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John Privett13/10/2020 20:30:33
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Posted by iflylilplanes on 13/10/2020 03:46:20:

Watch out for the phone call scams as well, here in OZ it's calls, about a car accident you had or ...

Those ones are common here too. It's always a very similar wording that they seem to use, they've got information about "an accident you were involved in that wasn't your fault". And they want you to confirm that and tell them when it was.

Depending how busy I am I might string them along for a short while. I might say, "Oh no... that sounds dreadful! Really, when was it?" And of course their script depends on you giving them answers to their questions, not asking you own questions. So they then tend to start repeating themselves and then hang up.

With the most recent one, the Smart Call app on my phone had flagged the call as "potential fraud." I told them this and asked why that might be. For some strange reason they hung up. How rude of them! teeth 2

Edited By John Privett on 13/10/2020 20:31:05

Martin Dance 113/10/2020 20:54:20
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My response to the 'non fault accident you were involved in' is to agree with them but then say unfortunately the amnesia I suffered following the accident means I can't remember any details, you obviously have them just send me the cheque. They always hang up.

I recently discovered another way to really annoy the 'market research' type caller. They obviously have your name, address and phone number which I confirm they then ask your age or age group which I refuse point blank to answer. They reiterate the question several times getting increasingly annoyed then they hang up. Try it it's good fun!

Alex Ferguson 214/10/2020 09:21:28
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I might have previously mentioned it. A call from Inland Revenue Dept (tax) from an India. I asked for his name and rang off. I then rang IRD and told the girl who answered what had happened. She laughed and said it actually was OK and she'd deal with it for me. She knew why I'd called them and understood why I was suspicious.

Otherwise, bank wanting you to press the Windows key and "R", obviously wanting into my computer. Unfortunately for them, running Linux it doesn't do any thing. The best way of dealing with it is carrying on eating dinner, watching TV or what ever and not going near a computer. The longer you hold them up the fewer other people they can bother.

And no, not a continuous conversation and not in the same room as the computer, "I'll have to go and boot the computer." which you don't do and a few minutes later "Oh, it has crashed again." five minutes later "What do you want me to do?" "OK, now what?" "Errors? A couple of pages of them. Why?" ... "Oops, it's crashed again." Five minutes later, "Oh, he's hung up !!!"

Bob Cotsford14/10/2020 10:47:44
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I like the accident phone calls, I get a perverse amusement by seeing what level of injury I can get them to go along with.

The latest scam seems to be via SMS text where they try to get you to sign onto a website in order to claim tax rebates or pay overdue taxes.

Brian Hammond14/10/2020 11:17:53
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I tell them I was run over by a bus and it crushed my leg which is true but they get quite annoyed when I tell them it was in 1940

John Privett14/10/2020 21:37:43
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Posted by Martin Dance 1 on 13/10/2020 20:54:20:

My response to the 'non fault accident you were involved in' is to agree with them but then say unfortunately the amnesia I suffered following the accident means I can't remember any details,

Oh yes, I tried a version of that when one rang me at work earlier this year. Back when we used to go to the office every day rather than working from home - anyone remember life that long ago?

Every question they asked, I apologised and said I couldn't remember the details because I had memory problems after being injured in an accident that wasn't my fault.

After the initial questions I then asked them, "Sorry, what was it you said you were calling about?" Oddly they hung up...

A new colleague who overheard me was quite concerned - he wasn't sure if I was being serious or not! teeth 2

cymaz14/10/2020 22:16:26
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Nice one John, I’ll remember.....errrr

Eric Robson15/10/2020 10:26:15
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I've had 3 calls in the last 2 days supposedly from B.T. all with a very Asian accent and English names. The first one said good morning my name is Jack ,how are you today? I replied I'm alright Jack and put the Phone down. Some time later Dave asked the same question. I just hung up Third one was John I suspect it was Jack, on asking how I was I started rambling on about the weather and moaning about not being able to go flying because of the rain, cutting him off when he tried to talk, he gave up before me.

Edited By Eric Robson on 15/10/2020 10:27:48

FlyinFlynn15/10/2020 11:01:37
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"I'm alright Jack" and hang up .....I love it. shame the comedy of it would have been lost on the caller though........

SIMON CRAGG30/10/2020 21:35:28
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UPDATE.

I completed an "ACTION FRAUD" report on line exactly a month ago. I was informed they would respond within 28 days. What has happened?.....................nothing.

Decided yesterday to take the first steps to reclaim the money via a small claims action.

Registered / tracked letter sent yesterday.

Result?

Money paid back in full today.

Say no more!.

J D 830/10/2020 21:50:32
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I had one of them calls from Brian in India the other day. I answered in welsh, his reply was very, very rude,disgust but his english was rather good !

Martin Harris30/10/2020 21:55:33
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If I stop posting suddenly it will because I had the temerity not to press 1 on my mobile phone to speak to the Inland Revenue about the tax fraud I'm implicated in. I understand that a warrant for my arrest is to be issued immediately.

nerd

cymaz31/10/2020 07:37:01
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Am I really that stupid.....never owned an electric carfist

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Peter Miller31/10/2020 09:04:49
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Posted by J D 8 on 30/10/2020 21:50:32:

I had one of them calls from Brian in India the other day. I answered in welsh, his reply was very, very rude,disgust but his english was rather good !

For some reason they don't like being answered in Spanish either. Pity! Because I can be very rude in Spanish too.

Alan Hilton31/10/2020 09:16:37
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There is also an Amazon scam about .You get an automated call saying you have been charged £79 for a subscription to prime ,please press 1 if this is incorrect . Apparently the customer services person you get through to asks you to download software to your pc to correct the problem .This gives the bu####s access to all your info

Alan

Doc Marten31/10/2020 09:38:44
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Posted by cymaz on 31/10/2020 07:37:01:

Am I really that stupid.....never owned an electric carfist

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The address on that should raise suspicions even if you did own one.

It's all about playing the odds with these parasites, they carpet bomb the 'net in the knowledge that at least one will hit the target and that makes if worthwhile for them.

cymaz31/10/2020 09:40:44
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Posted by Doc Marten on 31/10/2020 09:38:44:
Posted by cymaz on 31/10/2020 07:37:01:

Am I really that stupid.....never owned an electric carfist

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The address on that should raise suspicions even if you did own one.

It's all about playing the odds with these parasites, they carpet bomb the 'net in the knowledge that at least one will hit the target and that makes if worthwhile for them.

As long as it’s not me or any one I’m acquainted with

Doc Marten31/10/2020 09:43:27
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Posted by cymaz on 31/10/2020 09:40:44:

As long as it’s not me or any one I’m acquainted with

Whilst they are successful they will continue and one day it could well be one, the other or both.

cymaz31/10/2020 09:43:43
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I will copy this here from a locked thread, in case anyone missed it...............

 

Just had one call me up this evening. “ I’m ringing you up about the car accident you had this week”.

” Really?”

“Yes, it wasn’t you fault”.

”Oh, I’ve had several this week , all my fault”

”All your fault?”

“Of course, I was drunk driving on all of them”

”But what about your licence? “

” I don’t have a licence “..........At which point he gave up.

Edited By cymaz on 31/10/2020 09:44:33

Cuban831/10/2020 09:54:19
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I had an email from my insurer a couple of weeks ago saying that I'd been involved in an accident and it was being claimed it was my fault. Obviously a scam, so I phoned the insurer on a number that I knew to be good and shock of shocks, the email was genuine. Total rubbish of course, more than likely a case of someone writing down the wrong registration number at an incident and embroiling me in something that I have absolutely nothing to do with.

Just what I don't need at this time.

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