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Topic # 84717 6-Jun-2011 19:06
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Im assuming its the scammers as work again, as we are receiving ghost calls about every three days or so between the hours of 5pm - 7pm approx.  The call is answered and there no one there, I shouted down the line and nothingm, left it on speakerphone and call was disconnected after about 20 seconds.

Im assuming its similar to this scam:
http://money-watch.co.uk/6504/076-phone-number-scam


Also had the pc fix scammers call the other day, I palyed dumb and took them on a ride for good half hour or so.

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  Reply # 478314 6-Jun-2011 20:08
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Its probably the pc fix scammers.
I gather with many of those unsolicited calls (including market research and polls), that they basically have a call centre and a computer. The computer dials the number as it thinks the next operator is ready for a call, but sometimes theoperator gets delayed (maybe they have to go and have a wee).

Anyway, sometimes if you wait long enough a person appears at the other end - but generally, when we get these calls the best thing to do is hang up quick.




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  Reply # 478317 6-Jun-2011 20:18
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There isn't much you can do.

I haven't had my phone number listed in the phone book for 10+ years and see no point in it. It doesn't deliver me any benefits, but delivers telemarketers plenty.

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  Reply # 478328 6-Jun-2011 20:32
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This is also happening to us, and was happening to my friends until they moved and changed their number. We had all previously been called by the PC fix scammers and told them where to go before the 'ghost' calls began.

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  Reply # 478353 6-Jun-2011 21:33
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sbiddle: There isn't much you can do.

I haven't had my phone number listed in the phone book for 10+ years and see no point in it. It doesn't deliver me any benefits, but delivers telemarketers plenty.


We have a saying at work, 90% of private non-listed numbers are used by criminals. You and I are in the other 10%, trying to avoid the dam telemarketers.

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  Reply # 478359 6-Jun-2011 21:52
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kingjj:
sbiddle: There isn't much you can do.

I haven't had my phone number listed in the phone book for 10+ years and see no point in it. It doesn't deliver me any benefits, but delivers telemarketers plenty.


We have a saying at work, 90% of private non-listed numbers are used by criminals. You and I are in the other 10%, trying to avoid the dam telemarketers.


It's not that I'm unlisted by choice - I've been 100% VoIP since 2004 and and getting a listing with that wasn't an option in 2004!

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  Reply # 478428 7-Jun-2011 08:26
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Just love my VoIP standard features. The main one being "Anonymous Call Rejection" which works a treat in filtering out the spammers. However still got two calls last week from the fix your computer brigade, one from 91863 and 098810056. 

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