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Silvertabby
Silvertabby Posts: 9,090 Forumite
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edited 15 February 2021 at 10:30AM in Praise, vent & warnings
Groan.  We don't normally have much of a problem with phone scammers, but this morning - literally within 5 minutes of each other - Mr S had the 'arrest warrant issued for unpaid taxes' and I had the 'there's a problem with your internet connection'.

Hope this isn't a sign of things to come - there's only so much fun one can have with these idiots.
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  • JJ_Egan
    JJ_Egan Posts: 20,281 Forumite
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    Once you are on the list expect many more .
  • Silvertabby
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    JJ_Egan said:
    Once you are on the list expect many more .
    I know.  
  • liggerz87
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    Ye mate had the arrest warrant one a few times I think they called twice before and 3rd was when I was near him and he put on loud speaker I started laughing hearing it as he was panicky before and I said if there was an arrest warrant for you they tell you they'll just show up somewhere to get you lol he was ok after that lol
  • misteee
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    Hi Yes I have read this on mumsnet apparently they scammed a student (daughter ) out of her student loan then she told her mum ! don't know why student thought she was in trouble anyway but it is scarey for the youngsters ....they are targeting the students as well ...I tend not to answer ... Always wise to check numbers via google  I just tap in the number and it  will come up and give details  if there are reports of a scam and you can report it and block it I can do it via spam alert  27726 there is also an HMRC scam going around as well ............
  • JJ_Egan
    JJ_Egan Posts: 20,281 Forumite
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    Problem is that nowadays many numbers are faked so lookup does not work .Likewise block xx number that does not exist or has been borrowed from a legitimate number often local .
  • JamoLew
    JamoLew Posts: 1,800 Forumite
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    Get a set of BT phones with trueCall/CallGuardian 

    Had some for years and not had a single unwanted call in that time
  • missile
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    JamoLew said:
    Get a set of BT phones with trueCall/CallGuardian 

    Had some for years and not had a single unwanted call in that time
    These are a pain for genuine callers.
    I have a cheaper option, with my phone set to go to answering machine after two rings.
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  • JamoLew
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    missile said:
    JamoLew said:
    Get a set of BT phones with trueCall/CallGuardian 

    Had some for years and not had a single unwanted call in that time
    These are a pain for genuine callers.
    I have a cheaper option, with my phone set to go to answering machine after two rings.
    Why are they a pain ?

    If the person in is my phone book they get straight through - if they aren't they just have to announce who they are.

    Leaving an answerphone message is more of a pain (imo) than a simple announcement of who you are - or at best, no worse
  • LadyDee
    LadyDee Posts: 4,293 Forumite
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    I can't remember the last time I had a scam call because I simply I have always ignored calls from unknown numbers.  Eventually your number will drop of the list of victims which is sold on to the next scammer.  By answering you are confirming it is a live number and you can look forward to receiving more calls.  

  • in_my_wellies
    in_my_wellies Posts: 1,650 Forumite
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    edited 27 February 2021 at 12:08AM
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    I rarely use my mobile due to poor signal and have never received anything other than genuine calls until today. In the space of three hours I was called three times by the 'I will be arrested for tax fraud' scammers. I only answered one of them, the second, and I remained silent. All three numbers began 020 and had similar but different remaining numbers. 

    Trying to think where they got my number or are they just ringing random numbers?  I did install the Nectar app just before these calls. 
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