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  Reply # 2019344 20-May-2018 14:44
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Geoff Thorn from the New Zealand Telecommunications Forum is asking that, should you receive one of these calls, you should now report them to your Retail Service Provider.

 

 

 

 

I got a Chinese spam call from 09 554 5183 to my Skype virtual NZ number.

 

 

 

Who would I contact? Skype doesn't really care about it. :/


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  Reply # 2019409 20-May-2018 16:51
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Presumably that advice was made for customers of member telcos.

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  Reply # 2026535 31-May-2018 20:56
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  Reply # 2026557 31-May-2018 21:21
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I have been thinking about the callback scam. It should not be technically difficult to manufacture a little device that would answer the phone, wait a few seconds, then hang up (reset) if there is a disconnect at the other end. If not, the device would put the call through and alert you. A genuine caller will not usually be put off by a brief pause. They might say hello a couple times but by then the call would be put through. What do the experts here think of this idea?

 

 





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  Reply # 2026577 31-May-2018 22:50
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Rikkitic:

 

I have been thinking about the callback scam. It should not be technically difficult to manufacture a little device that would answer the phone, wait a few seconds, then hang up (reset) if there is a disconnect at the other end. If not, the device would put the call through and alert you. A genuine caller will not usually be put off by a brief pause. They might say hello a couple times but by then the call would be put through. What do the experts here think of this idea?

 

 

 

 

As there is no way to put a device between a phone and the network that it gets signal from, it would have to be an app on the phone. Apple are crazy about not letting things have access to call data and their recently added way that blocking apps work is somewhat absurd so would be limited to android only. There are already plenty of apps on android to deal with calls. I use truecaller which is pretty good at knocking out spam calls.

 

Telcos need to get their crap together with faked caller ID. Email mostly sorted it with SPF and domainkeys, but phones have nothing.





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  Reply # 2026664 1-Jun-2018 08:52
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Bit behind the ball

 

Reporters don't keep an eye on reports from GZ/us anymore? :)

 

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12062369 


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  Reply # 2036011 13-Jun-2018 15:57
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Holy crap...

 

Who from VF is watching and wants to take the full logs.. 4 in the space of 4mins. Can't delete the rejected VM fast enough before another comes in.

 

Google translate live on the VM and its the old. Please collect your items..

 

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  Reply # 2036035 13-Jun-2018 16:43
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Oblivian:

Holy crap...


Who from VF is watching and wants to take the full logs.. 4 in the space of 4mins. Can't delete the rejected VM fast enough before another comes in.


Google translate live on the VM and its the old. Please collect your items..


0031233440


0031236556


008131230276


008131231868



I got one from +31233120 today... apparently aggressive Chinese is the new language of the Netherlands 🙄




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  Reply # 2051271 8-Jul-2018 02:13
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The Wall Street Journal has two recent podcasts talking about this very issue.

 

     

  1. Is There Any End in Sight for Robocalls? 

     

       

    1. Start at 02:56
    2. Carrier verifying authenticity of call at 04:55 thanks to STIR/SHAKEN. (The solution: the STIR (Secure Telephone Identity Revisited) and SHAKEN (Signature-based Handling of Asserted information using toKENs) standards. The idea: make it so every phone has a certificate of authenticity attached to it — a kind of digital signature — that allows you to once again trust your caller ID)
    3. Options for the consumer at 06:25 (NumberRobo, Hiya)

     

  2. Too Many Spam Calls? These Apps Help Block Them  

     

       

    1. Nomorobo
    2. ? Trumpcall ?
    3. RoboKiller

     

 

 

 

I have not used any of these services and can't vouch for their effectiveness.

 

BTW, you might want to block +247 112166 (Ascension Island)


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  Reply # 2051272 8-Jul-2018 02:29
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We don't have caller ID. We've had four (I think) phone calls from scammers claiming to be from Windows support or Spark (Spark isn't even our frickin' ISP) in the last few months. At least they haven't phoned in the middle of the night.


