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Albert had a really nasty text message on his mobile

He tried phoning the number ...no answer so he texted that I think you have a wrong number if not who are you?

Reply ,no right number , repeat of nasty message

Albert phoned the police who said they had tried phoning...no answer but were now texting the number with a warning, so they at least took it as an offensive post

Received another text, sorry wrong number, but to a name that wasn’t Albert

I recon that all SIM cards should be identifiable , had never occurred to us before how an anonymous SIM card could be used

We were a bit shaken but the police response was great

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Similar been on BBC news tonight that all PAYG SIM cards be registered.
This was due to 'County Lines' drug gangs.
But it still won't stop foreign SIM sellers.

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As it happens the allegations could be easily refuted

But really nasty

Who would get pleasure from posting that ?

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I guess the same nutters as hackers Sandra.

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As it happens the allegations could be easily refuted

But really nasty

Who would get pleasure from posting that ?

Sandra
It's not about pleasure, it's those that feel they could extort cash from you, the old 'no smoke without fire play' it's how they roll and survive.

You did the right thing.

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Similar been on BBC news tonight that all PAYG SIM cards be registered.
This was due to 'County Lines' drug gangs.
But it still won't stop foreign SIM sellers.

Ray.
Yes, saw that - it makes sense.

When you say foreign sellers do you mean the selling of foreign sim cards? Would they not soon become inactive in UK?

I can't remember if it was general abroad but certainly in France, when buying a French sim I had to produce ID.

Thank goodness these days are gone! Tho they might be coming back again.
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I have bought in Holland without ID and would assume it's possible online. Then there are boot sale sellers.

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hi all

you just need to buy a pre paid card and you can do what you want

they are usually available in small corner shops

i have just got one here in portugal for E5 and we have used it to call friends in america

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Compulsory registration would ensure that honest people complied, otherwise it'd be a joke. It's just another unconsidered policy being articulated before it's been considered. There'd be dozens of ways round it for the dishonest, not least as Barry has just said buying foreign ones and using them in the UK. A criminal won't be too worried about the cost of calls.

This proposal would just start a new criminal industry. I bet there are a fair few already planning ways to cash in on it should it happen.

I'm not saying it isn't something to be aspired to, just pointing out it wouldn't be effective in making criminals traceable.
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Just looked on E-Bay for SIMs Alan and there are 20,000 adds of which half are foreign.

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