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Who is 01300367890?

, posted: 4-May-2010 19:50

For several nights (around this time, 7:30pmish) we've received a call from 01300367890.

Sometimes when we say "Hello?" we get an automated voice a couple of seconds later saying "Goodbye" and other times just a hangup.

Any ideas what the number is? Tried googling it and found the number range on some UK phone spam site, but no solid information other than that.

Would like to know who it is - then maybe a few phone calls to them would be warranted (but what I'd say to them would have to be censored).

Nigel H.

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Comment by Regs, on 4-May-2010 20:13

probably one of two things:

1) autodialler looking to hack your PBX (if you have one)

or, probably the likely reason,

2) some telemarketing agency autodialler calling you then hanging up because the call center staff havent finished their current calls and they dialled you prematurely


in a call center you can configure something called an autodialler.  the good ones are 'predictive' autodiallers which continually calculate the length of a call and try and predict when to dial a number so that the call center rep (battery hen) can be presented with a new call as soon as they complete their existing call.  As long as calls last the estimated time, the system works nicely.  If you suddenly have a call that lasts longer than normal (e.g someone is actually interested and asks for more info ;) the the predictive algorithm craps itself and the system keeps dialling and hanging up calls because there is no free rep to connect the dialled number to.  The reason you get a few hangups one night, then none till the next night is because they would set a maximum redial on your number and then reset it the next day.

if you're worried that its option (1) occuring, call your telco and log the call as a nuisance and try and get it blocked.  if you have a PBX, put in a rule to not answer calls from that number.


Comment by Cody Cooper, on 4-May-2010 20:47

Wouldn't suggest ringing it, looks to be an international number.

United States I think.


Comment by sbiddle, on 4-May-2010 21:04

1300 367890 in Australia belongs to the Bankers Service Line. Do I win a prize?

It will be some dodgy telemarketer spoofing their CID, unfortunately with the number of dodgy VoIP providers starting up whyo are terminating calls in NZ we're going to see a lot more of this.


Comment by crazed, on 5-May-2010 09:34

Its looks to be a similar number to those used by the idiots that use Skype to scam people out of money by phone .


Comment by Linuxluver, on 5-May-2010 11:13

Don't phone them! 

You may find you pay $50 / minute (or a lot more) for the privilege.


Comment by n4, on 5-May-2010 17:32

I think its a scam - they're hoping you'll call back and they will get the termination revenue from the return call. Or try to sell you something...


Comment by kruza, on 5-May-2010 17:40

Hey Nigel,

I have been getting the same thing happen to me at home, maybe 1 every week or so and colleagues have also mentioned they are getting the same calls.

We have a Cisco Call Manager at work with Unity and had a warning last year about hackers trying to take advantage of a security hole in Unity. This hole allowed the called to use the system to forward calls to International numbers.

Maybe they are targetting something like this?

Regards,
Dan.


Comment by kruza, on 5-May-2010 17:40

Hey Nigel,

I have been getting the same thing happen to me at home, maybe 1 every week or so and colleagues have also mentioned they are getting the same calls.

We have a Cisco Call Manager at work with Unity and had a warning last year about hackers trying to take advantage of a security hole in Unity. This hole allowed the called to use the system to forward calls to International numbers.

Maybe they are targetting something like this?

Regards,
Dan.


Comment by Donglob, on 6-May-2010 14:41

Hi Nigel, it's a robo-dialer. Phone spammers use them for confirming active random numbers. Your propably gonna get more calls. If you using a BackBerry or Android phone download NumberCop Australia - http://www.numbercop.com its a spam call blocker which blocks this and many other phone spam numbers. Don


Comment by murray29, on 7-May-2010 19:11

Forwarding the calls to other numbers used to be  called blueboxing.
Ahhh... those were the days....
Probably wouldn't work nowdays. but basically you dialled a number you knew no one would answer, i.e. a business closed for the day, send some tones from the box, (oddly enough it was black) get a new dial tone, dial another and so on and so on.
Impossible to get caught back then, unless the milkman sees you every morning in the payphone down the street at some un-godly hour and decides to ring the network operator, who has you busted then employs you some months later to work on security. poor foolish misguided souls they were.


Comment by Mike, on 10-May-2010 23:09

The call I received from this number was a telemarketer with a distinctly Indian ascent offering a holiday for $180. Needless to say, I turned down the offer. So whether the call came from Aussie or the sub continent or not, I am not sure, but it certainly sounded like it came a long way.  They were very persistent though and kept making the calls until someone answered.

Solution is simple with Asterisk, just dump them into the bin!

Cheers Mike


Comment by Mike, on 11-May-2010 23:42

The call I received from this number was a telemarketer with a distinctly Indian ascent offering a holiday for $180. Needless to say, I turned down the offer. So whether the call came from Aussie or the sub continent or not, I am not sure, but it certainly sounded like it came a long way.  They were very persistent though and kept making the calls until someone answered.

Solution is simple with Asterisk, just dump them into the bin!

Cheers Mike


Comment by Anne, on 17-May-2010 21:04

Hi there

I just had them call me tonight. An "Indian" lady asked for me by the title Mrs [Name]. I said yes (even though I'm not Mrs [whoever]). She offered me seven nights across Australia and New Zealand for $129.00. I said "great, I'll take it"! She got a little confused with that and said "let me explain to you Mrs [Name] the package". I said "no, don't bother, I'll take it, who do I pay?". She was more confused and said "Mrs [Name], I don't think you understand, let me explain the package". I said, "No, it's OK I understand, seven nights across New
Zealand and Australia, all flights and accommodation paid for for the price of $129. I'll just take it - no need to explain, just tell me who to pay for this seven day holiday for just $129". The conversation continued in the same vain and in the end she said "Mrs [Name], I don't think you understand. Goodbye" and she hung up. Damn, no holiday for $129! Have FUN


Comment by Julie, on 24-May-2010 21:46

Hi

Yes we have been getting the exact same calls.
I pick up phone say hello, then silence for 3 secs, then and automated woman's voice saying "goodbye" We've had at least three in the past week. We've also had a couple where the caller just hangs up with no automated voice this week as well.

