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SteveRiley
Beginner
1,938 Views
Message 151 of 752

Re: New India Phone Scam

I am amazed that after 4 years this is still going on and no action has been taken. It is simple cut India off from the UK network, it will concentrate the minds of the Indian government to take action, fast. My phone block list is full, 80% of the directory is full of scam numbers (low ring tone so they don't get answered) and I have had to buy my own, even larger capacity blocking device.

I have had insulting calls from India when they try the MS windows scam, some even know my address and yet BT still uses a leaky call centre, how much other data is removed at the same time? I did get fed up with the insulting woman and suggested that sex and travel might be a good idea and put the phone down.

Does BT actually bother to read through these forums and take action to protect our data?

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john46
Distinguished Sage
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Message 152 of 752

Re: New India Phone Scam

@SteveRiley 

most spam calls come from VOIP services (internet phones ) not a phone line so no provider can cut them off as they re not using the phone network network 

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leny
Aspiring Contributor
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Message 153 of 752

Re: New India Phone Scam

Have had several of these scam calls over the last couple of years, more than once correctly quoting our account number.

My favourite was the chap who got more and more agitated when I refused to give him access to our PC. He told me he had no alternative but to send a signal down the line to destroy our router and that we would be banned from the internet for 3 years!

Have signed up to Call Protect to see if it will block these muppets.

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SteveRiley
Beginner
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Message 154 of 752

Re: New India Phone Scam

@john46- Yes I was being very simplistic, as an ex computer and telecomms engineer and a systems programmer I learnt a long time ago not to get technical at all, people at the top only understand bullet points and anything more than that they glaze over. I could go into considerably more detail has to the mechanisms used but the hammer to crack a nut solution would concentrate the minds to deal with what is a very big nut. As an additional comment I knew 30 years ago how to spoof numbers so it isn't a new technique but technology has just easier made it for the criminals, which is what they are.

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SwanseaMick
Contributor
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Message 155 of 752

Re: New India Phone Scam

I first started this thread back August 2016, and it is still going on! When will senior management in BT get off the fence and do something constructive for once!

These people are out and out criminals, riding on the back of BT's call centres in India, yet BT doesn't seem to care, repeatdly spouting the mantra that it must be a coincidence we get these calls so soon after reporting a fault.

IT IS NOT A COINCIDENCE, TAKE ACTION NOW!

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NickRH1
Aspiring Contributor
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Message 156 of 752

Re: New India Phone Scam

Leny - Don't hold your breath. The first call I had after setting up BT Call Protect was from one of these would-be scammers; They used a spoof number (one digit short of a real one). When a dialled 1572 to "block" the number, I got a message that it was not possible as the number was unobtainable! What a suprise...

 

I fail to understand why BT's system cannot be set up to pick of these spoof numbers, VOIP genererated or otherwise, BEFORE they get through to customers. They can track all my outgoing calls, and my broadband traffic - so they can bill me of course - so why not incoming calls?

 

And while we're at it, I've just been emailed again by BT (apparently genuine) to install BT Virus Protect. Don't bother with that either, particularly if you have a Mac. What a pile of poop that is - a re-hashed and out-of-date McAfee product that takes over. Firstly, it took 3 DAYS (yes, DAYS) to download and work - a combination of the poor Broadband service we have and the size of the files being downloaded I guess, Secondly, it wasn't at all user friendly - no support available either, Thirdly, it had a massive negative effect on the running of my MAc...Slooooowwww..., Then finally, it took forever to get rid of it - even after using the (hidden) Uninstall file, I found quite a few huge files tucked away on my hard-drive; I think I got rid of them all, but I can't be sure, though performance is much better again. (It didn't find any viruses, just a couple of adware programmes that had snuck in.

 

All in all - sorry for the rant - but I really am getting thoroughly cheesed off with BT and their santimonious and patronising attitude, misleading adverts/flyers and poor service. If you've bothered to read this far - thanks for "listening"..

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swpuptonded15
Beginner
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Message 157 of 752

Re: Possible Scam?

I've had around 20 of these calls over the last couple of days

Male and female callers and always with Indian accent

Need to get a call blocker

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v12glr
Beginner
1,908 Views
Message 158 of 752

Re: Possible Scam?

Seems the 'Indian' scam is back in force...have had 15 calls over the last 2 days from aan Indian gentleman claiming to be from BT, saying he needs to discuss a problem with my router, to the affect that every time i go on-line I am allowing hackers in due to a fault on the router.I hugn up the first time and have ignored the calls since....for what it is worth the caller is using 0208 658 8899 , but then flashes to an International call ....also...when you initially answer it takes a few secoinds for the Indian 'gentleman' to answer from his side...another obvious sign of banked telephone calls!!!

 

Take care all.....

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OldCoder
Beginner
1,903 Views
Message 159 of 752

Re: Possible Scam?

Also been pestered since router/hub installed at my 92-year-old mothers, and never before. I had also noticed that the router reset around the start of each call (orange light, then flashes, then solid blue), but otherwise solid blue.  Today the router reset several times, and a number of silent calls occurred before the main one.  Sufficient disturbance to rate being called a denial of service.  Surely this must be rogue BT engineers or someone with links to the organisation (suspect to overseas call centres).  Could this be a remote line test/disconnection?  How much more access do these people have?  Please BT, investigate this.

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DJ_A
Beginner
1,863 Views
Message 160 of 752

Re: Possible Scam?

I have just had the same call from caller with Asian accent from  a numer 02985675640. Googled the number and it seems non-existent.   Just signed up to BT Call Protect. Maybe that will stop these nuiscance calls.  

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