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# 210268 20-Mar-2017 13:16
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PSA

 

 

 

just got a call from an unrecognised number to my 021 number, answered , and the line disconnected. Googled the number and traced the country code '960' to the maldives.

 

 

 

This apparently is a scam where they charge you extortionate $ for calling back the missed call. (Not that I would have anyway)

 

 

 

I imagine we are all fairly savvy tech folk here, but thought to alert others.


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  # 1744522 20-Mar-2017 14:00
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I have been getting these types of calls for a while. My provider is also vodafone.Pity the telco can't block it at a network level. We really need 'human testing' on all callign NZ, like they do in other countries, to block these automated scam calls, as they are costing NZers a lot of money


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  # 1744523 20-Mar-2017 14:01
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We got one from an aussie number last week, after answering there was like a 5 second delay while the connection gets established. 

 

Then, the little indian man on the line proceeded to tell me my name and email (like that means anything) and that I owed them money for some indeterminable service I had apparently purchased. But I could hardly understand the little creep. Surely if you are going to defraud people you should at least speak their language well enough to communicate. 

 

I reckon that they got our details from some competition we entered at a home show . 

 

 

 

 

 

We also get quite a few calls from overseas fx platform hawkers. 

 

I wonder how to block all incoming international numbers. 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1744528 20-Mar-2017 14:09
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When I call numbers in the UK now, I have to enter a code, like a capcha code to make sure I am not an automated caller. Why can't NZ telcos do this?

 

If millions of dollars are being scammed from kiwis, this simple thing potentially could save New Zealand millions.


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  # 1748674 27-Mar-2017 13:19
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Yes I have been getting these over the last Month or two also. They 'Originate' from all over the show: Maldives, Coroatia, England, El Salvador... the list goes on.

 

i'm on 2degress, but with a ported Vodafone number.


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  # 1753172 2-Apr-2017 12:57
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Cheers for the heads up

 

Just received one from Chad

 

 


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  # 1753191 2-Apr-2017 14:00
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Just got one of these from a +8819 number, Globalstar satelitte it seems. 2D with Vodafone ported number.


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  # 1753192 2-Apr-2017 14:14
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I had a missed call from Chad (+235 90 97 64 17) earlier today.  I have to assume that is a scam as described above as I know no-one in Chad.

 

Spark with a Vodafone ported number


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  # 1753201 2-Apr-2017 14:52
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So when is this going to reach mainstream news? I haven't seen anything about it so far but it sounds like there are going to be a lot of (non-technical) people receiving ugly surprises with their phone bills.

 

 





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  # 1753279 2-Apr-2017 17:28
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I'd be very interested to know more details - in particular the caller ID, time and date if possible, your number if you're willing to give it, and nature and content of the call if there is indeed someone on the other end.  Please drop me a PM.

 

Thanks.


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  # 1753283 2-Apr-2017 17:42
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Duffuss: Cheers for the heads up

 

Just received one from Chad 

 

The first thing I thought of when I saw this:

 


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  # 1753305 2-Apr-2017 18:14
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Looks like Vodafone have confirmed what we're saying here:

 

 

 

 

 


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  # 1753363 2-Apr-2017 19:42
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Rikkitic:

 

So when is this going to reach mainstream news?

 

 

What? And use up valuable time that could be devoted to the latest the bachelor gossip? tongue-out


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# 1753365 2-Apr-2017 19:56
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Today my wife, myself and my father -all on Vodafone- have all received these calls today from a variety of 0088 and 00235 and similar numbers but all different.

 

Clearly something is up! Phone staying off this evening and tonight.

 

 


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