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parkdale

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Yet another scam call
« on: August 26, 2017, 10:15:35 AM »

Chap rings me up this morning (lots of noisy background like in a call centre + Indian accent), to tell me that they will be working on the phone lines and that my internet connection will be going down.
Me Ok I said, how will it affect me?.
Him BT are offering a free alternative connection to the internet as compensation.
               This is being offered to all BT line users in your area.
Me mmm I said.
Him Can you go to your computer to change your IP address.
Me I don't need to, i've got a 4g backup connection, (mobile phone)
Him puts phone down ;)

Oldest scam new twist..... :D
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Re: Yet another scam call
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2017, 08:12:33 PM »

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Him Can you go to your computer to change your IP address.

Not heard of that one before... 
No doubt at which point the majority of people wouldn't have a clue, so they will probably get them to install something like Team Viewer and proceed to take over the PC and drop something nasty :/

Like you say, new twist on an old scam  :no:
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Re: Yet another scam call
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2017, 10:26:52 PM »

It was either last Wednesday or Thursday the telephone made its electronic noise to indicate an incoming call. I answered that call in my normal way. There was total silence, a click, background "yibber-yabber" noises and a male Asian voice started the spiel . . .

MAV: "My name is Michael and I am calling you from the telephone management service."
Grump Cat: "Don't be silly, your name is not Michael and there is no such entity as 'the telephone management service'. Good bye."
Grump Cat: <More forcefully, stressing each syllable.> "I said 'Good bye'".

The was a click and the background noise ceased. On checking the spoof "last number called" it began with 001284 . . . For those who don't recognise it, the code for EABSE is 01284.  ::)

(I really ought to put together some sort of gubbins to send a 400 Hz tone, at +10 dBm, to the circuit when such calls are received.)
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Re: Yet another scam call
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2017, 11:15:36 PM »

Not with
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EABSE is 01284
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Re: Yet another scam call
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2017, 11:22:46 PM »

In this particular usage case EABSE translates as "East Anglia Bury St Edmunds" and 01284 is the code for that exchange.  :)

And "The Cattery" is located in Bury St Edmunds.
« Last Edit: August 27, 2017, 12:39:01 AM by burakkucat »
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Re: Yet another scam call
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2017, 11:39:04 PM »

A week or two ago, I had an annoying loss of all internet for about an hour one evening.  It was particularly  annoying, as I was watching on online movie that I'd paid for.   But when I checked online at zen, that outage had actually been scheduled as planned maintenance affecting my area code.   

Interestingly though, over the next few days, I had a big flurry of scam calls 'regarding my connection'.   I am betting the scammers are clever enough to know that if they monitor the planned maintenance schedules, and target these area codes soon afterwards, they might find more suckers. :(
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Re: Yet another scam call
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2017, 12:42:46 AM »

I am betting the scammers are clever enough to know that if they monitor the planned maintenance schedules, and target these area codes soon afterwards, they might find more suckers. :(

Now that you have mentioned it, I see the logic behind their actions.  :-X
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Re: Yet another scam call
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2017, 11:10:04 AM »

(I really ought to put together some sort of gubbins to send a 400 Hz tone, at +10 dBm, to the circuit when such calls are received.)

Far too considerate.
Something around 1600 to 2K would be more annoying.   ;)
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Re: Yet another scam call
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2017, 01:39:23 PM »

Perhaps something made in Cuba? >:D
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