At least we know now that others are getting the exact same calls


Comment by Scott, on 2-Jun-2010 22:13


" THIS IS A SCAM "

Just received a call from this same international number tonight, hence I have searched the net and came across this discussion thread.

1) When calling, they asked for the householder by surname, which suggests they have randomly looked up a phone listing/register somewhere.

2) The caller (with an asian accent - perhaps Singapore/Milan or similar), gave his name as Brandon Wright and advised he was calling on behalf of "Vacations4u", based in Australia.

3) To provide credibility for their company, he gave their physical location as: 17 Orana Plce, Parkinson, Qld 4115, Australia.

Note: Google Maps shows Orana Plce, Parkinson Qld 4115....as a residential street, not a business district (see for yourself).

4) He offered 7 x Single night accommodation vouchers (can be used at various locations across Australia and/or NZ), for the total price of AU$129. Vouchers are valid for 4 years.

5) If you express interest at this stage, you will then be passed onto another person who will discuss the payment options and obtain your credit card details.

So, above is the process they will follow....

My Recommendations (if you haven't already hung up on them by now):

While you are on the phone with them, ask for the details of some "local" (not overseas) participating hotels, motels etc. Then, while you have the caller on the phone, advise them you wish to contact the motels (you can make the call on your cellphone while they wait), to validate this offer. Recommend you also look up the motel/hotel on the net, to confirm you've been given legitimate phone numbers.

If the accommodation provider "IS" legitimate and "VALIDATES" the offer, then all good.

However, chances are that these accommodation outlets will advise you it is a scam.

REMEMBER: Do not give out your credit card details.


Comment by Scott, on 2-Jun-2010 22:18


" THIS IS A SCAM "

Just received a call from this same international number tonight, hence I have searched the net and came across this discussion thread.

1) When calling, they asked for the householder by surname, which suggests they have randomly looked up a phone listing/register somewhere.

2) The caller (with an asian accent - perhaps Singapore/Milan or similar), gave his name as Brandon Wright and advised he was calling on behalf of "Vacations4u", based in Australia.

3) To provide credibility for their company, he gave their physical location as: 17 Orana Plce, Parkinson, Qld 4115, Australia.

Note: Google Maps shows Orana Plce, Parkinson Qld 4115....as a residential street, not a business district (see for yourself).

4) He offered 7 x Single night accommodation vouchers (can be used at various locations across Australia and/or NZ), for the total price of AU$129. Vouchers are valid for 4 years.

5) If you express interest at this stage, you will then be passed onto another person who will discuss the payment options and obtain your credit card details.

So, above is the process they will follow....

My Recommendations (if you haven't already hung up on them by now):

While you are on the phone with them, ask for the details of some "local" (not overseas) participating hotels, motels etc. Then, while you have the caller on the phone, advise them you wish to contact the motels (you can make the call on your cellphone while they wait), to validate this offer. Recommend you also look up the motel/hotel on the net, to confirm you've been given legitimate phone numbers.

If the accommodation provider "IS" legitimate and "VALIDATES" the offer, then all good.

However, chances are that these accommodation outlets will advise you it is a scam.

REMEMBER: Do not give out your credit card details.


Author's note by 3g, on 10-Jun-2010 18:40

Come on Telecom - why not block them (or shoot them - I don't mind which). They seem to be causing enough people problems.

Nigel H.


Author's note by 3g, on 22-Jun-2010 19:00

Got a similar phone call tonight and this time got the old "$129 for 7 nights" offer.

So I did the old "Wow! Really?!?! Sounds great. Give me your phone number and I'll call you right back!".

I then got "But I haven't explained the package" from the lady.

So I said "Absolutely no need. The deal sounds great. Now just give me your number and I'll call you back to buy it".

Funnily enough she then hung up on me 8-).


Comment by dan, on 9-Jul-2010 16:55

hi. i just received a call from 01300367890.
picked up and said hello, and they just hung up on me. was trying to google the number and found this site. i had those stupid people ringing last year trying to offer me a cheap holiday, thats why i got caller id. what is wrong with these people. telecom should do something about this and ban these numbers from annoying us.


Comment by dan, on 10-Jul-2010 13:12

Well guys it is the 7nights for $129 people. Shortly after my last post they rang again. Said my name number and address had been selected. When i asked her why she asked for the house owner and not my name she got flustered, so i asked her what my name is, she did not know how to answer my question, so i told her that i am not interested in their scam and to remove my number from their call list or i would contact the tele-comunacations people and have them investagated. lol hopfully they will leave me alone now, and yes i might of made some stuff up and told a little white lie, but if it gets them to leave me alone i will be happy.


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My job involves working with a variety of mainly Pocket PC or Windows CE devices, setting up GPRS connections over cable and/or Bluetooth. Setting up of these connections is either done programatically (in code) or manually (when all else fails).

Through this work (which sometimes involves visiting other parts of the world), I've come up with, err, I'd hate to call it a "wealth of information", but let's just say that I've struck enough problems over the last few years that I'm sure that SOMEBODY out there might benefit from some of the tips that I'll be putting up.

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