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This Week’s Most Wanted

Dear friends of tellows,

This week we have numbers from legal debt collectors, a consumer helpline and a call centre, for your entertainment. Personal information and loans seem to be of equal worth to both debt collectors and call centres, and they pursue them with all their might, turning a deaf ear to any protest!

1. 08433770317 with 4 comments and 3368 search requests. tellows Score: 7
2. 08445766235 with 4 comments and 2756 search requests. tellows Score: 8
3. 08000524264 with 3 comments and 1732 search requests. tellows Score: 7

The first number is 08433770317 and the owner seems to be Drydens Fairfax solicitors, who work for HMRC. They play the part of debt collectors, calling people who still have open payments to their name. The trouble is that the Drydens Fairfax solicitors are a bit behind the times: they’re also calling people whose debts have already been paid.

They work for HMRC and collect overdue payments but I already told them that I payed everything months ago. Maybe they don’t work closely with the HMRC but I suggest they should, otherwise they just scare away the people and also harm HMRCs reputation…

The second number 08445766235 belongs to the Consumer Helpline and it’s not quite clear why they’re calling but it’s fairly safe to assume that they’re hoping to collect some of your personal information during the call.

They called me repeatedly and at some point i just answered and although I didn’t really understood what they wanted, they started asking for my personal information. At that point I clearly told them that I’m not gonna reveal any of it. They hung up. Better for them

And the third number 08000524264 belongs to a call centre which works with different insurance companies (like Admiral, Bell and Elephant) and in one case, the caller introduced himself as O2. You can always ask them to remove your number from their books and hope for the best.

No info left on answerphone-repetitive calls/hangups.
Contacted call centre company ‘CALL CONNECTION’who said it may belong to Admiral Insurance Group-I had a quote from this company and specifically told them ‘NO PHONE CALLS’
CALL CONNECTION call centre have now said they will remove my number from their DATA BANK

If you’re getting nuisance calls like these, please don’t hesitate to share your knowledge on tellows! It really can help other users spot a nuisance caller a mile off, saving all of you a lot of time and energy.

Have a nice weekend!

Your tellows team

PayPal scams and false promises: the latest in phone fraud

In today’s world, everything you could ever want or need can be found, bought and paid for on the internet, making it a playground for fraudsters. They’ll be as creative as they want when it comes to coaxing people into parting with their money. No time for guilt or remorse when you’re a scammer!

Today, we’ll present you with two online tricksters who’ve been at large on the world wide web and made maximum use of its advantages.
The first number 0019518883614 belongs to a certain “Mr. Smith”(this isn’t the creative part) and it comes from California, USA. Apparently, Mr. Smith would like to buy a car and would prefer to do it in the UK, for whatever reason. He favours the advertising site Gumtree to reach his victims.

You have to be careful here. If you want to sell some things on GUMTREE then you also can be a potential victim to this plot. Usually it hits those who want to sell something big like a car.

This number will send you a text containing the following email addresses and wants you to reply. You can just as easily send messages in Gumtree but of course that doesn’t fit with the plan.

[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

Writing back means that he has your email address and step one of this two-step scam is achieved. Step two is convincing you to pay with PayPal.

If you answer his text, you’ll get to hear a longwinded story involving in-laws and presents and being out of town… meaning that the payment has to be done via PayPal. At this point, anyone can see that something doesn’t add up. If you Google the number, you’ll see that it’s from the USA, so why get a car from the UK? Making a payment via PayPal in these situations is not recommended at all – there is a long history of cases like this where people have been tricked out of their money.

Being vigilant is always recommended whilst on the internet and this is especially true when buying and selling. Our second number 01612127403 is from Manchester, UK. In this case, cash is the goal once again but the tactics are different. In one scam, they offer marketing services but once you’ve paid up, you won’t hear a dickybird from them…

I got a call from a man claiming he represents Online Platform Management Consulting. We talked a little while and I agreed to pay for online marketing. I proceed with the payment and tried to contact the same number back but it was no longer active.

Another technique they use is posing as Google, threatening to remove an address from their listing. Though this technique isn’t really that smart, it’s still fairly creative.

What scammers want is money and personal information. We’re all inclined to believe it would be hard to get hold of these things on the internet but it can be all too easy! Don’t let your guard down and always think twice before disclosing sensitive or important information.

