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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 02-02-2016, 15:12 Thread Starter
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Abusive phone calls

My neighbour and 2 of her friends have received abusive/racist phone calls and I wondered if anyone else has recieved one.

Each has been rung by a man with an asian accent, I dont know what they were 'selling' but my friend told him she was on the telephone calling preference list and 'I know you have a job to do, but you shouldnt be calling me' He then proceeded to call her a middle class effing white bitch, at which point she hung up. The other 2 calls were along the same lines.
Not good, as they probably were 'caller number withheld' or came from overseas and cant be traced.

Not very nice to get one though
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I find the scammers who claim to be from microsoft (India branch) get very abusive.
To be fair it's usually after about ten minutes of me winding them up and stringing them along
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Yes, wind 'em up Sheila, that's the best way to deal with them.

Often the preference service won't work because they just dial random numbers.

If you tell them to hang on while you get the boss from the garden then put your phone down but don't hang up, that usually gets to them. They can't use that line again until you put the phone down.

If you can put the phone down next to the radio playing some classical music (or punk rock) even better.

Eventually the word will get around and they might stop wasting their time on you.

Help someone out when they're in trouble and they'll remember you when they're in trouble again.
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We got one of these - well, four actually.

It works!!

http://www.shop.bt.com/learnmore/bt-...he-new-bt8500/

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How do you go on when it is the Doctor, Hospital or District Nurse calling as their numbers are withheld. We are looking for new phones at the moment but have got to think of the above.
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They can't use that line again until you put the phone down. .
I think that is now to be changed as a direct result of scam calls where it was supposedly the police ringing you about a fraudulent transaction about to occur on your bank account and that they were tracing it.

They asked you to put the phone down and then ring the bank number, who then asked you to confirm all of the details on that account including the 3 number from the back - all the details required for fraud BUT that had simply reconnected to the original incoming caller as they had not cut off the call - until VERY recently the caller was in control of the call not the recipient.....

I heard/read somewhere on the BBC that this is now being changed so that the incoming call cuts off if you have put the phone down for a period of, I think, 5 minutes...

https://www.herts.police.uk/advice/c...k_callers.aspx

suggests that you try ringing a friend or your mobile before ringing the bank

BUT I cannot find any link to the change in cutting off..... maybe others will have heard / read the same thing..... or maybe it is my memory playing up....

FOUND IT.....

the 5 minute cut off is mentioned in this BT page;

http://home.bt.com/lifestyle/money/m...11363988370722

If you feel something is suspicious, hang up, wait five minutes to clear the line, or where possible use a different phone line to call your bank or card issuer on their advertised number.


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I only have a Polish number mobile - maybe not many scammers speak Polish, as I get no calls
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How do you go on when it is the Doctor, Hospital or District Nurse calling as their numbers are withheld. We are looking for new phones at the moment but have got to think of the above.
We have a pair of Panasonic phones with Caller Display. They are similar to those that Zeb has posted above but not so elaborate, but nevertheless our setup works really well for us.
The downstairs phone is in the lounge right next to OH's armchair. Calls from anyone on our caller list are displayed & she picks up. Others come up as *Withheld", "Out of Area", "International", etc. or a phone number. These are not answered & after two rings go on to the ansafone. If its a genuine call (Doctor, Dentist, etc.) they start to leave a message & OH picks up. Others usually hang up as soon as they hear the ansafone. If they do happen to leave a message (very rare) we can choose whether to call back or not.
Works well for us, actually the best system we've had. We are XD & TPS as well but that doesn't stop them all.
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How do you go on when it is the Doctor, Hospital or District Nurse calling as their numbers are withheld. We are looking for new phones at the moment but have got to think of the above.
Professionals are used to new technology because it is becoming commonplace, and everyone around here seems aware of BT's "Call Guardian" and how it works.

I posted this last year and it tells you a little of how it operates:
https://forums.motorhomefacts.com/26-...ml#post1803242

It's very good and we still have received no nuisance calls. Not one!



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All my calls are abusive, I need help

We got the BT phone about 6 months ago, no annoying calls since then.
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