Telephone Scammers.

Started by Techno, 13 June 2019, 03:13:09 PM

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Techno

My good colleagues, on the forum.

Can't say why this particularly has 'struck me today'.

Almost certainly after the 4th call today from a call centre in India, or Pakistan....Where I managed to confine myself to just saying 'Fekk Off''....I have to admit, to my absolute shame, that I was SO close to making a truly horrible racist comment, in calling 'Christine', a **** C**t.

As we have friends all over this planet.......

Do our friends (to whom English is NOT their first language) around the world, get as many 'scam' calls ?

Or is it just 'English' speaking countries that get bombarded with this 'poop'.

Cheers - Phil

Leman

I got one that started, "Hello, my name is David."

I replied, "Not with that accent it's not!"
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Quote from: Leman on 13 June 2019, 03:33:20 PM
I got one that started, "Hello, my name is David."

I replied, "Not with that accent it's not!"

Unless they are Indian Christians, then again if they were Christians they wouldn't be scamming...
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I deal with a number of companies in Asia (China, Thailand, India, Vietnam etc) pretty much all the contacts have anglicised names.

One poor girl from a Thai company (hugely complicated names) had her handle reduced to 'Porn'. A bit off-putting when you commence an email 'Dear Porn' (took 2 years for them to change it)
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I used to have a member of bar staff in Manchester who was called Xiao Han, but when she'd first started school the teacher refused to attempt it and called her Mandy instead.  The name stuck and she continued using it. 
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Quote from: Leon on 13 June 2019, 04:49:18 PM
I used to have a member of bar staff in Manchester who was called Xiao Han, but when she'd first started school the teacher refused to attempt it and called her Mandy instead.  The name stuck and she continued using it. 

WHAT !!!!!

Pendraken used to run a bar in Manchester ?....How come I never get sent free alcohol with the 'Compliments' slips ? (I think we should be told.  ;))

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Leon

Quote from: Techno on 13 June 2019, 05:08:02 PM
Pendraken used to run a bar in Manchester ?....How come I never get sent free alcohol with the 'Compliments' slips ? (I think we should be told.  ;))

All the drinks were scaled down so it took ages to get p*ssed...
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Quote from: Ben Waterhouse on 13 June 2019, 03:59:46 PM
Unless they are Indian Christians, then again if they were Christians they wouldn't be scamming...

You must be unaware of the televangelists. :P

Techno

I don't know why I bothered to ask the original question.  ;D ;D ;D ;D

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d_Guy

The word you almost called poor "Christine" would have approximated the Hindi word, खुत, meaning "Clean".
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OldenBUA

I got one such call a couple of days ago, and I'm in the Netherlands. So it happens, but not that often. Maybe once or twice a year?
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mmcv

Are you getting these by mobile or landline? I find mobile services have gotten better at screening these out over the years. Still get the odd one through but can generally tell from the area code of the number that it's a scammer. If in doubt I don't answer and assume anyone important will leave a voicemail. I've no landline so can't speak to that.

Techno

Quote from: OldenBUA on 14 June 2019, 06:33:17 AM
I got one such call a couple of days ago, and I'm in the Netherlands. So it happens, but not that often. Maybe once or twice a year?

Did they 'try' and talk to you in Dutch ? OB.

Quote from: mmcv on 14 June 2019, 07:43:59 AM
Are you getting these by mobile or landline? I find mobile services have gotten better at screening these out over the years. Still get the odd one through but can generally tell from the area code of the number that it's a scammer. If in doubt I don't answer and assume anyone important will leave a voicemail. I've no landline so can't speak to that.

Mine's a landline, M.

If my guess is correct, these b*ggers use an auto dialler, and pick on a particular area code.....Then it's just 'pot luck' as to who gets called.
I'm ex-directory.....and subscribe to the telephone preference service....(Overkill is me  ;)).....But it'll never stop random 'dial-ups'.

The caller's number is displayed.....Though I (mostly) forget to look at that.
They've also got quite 'cute' in making it appear that the call is coming from the UK.....As well as that, 'they' also seem to generate different UK landline numbers...So you don't get the same number displayed, if they try again.

Cheers - Phil


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Unfortuneatly they have the tech to piggyback onto other numbers....
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