Category Archives: About tellows

Interview with Our Intern

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Dear tellows fellows,

it’s very important for us to provide our users the best service and useful information on our platform. All the employees working at tellows are involved in different projects to improve tellows everyday. Since earlier this year, one of our interns had been helping us to make tellows better in many different ways. We asked him to give us a peek of how it feels like to be a tellows intern and what tellows does behind the scene. Check out the interview below!

Could you first tell us a little bit about yourself and why you decided to do an internship at tellows?

“I’m Matteo from Italy and I’m a graduate in Economics. I wanted to have more work experience that is related to my studies and my favorite subjects so I searched for new job opportunities and found the chance to work at tellows as an intern for 6 months. I already knew about tellows before, because I used the platform to search for unknown numbers in the past. Continue reading

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Introducing Our New Rating Box

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Dear tellows fellows,

Our community is changing and developing every day. We always take our users’ suggestions and ideas into account, in order to make tellows a better platform. Therefore, we have developed some new features to make the tellows community even more helpful and effective than before!

1. Rating without comment

It is very important for us that we can give information for our users which are not just informative but also helpful. We believe it’s significant to consider the fact that our users might not have enough information to write lengthy comments about some phone numbers. Therefore we have developed a new feature, so that you are able to rate a phone number without writing any comment, especially if you think that there’s no necessary information you can share. Continue reading

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Caller Types at tellows

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Every number that you find in our community is classified according to the type of call. Through different types of call, our users can easily recognize to which category the number belongs to. But sometimes the different call types might be confusing. You might sometimes be wondering whether a certain number should be categorized “Telemarketer” or as “Aggressive Advertising”. To avoid any kind of confusion and to show the clear differences between the caller types, we would like to give an overview of every single caller type that we have at tellows. But we won’t just explain what the term means, we will also give you some tips if you perhaps receive these types of call. Continue reading

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tellows cooperation: spam protection with Truecaller app

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Dear tellows-fellows,

we are happy to announce that we are working together with one of the worldwide leading provider for phone book apps: Truecaller maintains a database with over 2 billion numbers which can be searched to identify phone numbers. It is possible to directly block spam and suppressed numbers. Using the search request feature, you can easily add numbers into your contact list or report them as spam, so other users can be warned as well.
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tellows magazine for the UK – worthwhile information on nuisance calls and telephone scams

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The tellows magazine is now here for download!

Based on information compiled from the tellows website, its blog and from concerned authorities in the UK, the tellows magazine provides the most important things you need to know in order to avoid being scammed over the phone.

How useful is this magazine to me?
You could be the next target victim of phone fraud. Even if you are registered with TPS, it does not spare you from the threat. In fact, 57% of those TPS-registered numbers are not satisfied since they still receive an average of 7 unsolicited calls per month, based on the UK Consumers’ Association report.

Statistics from the tellows website also shows that Greater London receives the highest rate of unwanted calls, followed by the North West part and Yorkshire. This does not mean that other regions are not being targeted, rather, reports and complaints in tellows website are actually coming from all parts of the country.

Caller Identification

That’s why it’s important for you to be aware of these scam methods and be proactive in guarding yourself and family against fraud.

tellows UK Top 10 scam methods
tellows has identified these top 10 scam methods based on the actual reports of users submitted to tellows website. These are: online payday loan scam, call back, job offer, fake telemarketer, spoofing, vishing, ppi, pc doctor scam, lottery and winning scam, pension liberation fraud.

One scheme would ask you to pay fees in advance so they can process your loan, PPI, pension, job and training application, or your winnings in a lottery or contest. Another kind would send out messages that sound like an emergency or would ring your phone incessantly just to make you call them back. While the last type would pretend to be calling from a valid number, or would use the name of a legit company and brand, as if offering their products and services.

Legal basics
The magazine also gives you an overview of the Data Protection Act and the three most important regulators and agencies involved in this area. Direct links on where you can send a complaint are provided, whether it is about an unwanted live telesales calls, automated marketing calls, silent or abandoned calls, or unwanted spam text message.

More on tellows
For an immediate, everyday protection, details about how the tellows website, its blog and smartphone app work can also be found in the magazine to solve your worries and doubts on unknown numbers.

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Let tellows mellow your day – Protect yourself from nuisance calls with the tellows caller identification app

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Dear tellows fellows,

reap the benefits of your patience for our tellows app is finally available for Android users! Up to now the only way to look up numbers was to open our webpage, meaning, looking the calling number up was only possible after the call.

Thanks to our new tellows Android app you will discern the trustworthieness of the incoming call on the first ring of your phone. The tellows Score provides the means to decide whether to answer the phone or deny the call.

Update (2018): The tellows app can now also block unwanted spam calls!
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App Support

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Hey there fellow tellows app user,

Below you will find an overview of known app errors and their solution.

As far as other errors are concerned, please, use the contact fom for further inqueries.

Iphone App F.A.Q:

→ I received an unsoliceted call, but from which number?
Did you receive a call the tellows score rated as dubious and you would like to know from which number the call originated? Just open the contacts list and click the numbers score. The number that called will be highlighted in blue.

→ the score lists are not imported properly:
Due to the use of Exchange servers or CarDAV-Accounts, the synchronization of contact information leads to an error message while importing the score lists.You will find a detailed workaround here.

→ App cannot access the contacts list:
Please make sure to approve of the app’s access to the contacts list in your settings on data protection! Find a detailed explanation on how to change you settings here.

→ Import of score list takes aeons:
Running in iOS 6 the score list’s import is known to last up to a minute. During the import the app freezes.

→ the use of additional contacts managers may result in delays updating the scorelists or other issues.

Known Issues:

  • Viber : Since the tellows Scorelists contain a vast amount of contacts, Viber’s contact synchronization may be delayed or aborted rendering “Viber” useless. If you’d like enjoy both apps, it is imperative to remove tellows scorelists before starting “Viber”. Update tge scorelists once you finished using “Viber”.

    Further FAQs can be found here.

    For further problems, please use our contact form

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  • Whole Regions Suffer the Insolence of Nuisance Callers – The tellows Heatmap will tell you which

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    What is this Heatmap everyone is talking about?

    The tellows heatmap highlights the regions which are subject to the most vehement of spam and scam calls.

    How do we know?

    The creation of a daily heatmap of the location bearing the greatest malady of nuisance calls is only possible due to your help and the number of search requests. The map displays hotspots the nuisance caller is focusing on. Furthermore, you can find out whether there are more people suffering from unsolicited calls around.

    The heatmap provides an overview on the numbers activity in the last 24 hours on our statistics page

    Feel free to express your thoughts on our services.

    Take care!

    Regards
    Your Tellows Team!

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    The Tellows Score – The Rating of the a Number’s Trustworthiness

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    tellows score

    tellows aims to provide a free platform for those who suffer a hail unsolicited calls and offers its users the opportunity to exchange their experience and knowledge. In order to mark dubious numbers tellows features the Tellows Score to make number’s potential danger obvious at first sight. Reliable phone numbers are represented by numbers smaller than 5 and highlighted in green whereas dubious numbers entertain numbers greater than 5 up to 9 highleighted in red. Hence, more dubious the number, the higher the numbers rating.

    If you have information on any dangerous number we beseech you to share it with your fellows who suffer the same unsolicited calls. After all, it is knowledge that prevents the scammers’ and fraudsters’ success!

    Take care!

    Regards

    Your Tellows Team!

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