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Topic # 231804 14-Mar-2018 10:31
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I just got an interesting call from a 'foreign gentleman' saying he was from "Telstra, my internet supplier".

 

They need to up their game as Telstra/Clear disappeared from NZ books in 2012 tongue-out

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1976393 14-Mar-2018 10:47
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LOL.....  what number did they call from ?

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1976408 14-Mar-2018 11:03
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"They're onto us, quick, find another NZ Company to imitate.."

 

 

 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12000533 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1976429 14-Mar-2018 11:40
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We've had lots lately from:

 

062812866
062812867
062812869

 

most likely the whole range based on those numbers.

 

 


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  Reply # 1976446 14-Mar-2018 12:26
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I had "wangiri scam" call using an Estonian caller ID yesterday.

 

"Oh I wonder who that could be?"  At least the phone alerts me to the what country the callback number is from.  I'd post the full number - except I have a fear someone might read it and decide to call to amuse themselves - not realising the consequence.  Starts with +372, finished with 9526.

 

If you actually knew people living or travelling in Estonia though, that scam has to have a high success rate.  Presumably close to zero cost with autodialers set up to call random numbers and hang up after one ring, every return call generating revenue.

 

So what happens after you block the number and select the option to "report as spam"?

 

It's a jungle out there.




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  Reply # 1976450 14-Mar-2018 12:44
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     >LOL..... what number did they call from ?<

 

No idea, came over landline.

 

 


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  Reply # 1976454 14-Mar-2018 12:51
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And that's where the 2 often get confused. The helper scam appears to target landlines a broadband is likely tied to.

They wangiri target mobiles where CID display is basically a given and cost is higher.

However the trip up is often people think the failed auto dialler can be the wangiri as it displays similar. Dead air on answer or hangs up when call centre full.

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  Reply # 1976466 14-Mar-2018 13:15
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NZ ISPs / phone providers really need to implement caller captcha systems ASAP, to make sure the person calling is a real person, and not a autodialer bot. It is becoming standard practice overseas, like in the UK. It is similar to spam protection on email addresses. Must be costing the country millions in lost money from these scams. Do any NZ providers already do this?


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  Reply # 1978813 16-Mar-2018 17:41
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Another one today +213 prefix (Algeria).

 

Actually needed to look twice at that - first thinking "021" = local.


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  Reply # 1978819 16-Mar-2018 18:29
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Mistenfuru:

 

We've had lots lately from:

 

062812866
062812867
062812869

 

most likely the whole range based on those numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

That number range is handled by Vocus, let them know.

 

http://www.nad.org.nz/list/17/Industry

 

 


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Kiwifruta:

 

Mistenfuru:

 

We've had lots lately from:

 

062812866
062812867
062812869

 

most likely the whole range based on those numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

That number range is handled by Vocus, let them know.

 

http://www.nad.org.nz/list/17/Industry

 

 

 

 

Doesn't mean it's still with Vocus - it could easily be ported.

 

While Vocus owned companies were a common source of cheap SIP interconnects for these spammers, I've seen evidence to suggest Voyager are now wanting to compete strongly in that space.

 

 


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  Reply # 1978935 17-Mar-2018 07:58
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Fred99:

Another one today +213 prefix (Algeria).


Actually needed to look twice at that - first thinking "021" = local.


Yes my wife I have been getting +213 calls yesterday.. Just send them to voicemail.




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  Reply # 1978948 17-Mar-2018 09:19
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Hardly ever get any what I'd consider to be scam calls. We don't have caller ID on the land line (it's through the UFB connection now).

 

I don't use cellphones at all. I don't think my partner gets many scam calls, have to ask her however.


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