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Scam on the phone (for example trough grandchildren trick, ping-calls)

The 7 biggest myths about telephone scam and Co.

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Dear tellows-fellows,

Superficial knowledge can be dangerous, we all know that. In terms of telephone advertising and fraud, it can cost you a lot of money and nerves! Therefore, today we present you the most common myths regarding telephone advertising, telephone fraud and possible manipulations on tellows and clearify them.

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1. Telephone scam only affects older people

As soon as one hears of telephone scam, one has more in mind the 93-year-old Mary-Ann, who was tricked by fraudsters, than the 26-year-old computer science student Stella. The fact is: Fraudsters often try to scam older target groups since they tend to be less careful and easier to be fooled. They are not always informed about the latest phone scam tricks, so a call from an alleged family member or the bank employee can turn into a costly trap.

However, this does not mean that everyone else can think themselves safe. Since there are many types of fraud, the victims differ. There are even tricks that mainly lead to success for the fraudsters among younger people. Such an example would be the Microsoft support scam, which targets access to sensitive data from their victims on the phone. According to Microsoft, this stitch is particularly successful in the age group of 18 to 34 years.

2. As long as I don’t give out any data about myself, I can’t lose any money

Unfortunately, this is also a misconception. It is true that you should never reveal your data on the phone, but there are other ways to get your money. Ping calls pose a great risk here. In this case, the fraudsters ring only a few seconds to provoke a recall. If this is done, a high fee will be charged, as the numbers are often foreign and you will be drawn into a waiting loop that can cost you a lot of money per minute.

3. I signed up on the do-not-call list, so cold calls cannot affect me

Another misconception that (unfortunately) is not quite true. In general telephone advertising (Cold Calls) is legal and if you registered on TPS or expressed your wish to not be contacted anymore, the company is not allowed to call you again. However, it is also true that countless companies do not comply with this. Apparently, the high fines of £500,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office do not deter this. In 2017-2018 over 2.7 Billion unsolicited calls, texts and emails were reported in the UK.

4. Phone fraud no longer exists today

Not only telephone advertising, but also telephone fraud continues to be practiced. On tellows, users report cases of telephone fraud every day in a variety of ways. In our annual report, we recorded that in 2019 users most commonly have been harassed by cellular fraudsters. Fraudsters pretend to be employees of renowned telecommunications industries in order to access data.

5. Reporting phone numbers is no use – the fraudsters simply change the number

This is not necessarily true. You may report all phone scams to Action Fraud, the reporting centre for all kinds of frauds. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau can then investigate these scams and take action. On tellows you can share your knowledge to warn other users before they can even fall for the fraud. Many people google phone numbers while they take calls if they are suspicious about the caller purpose or they do research afterwards. You can also use the comment feature to exchange experiences with other victims. 1-2 reviews are already sufficient to question a call and help someone else.

6. Anyone can post reviews and comments to tellows without being questioned

Fortunately, in this case we are talking about a misconception. First of all, every person can upload a rating or a comment, but the ratings and comments will be checked continuously by our automatic spam check system and the tellows team. Comments about discrimination, insults, defamation or similar will be deleted by us immediately. Of course, it can happen that we overlook such a rating once, so we are grateful for any advice from the community! If a company wrongly feels badly valued, we will also examine it in detail.

7. Everyone can see my contact details on tellows

Our goal is to protect you from phone advertising and fraud. We are therefore never interested in collecting data and names from private individuals. The tellows database initially includes every possible telephone number, i.e. as soon as someone enters a number combination on tellows, it is recognized as a potential telephone number. But no data about this number will be available without further comments.

You can see that telephone fraud and telephone advertising are still very present topics and it is therefore important that we act against them together. It is therefore best to check every suspicious number first on tellows.co.uk.

Either on our website or with the help of the app for iPhone or Android you can get insights on suspicious callers.

We hope we could help you with this post! If you can think of a myth about the topic, feel free to write us a comment.

You tellows Team

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NHS Covid-19 contacting call- real or fake one?

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Dear tellows friends,

we know what you might think: “Corona Virus scams again?!” But trust me, even tough we already informed you about a lot of scams regarding to Covid-19, we have to inform you about this one! It is a really sneaky trick and there is a high probability that you might fall for the scam if you don’t know how to recognize it.

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Latest Scam Alert of COVID-19! More than £970k loss in a month

FacebooktwitterredditpinteresttumblrmailWe are all worried by the pandemic, and watching news reporting how the numbers increase and people’s panic buying really don’t help. Nonetheless, during this time and days, tellows would like to remind you do not fall victim of phone scams related to COVID-19. Scammers around the world are taking advantage of the fear surrounding it to deceive people into disclosing personal information and money.


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What are the different types of telephone scam? tellows helps you to identify them and to stay protected!

Facebooktwitterredditpinteresttumblrmailtellows is a reverse phone number search platform that gives you details about numbers reported by more than 7 million users in 50 countries. Using our platform you can identify calls from suspicious and annoying numbers and leave comments and ratings about them, in order to help other users in our community. tellows mission is to identify unwanted calls thanks to the information provided and shared by our users while our vision is to fight against suspicious calls and to protect our community users from annoying calls.

tellows works as a team with our platform users. We strongly believe that “sharing is caring” and we trust our users in true information about unwanted calls. With this informative post, from tellows we want to inform you and help you stay protected from the different types of spam and scam calls existing (…)

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The Fake Amazon Prime Scam

FacebooktwitterredditpinteresttumblrmailHello tellows friends,

Think you already know everything about the latest phone scams? You’d be wrong. Scammers are constantly devising new ways to trick the public and in this blog we are going to introduce you to one of their newest tricks: The Amazon Prime Scam.

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Who do fraudsters target and why do we get caught out?

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Hello tellows friends,

For our blog this week, we thought it would be fun to do something different and give you a more general report about who fraudsters target and why we fall for scams.

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Scam calls on the increase, nuisance calls in decline

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Hello tellows friends,

Have you received fewer nuisance calls lately? Research by Ofcom would suggest so.

According to this Ofcom research, fewer nuisance calls are being made to UK landlines. So we can all breathe a sigh of relief, right? No, unfortunately not. Scam calls are still on the rise, and they now account for a much larger proportion of the nuisance calls received.

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The latest ‘Press 1’ phone scam

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Hello tellows friends,

Who doesn’t worry about their money? It’s a completely rational concern. But what happens when scammers play on this feeling? In today’s blog, we will be introducing you to the latest “press 1 scam”, which seeks to exploit your fears and steal your money.

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The ‘Tech Support’ Phone Scam that could clear out your Bank Account

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Hello tellows friends,

Today we ask you to consider: Is your computer really on the blink, or are you falling victim to a scammer?

It’s the oldest trick in the book. A stranger calls you from a number that you don’t recognise, claiming to be from a company that they actually have nothing to do with. A short while later you discover that money has been stolen from your bank account. But how do the scammers do it?


We first explored this type of scam last year and it is currently on the rise once again.

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The Summer Holiday Fraud

FacebooktwitterredditpinteresttumblrmailSo it’s July, the start of summer holidays of 2019. We are all planning our vacation ahead, personally the tellows team really wants to visit Portugal, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina… We only hope the holiday could be longer! Anyway, tellows hopes that besides enjoying your holiday, you don’t fall victim to a vacation phone scam! Let’s check out the following Vacation phone scam together.


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