Our Top 3 Wanted Numbers this week

Dear friends of tellows,

This week’s numbers aren’t all suspect… just the majority of them. Some of them do actually have a legitimate reason for calling you and get in touch because it’s important. Nevertheless, always be on the alert for scammers posing as legitimate companies. Just remember that these companies will never ask you for your details – particularly not on the phone!

1. 08000285085 with 3 comments and 2745 search requests. tellows Score: 7
2. 08445550800 with 3 comments and 1547 search requests. tellows Score: 6
3. 01482359200 with 3 comments and 1316 search requests. tellows Score: 8

The first number 08000285085 is from British Telecoms and is a free-call service. You can’t call them back (or at least you won’t get anywhere if you do). You’ll come to a recorded message informing you that they’ll call you back later.

It’s BT and you can call them back but that won’t help much because then you’ll just receive an automated response that they tried to call you and they’ll call again later. with a cellphone there will be a charge and that’s it. It is kind of annoying to not be able to call them back.

The second number 08445550800 is supposedly a premium rate service from Barclaycard – although as you’ll see from our comments, you can’t be completely sure about that. Some user comments imply that fraudsters might also be using this number.

I was overwhelmed by the sheer amount of calls I got from this number and from “Barclaycard”. It confuses me because I don’t have any business with them. I’ve never had. So why the calls? Then I had to give up and pick up the phone again, and listen to their story, again, and I told them AGAIN that I don’t know the person with that name. I’m sorry but I just don’t. Someday I went to Barclaycard and wanted to clear this up, whatever this was and here comes the surprise: I’m not in their database! Well, of course I’m not. like I said, I don’t have any connection with this company. Sooo that means that either some scammers called me with the lie of being Barclaycard, or Barclaycard and the scammers alternated their calls to me.

And finally the third number 01482359200 from Hull is a debt collection company, but apparently not a trustworthy one. They call you years later to inform you about a loan, which you supposedly took out. We get some clues as to the legitimacy of this claim in the user comments. Scam or a genuine misunderstanding?!

That call was weird. I was informed that years ago I took out a loan for my house with my husband. How he could say that straight out, without hesitation although my voice was obviously male, I don’t understand. I’m not married and I don’t own a house so this is kind of funny.

This week’s numbers once again go to show that you should share your experience with the tellows community, even if it’s just because you thought the call was funny! Sharing information about these different numbers can protect others too.
Have a great week!

Your tellows team

The Nuisance Callers have a new Top 3

Dear friends of tellows,

Another week and new numbers for you to be aware of. Although this week was rather uninteresting, we still found our Top 3 numbers which present a happy mix of different tellows scores: from a 2 to a 7. Not all the numbers are untrustworthy but that doesn’r mean that they can’t annoy you to death if they want to. The difference is that trustworthy numbers have the ability to negotiate the possibility of the removel if your number from the calling lists. You just have to demand it. Now let’s see which numbers were looked up the most this week.

1. 01142565286 with 6 comments and 4008 search requests. tellows Score: 6
2. 08003289393 with 1 comments and 3730 search requests. tellows Score: 2
3. 08003160492 with 3 comments and 1253 search requests. tellows Score: 7

Our first number 1142565286 is from Sheffield – United Kingdom and it belongs to Motorway Direct. “Car protect” is just one of their companies and they call the people in order to offer them a car warrenty. It’s a great coincidence that the call comes exactly at the time when your own warranty expires.

This number is from a company called car protect. don’t know where they have my number from and why they knew that my warrenty has expired. they didn’t answer when i asked for it sop i hung up

The second number 08003289393 with the amazing score of 2 is from British Telecom and it either calls it’s clients in order to inform them of important changes or new proposals, or they call potential customers to offer them their services.

This number is associated with BT either accounts or engineering and would only be calling for a legitimate reason.

And finally our third number 08003160492 belongs to the Littlewoods Company or to Kay& co, that’s still unclear, but it seems to be a courtesy call, like after an order, they call to confirm the details. The strange thing is that in some cases no one ordered anyrhing. So if it’s a normal call and you really ordered something, then you have nothing to fear but otherwise be careful of revealing personal information.

This is a number from the Littlewoods company! They wanted me to answer some question about an order of mine but ive never ordered something there. strange!

If you have received such calls, which in some cases are a little bit dubious, share this information with the tellows community. You never know, how many people might find it helpful. Have a nice week

Your tellows team