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Scammers getting inventive/desperate

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in The Money Savers Arms
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in The Money Savers Arms
Just got a call on my landline from 020 8216 2391, a London number. All I got was a recorded message advising me that my BT broadband would be disconnected within 24 hours as my IP had been compromised - and I should call them back.

I'm with BT telephone line, but my broadband service is with another company. Plus, my IP is dynamic so that it changes every time I connect to the net.

Needless to say, I just ignored it. But it was a London number, which has set me thinking. How long can they hope to get away with it?

I googled the number but got no results.
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  • welshbookwormwelshbookworm Forumite
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    I had one today , who told me she'd ring me back if I hung up!She hung up on me :)
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    It's not showing on whocallsme.com, but there is nothing stopping you reporting it on that site to warn others.

    Just because it appears to be a London number doesn't mean that it originates there. Technology now can bounce calls around the world to make it look as though it is local/national, but it's just as likely to have originated overseas.


    Sadly there is very little you can do about it except pay for a call blocker. Personally I think the problem is so great that 'phone providers should offer blockers for free.
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    Phones come with a built in feature now where you can block phone numbers.

    Otherwise, if you are on Android you can use an app called "Call Blocker".
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    Oh yes, on my mobile I block all such numbers. On the landline I get very few calls and I don't mind just putting the phone down. I was just posting about this scam, as the phone number and crisp English accent may look/sound genuine.
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  • pogofishpogofish Forumite
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    "Getting Inventive" - these calls have been going out for years!

    And IIRC we have plenty of threads from posters who have or have had people taken-in by them!
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    pogofish wrote: »
    "Getting Inventive" - these calls have been going out for years!

    And IIRC we have plenty of threads from posters who have or have had people taken-in by them!


    Yes they have.

    The one I was getting sometimes 6 times a day was £600 has been sent from my credit card abroad and if I did not authorise it to press 1.
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    pogofish wrote: »
    "Getting Inventive" - these calls have been going out for years!

    And IIRC we have plenty of threads from posters who have or have had people taken-in by them!

    I know these calls have been going out for years. But to me the the novelty was the posh English accent and a London number. Before I always got Alan or John or Amy with a strong Asian accent from an unspecified international number.
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    edited 21 August 2019 at 5:16PM
    Quasar wrote: »
    I know these calls have been going out for years. But to me the the novelty was the posh English accent and a London number. Before I always got Alan or John or Amy with a strong Asian accent from an unspecified international number.

    Phone numbers have also been spoofed for a very ling time too (early/mid 2000s?) and some Asian call centres are actually pretty high-status operations, geared at the UK/American market, mainly thanks to our generous international development funding. Staffed by persons from private school backgrounds whose english is indeed often impeccable and accent-free. You may find the same firms handling a range of clients, from major international corporations, to shonky spammers like these pretty-much seamlessly as most of the scammers "commissioning" goes via overseas third parties in other difficult to action places.

    Its a long way from the sweatshop/barely literate business it once was - although yes, some of those do still exist.
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    Q, you may be interested in this YouTube channel:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBNG0osIBAprVcZZ3ic84vw/videos

    Does contain some NSFW/"salty" language, most often from the scammers themselves - you have been warned ;)
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