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    • Mchambers
    • By Mchambers 17th May 18, 11:46 AM
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    Warning - being scammed by John Abraham
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    • 17th May 18, 11:46 AM
    Warning - being scammed by John Abraham 17th May 18 at 11:46 AM
    Received a phone call from John Abraham to advise me that my broadband was being compromised. He said he was from BT and gave me his number as 02032894184. He told me to switch of my broadband devices off. I did a google search and found the phone number was not be trusted. I phoned my ISP to advise. I did not follow his instructions and effectively ignored him. Does anyone know how I can escalate ?
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    • Silvertabby
    • By Silvertabby 17th May 18, 12:53 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 12:53 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 12:53 PM
    It's a known scam. As long as you didn't follow 'John's' instructions to allow him access to your computer (so he could fix the problem/rob you blind) you'll be ok.

    What did your ISP say when you reported it? They may have their own protocols for dealing with these ratbags.
    • mije1983
    • By mije1983 17th May 18, 12:59 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 12:59 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 12:59 PM
    Just block the number. They'll have nothing to do with BT.


    You can report to the ICO but as they aren't actually genuine businesses then it won't make much difference. As soon as one number gets shut down another will pop up. The likelihood is that the number is not genuine either.


    https://ico.org.uk/concerns/nuisance-calls-and-messages/spam-texts-and-nuisance-calls/

    • Moneyineptitude
    • By Moneyineptitude 17th May 18, 2:10 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 2:10 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 2:10 PM
    Does anyone know how I can escalate ?
    Originally posted by Mchambers
    Who are you going to report to? You've just received a scam call. Next time, you'll know simply to replace the receiver on such calls.
    • LABMAN
    • By LABMAN 17th May 18, 2:30 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 2:30 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 2:30 PM
    Escalate as in 'compensation'?
    • mije1983
    • By mije1983 17th May 18, 2:39 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 2:39 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 2:39 PM
    Escalate as in 'compensation'?
    Originally posted by LABMAN

    Only if it was their bank calling......

    • peter_the_piper
    • By peter_the_piper 17th May 18, 3:06 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 3:06 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 3:06 PM
    We get 2 or 3 a day from the BT Technical department saying our broadband line is at fault, when told we don't have broadband on that line the phone goes dead. Strange how the windows tecnical department has morphed into bt.
    I'd rather be an Optimist and be proved wrong than a Pessimist and be proved right.
    • ElefantEd
    • By ElefantEd 17th May 18, 4:07 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 4:07 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 4:07 PM
    I suppose you could escalate things by ignoring him more pointedly. Apart from that, let it go.
    • robatwork
    • By robatwork 17th May 18, 4:10 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 4:10 PM
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    • 17th May 18, 4:10 PM
    Received a phone call from John Abraham to advise me that my broadband was being compromised. He said he was from BT and gave me his number as 02032894184. He told me to switch of my broadband devices off. I did a google search and found the phone number was not be trusted. I phoned my ISP to advise. I did not follow his instructions and effectively ignored him. Does anyone know how I can escalate ?
    Originally posted by Mchambers
    BT probably owe you some sort of compensation, as it's their phone network the scammers are using. Don't rest until this is escalated to a higher power. Your MP, Trump and Xi Jinping would be a start.

    Bear in mind it's fairly simple for scammers to spoof outgoing phone numbers now.
    • eschaton
    • By eschaton 17th May 18, 4:32 PM
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    Received a phone call from John Abraham to advise me that my broadband was being compromised. He said he was from BT and gave me his number as 02032894184. He told me to switch of my broadband devices off. I did a google search and found the phone number was not be trusted. I phoned my ISP to advise. I did not follow his instructions and effectively ignored him. Does anyone know how I can escalate ?
    Originally posted by Mchambers
    No .
    • AndyPix
    • By AndyPix 18th May 18, 10:08 AM
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    I did not follow his instructions and effectively ignored him.
    Originally posted by Mchambers

    So what is there to escalate ?
    Somebody naughty calling you ?
    Running with scissors since 1978
    • ScorpiondeRooftrouser
    • By ScorpiondeRooftrouser 18th May 18, 1:54 PM
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    Well it's an attempt at fraud, so the only way to escalate it would be to call the police. However, they are unlikely (and when I say "unlikely" I mean "it is completely beyond the bounds of all possibility") that they would do anything about it. There are tens of thousands of these happening every day and in your case you didn't even get caught by it.
    • Autumnella
    • By Autumnella 18th May 18, 7:40 PM
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    Report it to Action Fraud.
    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 19th May 18, 11:29 AM
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    Only if it was their bank calling......
    Originally posted by mije1983
    This OP has a history of posting things about Barclays (see their other threads for more), so I wonder if this is their next thing?
    Always ask yourself one question: What would Gibbs do?

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    • welshbookworm
    • By welshbookworm 19th May 18, 11:40 AM
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    I get these regularly and have great fun with them.
    Windows?
    Yes they need cleaning
    Computer?
    You are going to give me a free computer? How lovely.
    There's a problem with my computer?
    Oh! I'd better get one so I can have a problem with it.
    etc etc. . .
    While I'm wasting their time,they're not annoying someone else.
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    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 19th May 18, 12:10 PM
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    This OP has a history of posting things about Barclays (see their other threads for more), so I wonder if this is their next thing?
    Originally posted by MothballsWallet
    You should see his posts on TSB as well, he thinks he will be getting loads of wonga.
    • Tallaght
    • By Tallaght 19th May 18, 4:31 PM
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    The phone number goes back a few years when it was running a romance scam.
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