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Time to hang up on scammers?

By johnboy 22 March 2012 35

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The Fair Trading Commissioner, Brett Phillips, is offering advice on what to do with phone scams:

“Whereas the trend in recent years has been for scams delivered online, in 2011 over 50 per cent of scams reported to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission were perpetrated by phone.

“Canberra consumers, however, need to remain vigilant to scams delivered by any means and not engage from the outset.

“With scammers now targeting consumers in a myriad of ways, it is more important than ever to stay alert to scam approaches. A phone call, SMS, mobile app, house visit, letter, email, fax, blog post, online chat or dating service – scammers will use any of these means to target victims.

“The key message for consumers and businesses is, if you receive a scam, slam it, press delete, throw it out, shut the door or just hang up!” Said Mr Phillips.

Apaprently this is part of Fraud Week.

Now here’s a question readers, how do you spot it’s a scam?

What’s Your opinion?


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zllauh 8:31 pm 27 Sep 15

damn scammers. Any unknown entity talking irrelevant stuff, hang up !

poetix 3:58 pm 25 Mar 12

I know this isn’t an exact match for this thread, but it’s about fraud and I just had to share ‘Fiscal the Fraud Fighting Ferret’ who rivals that galah suit anti-drinking ad for superior achievement in the field of governmental incompetence in an animal based public service campaign.
http://www.theage.com.au/technology/security/police-to-cruise-streets-for-unsecured-wifi-20120322-1vmof.html
Scroll down to see Fiscal.

Baldy 12:17 pm 23 Mar 12

KaptnKaos said :

For “those” phone persons who constantly call (yes have placed our number on that useless don’t call list) – when they call, just put the phone down, then after half an hour or so, hang it up.

Also, receive by mobile and email (constantly since placing an ad on allclassifieds) gentlemen from africa who want paypal details. Also receive emails at home and work from those lonely eastern European women living in Liverpool who “look for man to relationship with” (their wording, not mine). Also won numerous Facebook, Nigerian, Italian etc lotteries. Don’t slam it or delete it, these are always a good laugh if you can string them along to a certain point, they get so angry when you fluff them around.

For ideas on how to scam the scammers well, check this site out: http://www.thescambaiter.com/

I am alsways amused at work when the work group email address has won millions of dollars/pounds from the lottery or a “friend” of the work group emil passes the address along to a lonly woman who is about to die and wants her millions to go towards helping charity by giving it to a stranger.

Baldy 11:55 am 23 Mar 12

Duffbowl said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

sometimes we get a weird call that when is answered, it is silent then a automated voice says good bye, anyone know what that one is?

I think this serves a couple of purposes:
– Confirms that a number is legitimate. Any verbal response triggers the automated voice. Not so sure about this, as the silence can go on for some time.
– Name trawling. How many people answer with the family name, such as “Duffbowl residence”? Your response is recorded and added to the little bits of information the scammers will use to make the next call seem a little more legitimate.

Purely speculation on my part.

I have heard that this is done so you call them back. Something to do with the cost of the phone call doesn’t count if the hang up and confirmation of your number. I have also heard that they can please that you called them nit the other way around.

Meanwhile here are some interesting websites
http://www.tipshelp.com/resources/telephone-scams/
http://www.scambusters.org/cellphone.html

KaptnKaos 11:55 am 23 Mar 12

For “those” phone persons who constantly call (yes have placed our number on that useless don’t call list) – when they call, just put the phone down, then after half an hour or so, hang it up.

Also, receive by mobile and email (constantly since placing an ad on allclassifieds) gentlemen from africa who want paypal details. Also receive emails at home and work from those lonely eastern European women living in Liverpool who “look for man to relationship with” (their wording, not mine). Also won numerous Facebook, Nigerian, Italian etc lotteries. Don’t slam it or delete it, these are always a good laugh if you can string them along to a certain point, they get so angry when you fluff them around.

For ideas on how to scam the scammers well, check this site out: http://www.thescambaiter.com/

poetix 11:33 am 23 Mar 12

Alderney said :

I don’t get any of these; I feel cut off off from the world and unloved.

Why doesn’t anyone want to scam me?

If you ring through your credit card details to 0110 111 1111 I’ll be happy to tell you why no-one is scamming you. SMS if you are shy.

Alderney 11:20 am 23 Mar 12

I don’t get any of these; I feel cut off off from the world and unloved.

Why doesn’t anyone want to scam me?

DarkLadyWolfMother 9:12 am 23 Mar 12

Jivrashia said :

Anyone know about this bloke who works on an oil rig and wants to send an agent to purchase cars/bikes/caravans/whatever off you?

The housemate had fun toying with that one for a while. Selling a couch for $300, and he wanted $500 in fees for his agent (who works out of the UK for some reason)
I think he eventually got annoyed and gave up.

Duffbowl 9:09 am 23 Mar 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

sometimes we get a weird call that when is answered, it is silent then a automated voice says good bye, anyone know what that one is?

I think this serves a couple of purposes:
– Confirms that a number is legitimate. Any verbal response triggers the automated voice. Not so sure about this, as the silence can go on for some time.
– Name trawling. How many people answer with the family name, such as “Duffbowl residence”? Your response is recorded and added to the little bits of information the scammers will use to make the next call seem a little more legitimate.

Purely speculation on my part.

stonedwookie 9:06 am 23 Mar 12

@comic yeh ive had the goodbye call it is weird and freaky anyone esle had it?

ramblingted 8:45 am 23 Mar 12

jonquil14 said :

Jivrashia said :

Anyone know about this bloke who works on an oil rig and wants to send an agent to purchase cars/bikes/caravans/whatever off you?

Yep, I’ve seen this on except he’s in the Army on a posting.

He wanted to buy my granite outdoor setting! Didn’t even want to come look at it first…would have been nice sitting out with an ocean view..

ThatUniStudent 7:03 am 23 Mar 12

Here’s a local dealing with a Department of Windows call….
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZ1wSabP9kM&list=UUYzMCXtXCf6eXpm5X76Ftyg&index=4&feature=plcp

Funny as.

The cat did it 11:51 pm 22 Mar 12

String them along for as long as you feel like, so it cuts down their productivity. Ask them lots of questions , sound very grateful for bringing this terrible situation to your attention, and appear clueless, until the time you say ‘I can’t find that Start button, but I’ve got this small picture of an apple in the top corner of the screen …’

spiderinsider 9:47 pm 22 Mar 12

The last time one called, Mr Spider proceeded to talk to them on the premise that they were operating a windows cleaning service. (‘Yes, our windows are dirty. When can you come around and clean them? etc). Worked like a charm.

PrinceOfAles 9:47 pm 22 Mar 12

jonquil14 said :

Jivrashia said :

Anyone know about this bloke who works on an oil rig and wants to send an agent to purchase cars/bikes/caravans/whatever off you?

Yep, I’ve seen this on except he’s in the Army on a posting.

When selling a car about 3 years ago I had a guy saying he was a ships captain. He wanted ALL my paypal login details so he could send me some money. I politely told him to go and amuse himself elsewhere.

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