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  Reply # 2053055 11-Jul-2018 07:03
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A device that is being trialled by the Commission for Financial Capability appears to be helping combat these calls.

 

https://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/105360600/callblocking-tech-brings-relief-to-nelson-couple-national-trial-planned

 

"... the couple trialled a call-blocking unit that has won British Government backing and their daily unwanted calls stopped immediately. Now, they're backing plans by the Commission for Financial Capability for a three-month national trial of 25 units."

 

Commission for Financial Capability fraud education manager Bronwyn Groot was put in touch with the couple via Victim Support and Age Concern.

 

"I thought: 'There's got to be something I can do'," Groot said. "To see them so stressed and so worried."

 

Groot personally bought three trueCall devices from Britain and gave one of the call-blocking units to the Dyers to trial.

 

The nuisance calls stopped immediately, much to the relief of the Dyers who initially thought the callers might have just moved on to other numbers. They hadn't. Hundreds of calls to the Dyers' number from all over the world including Turkey, Japan and Tunisia had been blocked during the two-month trial..."

 

 

 

Looks like the device they are using is from Truecall


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  Reply # 2053063 11-Jul-2018 07:27
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I don't understand the telephone system, but these calls must be originating from a few specific places.
Why isn't the world telling the originating telcos to put an end to it or be blocked?

Or is this all from hacked SIP accounts/devices?




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  Reply # 2054123 11-Jul-2018 09:48
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One thing I don't understand is why so many calls continuously? Is this just malicious? Surely there is no profit in this for the scammers? 

 

 





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  Reply # 2054130 11-Jul-2018 09:56
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Rikkitic:

One thing I don't understand is why so many calls continuously? Is this just malicious? Surely there is no profit in this for the scammers? 


 



Same reason clicking unsubscribe on email is a bad idea. Confirming a target means more chance one of the methods will be accepted by said target so try as many as possible.

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  Reply # 2054589 11-Jul-2018 20:59
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I've successfully had a few of these callers blocked through the online chat option https://help.vodafone.co.nz/app/chat/chat-ninja/ here.

 

Simply state that you received a spam/scam call, provide your first + last name, your mobile number, the offending caller and the time.  Job done.

 

First time I did this, "Ambrose" suggested I use this rather dodgy app:

 


Chat
Status: Connected
Ambrose (Responding)
Ambrose: Hi, my name is Ambrose.
Ambrose: Good afternoon! Welcome to Vodafone's Ninja Expert chat services. I will be glad to assist you.
: hi, i want to report a scam call i received ealier
Ambrose: Please do not worry.
Ambrose: Surely, I will help you to block all those numbers
Ambrose: Thanks for briefing me about your query. I assure you that I am committed to resolve your query in this first contact of yours.
Ambrose: Could you please share your mobile number?
: 021[removed]
Ambrose: Thank you for sharing your mobile number.
: so im reporting this as suggested by the nz telecommunications forum
Ambrose: Okay.
: which vodafone is a member of.
Ambrose: No worries!
Ambrose: Could you share with me those numbers and time you received call, so I can go ahead and make investigation on it and block those numbers.
: call came up on my phone as being from 027025[removed], time of 11:08am this morning
Ambrose: Alright, do you have any other numbers?
: just that one this morning
Ambrose: Okay. Thank you so much for this information.
Ambrose: Actually, most of NZ people are getting these scam calls. Recently there was a news published in NZ media about this and Vodafone is taking care of his customers and start blocking and investigating those scam calls.
: yes, im aware of the scam call prevention code
Ambrose: Could you please share your full name.
: [removed]
Ambrose: Thank you so much for share your name.
Ambrose: I have raise successfully investigation request for this number and also block this number as well.
Ambrose: Also, if possible your can also download a third party app like" True caller" or Phone app where you directly block the calls from your call log.
: ok, thank you
Ambrose: You're welcome!
Ambrose: Kindly let me know if I can be of any other help today.
: that is all


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