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Hoax Phone calls

bigwow

Tiger Champion
Jul 24, 2003
4,613
1,179
Melbourne
Is anyone else effected, seem to be getting more and more of these lately.
Just today, calls from 0433 392 718, claiming to be from Amazon, and 0407 438 189, about my telstra NBN connection, (which I don't have).
 
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Ridley

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Jul 21, 2003
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5,519
Is anyone else effected, seem to be getting more and more of these lately.
Just today, calls from 0433 392 718, claiming to be from Amazon, and 0407 438 189, about my telstra NBN connection, (which I don't have).
I have a very strict rule which helps with this. If I don't recognise the number or it is blocked I don't answer. If it is important they will leave a message.

Also, if I have time I will jump on a reverse phone number look up website. Reverse Australia is a good one. It will often show the pest numbers with comments from people who get calls from the same number. If I verify it is a pest number I then block the caller on my phone.
 
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Althom

Tiger Matchwinner
Jul 23, 2016
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Is anyone else effected, seem to be getting more and more of these lately.
Just today, calls from 0433 392 718, claiming to be from Amazon, and 0407 438 189, about my telstra NBN connection, (which I don't have).
Telstra have a home phone called a Call Guardian. You can set it so the phone answers incoming calls without ringing and requests people identify themselves. If they don't ID themselves the system hangs up on them. You can set numbers to come straight through bypassing the system i.e. family etc and you can block up to 1000 numbers.
We've gone from 5 or so pest calls a day to maybe 1 or 2 a week which I only find out when I check the call log once per week. Numbers that have called in and refused to ID themselves are simply added to the block list.
 
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bigwow

Tiger Champion
Jul 24, 2003
4,613
1,179
Melbourne
I have a very strict rule which helps with this. If I don't recognise the number or it is blocked I don't answer. If it is important they will leave a message.

Also, if I have time I will jump on a reverse phone number look up website. Reverse Australia is a good one. It will often show the pest numbers with comments from people who get calls from the same number. If I verify it is a pest number I then block the caller on my phone.
Yeah, I checked both these on a reverse directory, but no joy for either. Both these numbers are blocked on mobile.
Trouble is they change numbers pretty frequently.
 
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bigwow

Tiger Champion
Jul 24, 2003
4,613
1,179
Melbourne
Telstra have a home phone called a Call Guardian. You can set it so the phone answers incoming calls without ringing and requests people identify themselves. If they don't ID themselves the system hangs up on them. You can set numbers to come straight through bypassing the system i.e. family etc and you can block up to 1000 numbers.
We've gone from 5 or so pest calls a day to maybe 1 or 2 a week which I only find out when I check the call log once per week. Numbers that have called in and refused to ID themselves are simply added to the block list.
Both calls came through on mobile, which is supplied by my employer, lost home landline when internet switched to NBN.
 

Althom

Tiger Matchwinner
Jul 23, 2016
725
608
Both calls came through on mobile, which is supplied by my employer, lost home landline when internet switched to NBN.
More difficult then particularly when the mongrels keep changing numbers.
 
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Ridley

Tiger Legend
Jul 21, 2003
12,706
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Yeah, I checked both these on a reverse directory, but no joy for either. Both these numbers are blocked on mobile.
Trouble is they change numbers pretty frequently.
Yeah they do change numbers to try and get you. Just don't answer; works for me.

We gave up our home landline when we switched to NBN a year or so ago. The only calls we ever got on it were telemarketers and scammers, despite being on the no call register.
 
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aoc1974

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Mar 1, 2015
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Was getting heaps of calls for a couple of weeks up until last week, from various states in the US, in the middle of the nite which went to message bank and the msg and voice was the same, saying I needed to check my Uber account for some important information. ...
Don't have an Uber account. ... was going to contact them to complain or alert.... but I need to have an Uber account to do so!
 
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tigertim

something funny is written here
Mar 6, 2004
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If I answer and say “hello” and there’s a 2 or 3 second delay I instantly hang up. It’s a scam call from India or somewhere trying to sell me Viagra. Who told them I need it I have no idea...
 
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The Big Richo

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Aug 19, 2010
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The home of Dusty
Is anyone else effected, seem to be getting more and more of these lately.
Just today, calls from 0433 392 718, claiming to be from Amazon, and 0407 438 189, about my telstra NBN connection, (which I don't have).

I started getting a few from different numbers on my work mobile so I blocked one and then they all stopped.
 

willo

Tiger Legend
Oct 13, 2007
15,069
614
Broken Hill
If I answer and say “hello” and there’s a 2 or 3 second delay I instantly hang up. It’s a scam call from India or somewhere trying to sell me Viagra. Who told them I need it I have no idea...

If you happen to get a bulk order, I have a friend....
 
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Baloo

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Nov 8, 2005
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Sound interested and tell them to hang on a minute while you get to a quiet area. Then leave your phone somewhere, with the open line, and go back to doing what you were doing.

Keeps them on the line and wastes their time instead of yours.

Or have fun with them., I did give my one router's admin password once. d1ck43ad
 
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tigertim

something funny is written here
Mar 6, 2004
24,185
3,428
If I answer and say “hello” and there’s a 2 or 3 second delay I instantly hang up. It’s a scam call from India or somewhere trying to sell me Viagra. Who told them I need it I have no idea...
Ha, just got another one from 03 77589 3156 trying to sell me viagra. I laughed at him and said “you guys keep calling but I never buy” to which he called me “a stinking piece of *smile*” and an “Australian scum”.

So I put in an order for 500......
 
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