 11 digits) so these [-Censored-]s are somehow spoofing the number they are calling from even though its a landline ?Huh

Shouldn't the phone providers be doing something about this as it defeats some means by which we poor customers use to detect and ignore fraud calls ?

Tp-link W8960n on longgggggggg line!
4 REPLIES 4
Darkfire
Plusnet Alumni (retired)
Plusnet Alumni (retired)
Posts: 699
Fixes: 30
Registered: ‎17-10-2015

Re: Fake numbers in 1471 from scammers

Hi Hitchhiker, 

 

whilst these calls are most definitely annoying(I don't even own a handset for this reason), that number is a real number, UK numbers can be 10 or 11 digits Smiley 

hitchhiker43
Aspiring Pro
Posts: 200
Thanks: 29
Fixes: 4
Registered: ‎06-07-2016

Re: Fake numbers in 1471 from scammers

that number is a real number, UK numbers can be 10 or 11 digits

Ohh thank you I didn't realize that, several look up sites reported it as fake on the basis of not being 11 digits, well I reported it to the ICO anyway (not that I am sure that does anything except keep there server busy)!

Tp-link W8960n on longgggggggg line!
198kHz
Seasoned Hero
Posts: 5,590
Thanks: 2,577
Fixes: 37
Registered: ‎30-07-2008

Re: Fake numbers in 1471 from scammers

@hitchhiker43  @Darkfire

True - UK numbers can be 10 digits i.e. five digits after the area code.

 

However, in this particular case, it's definitely a spoofed number, as 01956 is not a valid code, as can be checked on the BT website.

If you want the best seat in the house, move the cat
FTTC 40/10   Billion 8800NL
BT technician (Retired)
MauriceC
Hero
Posts: 4,085
Thanks: 929
Fixes: 17
Registered: ‎10-04-2007

Re: Fake numbers in 1471 from scammers

As an additional observation:  Most of these 'spoofed' calls I've had in the last few weeks are carefully crafted to look like one of your well known local prefixes - so a quick glance at the displayed number makes you woonder if is a local call? 

 

M

Superusers are not staff, but they do have a direct line of communication into the business in order to raise issues, concerns and feedback from the community.