nuisance calls

nuisance calls

11 posts
13 Feb 2014
david_barns
Photographer
david_barns
Nuisance calls.

We are all now familiar with the call from someone pretending to be a subsidiary of Microsoft and telling us they are getting malicious signals from our computer but is this a new one?
Yesterday I received a call form a man with the usual Asian accent asking if I was receiving a lot of nuisance calls. As this was the case and I recently contacted the Telephone Preference line I gave him the benefit of the dought and went along with the conversation. After some sales talk telling me that the problem would be resolved He eventually asked for £79 and I would be sent a devise to plug into my phone line and all my problems would be solved. At this point I ended the call.
The call was from an 00120 number. Has anyone else received one of these calls?


Posted 13 Feb 2014
Dave@studio99
Photographer
Dave@studio99
All the time unfortunately - and these numbers beginning with 00 don't seem to be governed by the rules of the TPS,I had a row with one on the phone only last week,I told him I wasn't interested and that I wanted my details removing from their database "I'm afraid that's not possible sir" came the reply,so I dropped the phone,only to be called later by someone else from the same place,I repeated what I had said earlier about having my details removed,and was given an apology and an assurance that my details would be removed from their database..........So far,so good.


Posted 13 Feb 2014
stolenfaces
Photographer
stolenfaces
All the time unfortunately - and these numbers beginning with 00 don't seem to be governed by the rules of the TPS,I had a row with one on the phone only last week,I told him I wasn't interested and that I wanted my details removing from their database "I'm afraid that's not possible sir" came the reply,so I dropped the phone,only to be called later by someone else from the same place,I repeated what I had said earlier about having my details removed,and was given an apology and an assurance that my details would be removed from their database..........So far,so good.
Numbers beginning with 00 are from abroad, which is why they think they can ignore the TPS. If they are on behalf of a UK company you should report them. It is safe to assume that they at best disreputable and quite likely to be a scam.
Posted 13 Feb 2014
oceanova
Photographer
oceanova
I generally play with these people, talk to them, ask lots of questions then say I'll get my credit card and leave the phone on the side till they hang up, or my wife talks irish to them Strange though only about a dozen people have my landline, I would ignore international calls but I get calls from states or Ireland and my caller id just says external.

Posted 13 Feb 2014
Alan_Jay
Photographer
Alan_Jay
I invested in a BT6500 phone,  which has been excellent at reducing the number of nuisance calls.  Those that do get through, ie do not withhold their number and not international, I simply press a button and block them.  I reckon it's stopped at least 90%, based on the number I used to get.

Posted 13 Feb 2014
Funky
Photographer
Funky
Regarding the OP it was probably a scam.  BT however do do a phone (as mentioned above) which can reject anonomous calls, international calls, etc.  Regarding our Microsoft friends I told the last one i did not have a computer - I haven't had any more since!  For the other calls, when they ask for Mr xxxx, I play them along for a bit.  My father, who had the same surname, lived with us until recently until he died.  When I mention that Mr xxxx died two months ago, they are full of apologies and I have never had one ring back.  A friend of mine always pretends to be an answering machine when answering the phone.  A genuine caller knows this and identifies themself.  A scam caller soon rings off.

Posted 13 Feb 2014
Edited by Funky 13 Feb 2014
johnlp
Photographer
johnlp
It's normally a "Samantha" or "James", with an Indian accent. I tell them if they can't be truthful about their names I can't trust anything they say and put the phone down; or I string them along, depending how I feel.

Posted 21 Feb 2014
david_barns
Photographer
david_barns
Thanks every for your input. I will invest in a new phone.

Posted 21 Feb 2014
HowardJ
Photographer
HowardJ
Unfortunately my elderly Mum got harassed by these people and got taken for £300 and ended up in tears and lost all her confidence and refused to answer the phone for three months.

I reported the crime to the police and we recovered the money from the bank. I've now had her number changed and made her ex-directory. The police said they can't do anything to trace or stop these calls as they're done over the internet. The scammers use the BT online phone book to target particular postcodes at a time. You'll find that your neighbours will be receiving the calls too.

My advice is hang up and enjoy your life.

Posted 21 Feb 2014
JeromeRazoir
Photographer
JeromeRazoir
Alan_Jay

I invested in a BT6500 phone,  which has been excellent at reducing the number of nuisance calls.  Those that do get through, ie do not withhold their number and not international, I simply press a button and block them.  I reckon it's stopped at least 90%, based on the number I used to get.


I ask them if they have found Jesus and ask them to kneel down and pray with me. They usually hang up on me!
Posted 23 Feb 2014
brownnwhite
Photographer
brownnwhite
I find playing along for a while then giving my address as B wing, Wandsworth Scrubs gets a swift ending of call. Particularly with double glazing and insulation sellers.

Posted 24 Feb 2014
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