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  Reply # 1966455 1-Mar-2018 12:43
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I just phoned Vodafone and asked them to put a stop to it - they ask for a number of instances over a period of time. After a couple of days the amount increased to almost none.

I suspect that the people making the calls are modifying the sending number which makes it look like the call is coming from a different country, rather than they are making the call from those places.




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  Reply # 1966458 1-Mar-2018 12:55
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Mistenfuru:

 

Depending on how many legitimate calls you get you could always just block all international numbers?

 

 

Thought about it but have one rellie, a few friends and a few clients that are overseas so can't really get away with that. 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1966459 1-Mar-2018 12:56
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TwoSeven: I just phoned Vodafone and asked them to put a stop to it - they ask for a number of instances over a period of time. After a couple of days the amount increased to almost none.

I suspect that the people making the calls are modifying the sending number which makes it look like the call is coming from a different country, rather than they are making the call from those places.

 

Yeah I found the option on my phone to block numbers ... but the calling number does change...

 

 


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  Reply # 1966488 1-Mar-2018 13:37
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Question/Thread like this rears every few months with whackamole.

 

Some sort of breach and or valid number range has been figured out for the auto diallers. There was a large increase just after New years after calming down around Oct/Nov last year.

 

Of the multiple incidents at work with our original 6 digit range, it was I-Trader or similar cold calling for Bitcoin investment scams

 

Things to be aware of, CID usually Spoofed and increment each time. So although Canadian and UK numbers, probably north Africa or afar

 

And its not a NZ thing, its global https://www.boards.ie/ttfthread/2057726636/1 


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  Reply # 1966489 1-Mar-2018 13:40
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Ask them to setup a authentication on the number, so anyone dialing has to type in a number that is read out. That will prevent bot calls.


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  Reply # 1966524 1-Mar-2018 14:32
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  Reply # 1966530 1-Mar-2018 14:36
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Been there, done that.  Use the do not disturb feature on your phone BUT with exception of your existing phone contacts.  The phone doesn't even ring.

 

Not so good for commercial phones but worked for me.


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  Reply # 1966535 1-Mar-2018 14:41
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I just installed "Call App" on my Android, has some interesting features, but it does allow you to block international calls - either hangs up or makes the ring silent.

 

Also uses your social media to match up contacts etc.

 

And seems to have a database or something that looks up unknown numbers. I had a Spark call few days ago, thats now showing "Spark Collections", and then had a call from Courierpost and they came up as Courierpost (name of a CSR).

 

 





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  Reply # 1966538 1-Mar-2018 14:50
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I  was getting a few +44 number calls... no one on the other end when I picked up the phone...

 

Web search showed a block of +44 numbers were some form of DHL tracking...

 

Haven't ordered anything via DHL for a while and the +44 numbers have stopped for now...

 

Other scam calls I have blocked using my 2Talk account. Been all quiet for a while...





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  Reply # 1966542 1-Mar-2018 14:57
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I believe this scam doesn't actually have people at the other end. It relies on people thinking they missed a call, then calling back which allows some sort of connection charge to be credited to the scammer.

 

 


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  Reply # 1966593 1-Mar-2018 16:21
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kryptonjohn:

 

I believe this scam doesn't actually have people at the other end. It relies on people thinking they missed a call, then calling back which allows some sort of connection charge to be credited to the scammer.

 

 

 

 

That's a slightly different type - the Wangiri call.

 

Most of these incommings you can answer (and they will then continue to call you) and get a call centre back-connection to sell you investments hard


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  Reply # 1966594 1-Mar-2018 16:26
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Ah, all the ones I have got have been silent. Never been an actual person for me to abuse or wind up.

 

 


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  Reply # 1966608 1-Mar-2018 16:39
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Ah, all the ones I have got have been silent. Never been an actual person for me to abuse or wind up.

 

 

Could be either in reality. Wangiri traditionally is a 1 ring give up type. In the hope you see it as a missed/dropped needing ring back

 

It's hard to tell which is which. As the auto dialler/connect can do that. Be silent or listen for a voice to confirm live number before transferring to agent

 

However if the call centre is full taking the day-job calls they can't take too many scam ones so it will disconnect.

 

Boss got a +44, first one or 2 he didnt manage to answer given the stupid time, and then one he did. Got a speil and from <x investments> then on almost daily attempts




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  Reply # 1968179 5-Mar-2018 10:26
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I have got around it now by using the contact method.

 

I created a contact called 'Spam' and added each of the 44 numbers I have been hit with so far and blocked those numbers in the contact.

 

Bit of a pain but it has almost wiped out the calls (I have about 6 numbers saved in the contact).

 

 

 

I guess this will be OK until the next phone scam comes around....





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@DrDee Do you want to share those numbers so others can add them?

 

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