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Topic # 225998 14-Dec-2017 18:57
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Hi 

 

I have a two degrees sim card

 

Started getting frequent cell phone calls. When I answer there is just no one there.

 

the numbers all start with +8520 then seven digits after that and they are all different.

 

I can black list the number on my phone but because the last 7 digits are different each time, they keep coming.

 

Anything I can do to get them stopped?

 

 

 

Thanks

 

Ford

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1919825 14-Dec-2017 20:06
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Just run of the mill Wangiri

 

 

 

 

Hong Kong

 

852

 

 

 

 

http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2017/04/wangiri-scammers-flood-kiwis-with-overnight-phone-calls.html 

 

 

 

Can you do much? nope. But the suggestion has always been if you don't expect it, don't answer it. As it confirms you are alive and whopeeee distribute number more

 

 


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  Reply # 1919848 14-Dec-2017 20:13
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In all the years I was with spark never had 1 of them. Port my number to 2degrees and within a week I started to get them :( now I get one or 2 every couple of weeks. Mine show up as a Japan number.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1919856 14-Dec-2017 20:38
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I get 1-2 calls both days from the UK calling scam numbers on both my Vodafone mobiles.

 

 




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  Reply # 1919865 14-Dec-2017 21:01
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Hi

 

I wondered that when I answered and no one was there, then I started to get a few more.

 

My phone does not have the capability to block the first four numbers.

 

I want to keep my phone number but is there another way block a country or does two degrees have the capability to do that.

 

Ford

 

 


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  Reply # 1919868 14-Dec-2017 21:14
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Had them on my vodafone phones today. 5 missed calls each from 099508428 and 048303389 on one sim (unanswered) - google shows those numbers as being financial scammers, and 099508854 on the other one which I answered and it was silent for a bit then some scammy call center sounding person that I told to go away.





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  Reply # 1919871 14-Dec-2017 21:16
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You never block a country does not work like that

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Edit: You block the provider routing the calls




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  Reply # 1919873 14-Dec-2017 21:17
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Linux: You never block a country does not work like that

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If they want this "phone" service they provide that I have no choice in having to remain relevent, they need to get this spam under control.





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  Reply # 1919880 14-Dec-2017 21:23
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Welcome to cheap as chips interconnect costs

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  Reply # 1919881 14-Dec-2017 21:25
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Was bad enough when real estate agents started equipping their cold calling minions with unlimited calling cellphones to call people to offer property apprasials but these foregn exchange scammers are just so damn annoying. I now just hang up if I dont get an immediate response to saying hello since legit places dont robodial and then connect you.





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  Reply # 1919919 14-Dec-2017 22:48
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richms:

 

Was bad enough when real estate agents started equipping their cold calling minions with unlimited calling cellphones to call people to offer property apprasials but these foregn exchange scammers are just so damn annoying. I now just hang up if I dont get an immediate response to saying hello since legit places dont robodial and then connect you.

 

 

If you say nothing at all it (the computer doing the dialing out) just hangs up, it's waiting for a response before switching you through to a scammer. If it's a genuine call the caller will start talking.

 

Many of them come through on our landline as "Private". We have family members who have blocked their number from being forwarded and they come up as Private, so we need to answer the call. I always just answer and say nothing and wait.





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  Reply # 1919927 14-Dec-2017 23:10
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Ford: ... I wondered that when I answered and no one was there, ...

 

I listened to this interesting podcast from NPR titled #789: Robocall Invasion, dated 18-Aug-2017. Initially, the calls started with silence and then later included random snippets of sound. Or you get a missed call & then dial the number. This all was geared to keep people on the line for longer. Somewhere along the line, the call was routed through a dodgy telco that could be used to make some money for the scammers.


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  Reply # 1919958 15-Dec-2017 06:56
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Unfortunately unlike some countries that we do block because the amount of legitimate traffic to and from them is in the single digits annually, +852 is Hong Kong assuming the number is even real, so we can't block that one. However our fraud people will be happy to look into it. We hate scams as much as anyone. If you PM me or @2degreesCare the details we can pass them on.





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  Reply # 1919963 15-Dec-2017 07:17
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Mine are coming from +81345789634

 

https://scamnumbers.info/shownumber/81345789634/

 

Google search shows this with the same number

 

https://www.onlineprnews.com/news/1006566-1511185444-nbr-trading-announces-the-appointment-of-dr-masayuki-tanaka.html


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  Reply # 1919967 15-Dec-2017 07:40
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Technofreak:
We have family members who have blocked their number from being forwarded and they come up as Private, so we need to answer the call. I always just answer and say nothing and wait.


You should educate them on unblocking their number when they call you. If they have a Spark landline you prefix the number you are calling with 0196. This will reveal caller ID for that phone call only. Other phone providers may have other codes.




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  Reply # 1919983 15-Dec-2017 08:18
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We have fx providers calling us fairly regularly ... they sometimes become quite aggressive when you interrupt and say you're not interested. 

 

Then, they get mad blaming us for signing up to a website to receive these services.   When we have never done this. 

 

We tell them to remove our number from their systems because there is no chance we will ever buy anything from them and it is a waste of everyones time,  but they never do. 

 

Spark just say too bad, we cannot help nor do we have any plans to do anything about it. 

 

I've put a night time call block on our phones , and bat off the daytime numbers. 

 

I wanted to write a call screening app, but IOS doesn't provide the ability (some rudimentary ability used by some apps but not good enough for me to be effective)


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