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Neil Lickfold14/06/2021 20:17:21
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We have been hit by phone scams. +67655 77017 , 82385, 94423, 94130 , 94701 , 93226,

They all come from the above area code, and the last 5 digits changes. The 1st 4 were in one day alone. They call, and then hang up quite quickly in the hope you will call them back. Then they make money by charging your account on the call back. I did answer one as I was right by the phone. The hung up of course immediately.

They do this to land lines and to cell phones.

Neil

Peter Greene15/06/2021 01:31:22
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Posted by Neil Lickfold on 14/06/2021 20:17:21:

They call, and then hang up quite quickly in the hope you will call them back.

Why would anyone do that? Call back to a number who's call was so unimportant they didn't leave a message.

DMB15/06/2021 09:20:12
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Easy 2 dodge, just answer the callers that u recognise;relatives,friends,club members and ignore the rest

John

John Haine15/06/2021 09:34:54
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+676 is the Tonga country code (using the mobile convention of a + for international access). Depending on the nature of the operator/system making the calls they may get a "termination charge" for delivering an incoming call to a given number, paid by the international operator carrying it and recharged with margin to the caller - i.e. you. Yet another unintended consequence of the way telecom systems work.

Tony Pratt 115/06/2021 09:56:11
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Posted by DMB on 15/06/2021 09:20:12:

Easy 2 dodge, just answer the callers that u recognise;relatives,friends,club members and ignore the rest

John

Not practical if you are locked into the 'new' NHS system, I get loads of calls from unknown numbers.

Tony

Samsaranda15/06/2021 11:08:00
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I regularly get calls from a number starting 0843, the last part of the number is always different every time it calls. It rings for about 3 rings then disconnects, this has been going on for about 18 months, first few times I answered but the call was disconnected, now I ignore any calls that start with 0843, the annoying part is because the number changes every time it calls it is not possible to block it, only calls on my mobile. I now ignore any calls on my landline and only use my mobile, deafness means I can’t hear on the landline only on my mobile, all those who need to know don’t use my landline only the mobile. Dave W

Peter Greene15/06/2021 16:16:39
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Posted by DMB on 15/06/2021 09:20:12:

Easy 2 dodge, just answer the callers that u recognise;relatives,friends,club members and ignore the rest

In my experience, those would all leave messages anyway. Still don't get it ...

Stuart Munro 115/06/2021 16:45:52
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Got a phone call from my medical insurance company the other day. He just wanted to ask a couple of questions and would I confirm some personal details so that he could confirm it was me.

Yeah, like I'd fall for that one. So he persisted and suggested that I call him back on the number he would give to me.

Yeah, I was born yesterday after all.

But I did call them, using the number in my files and behold; it was genuine. They wanted to know if I had any pending needs built up during lockdown, if not they would reduce my premiums. I didn't and they did!

Guess I've got so used to scams I see them every where - but surely an honest caller should not be asking me personal questions - that's for when I call them.

Stuart

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