Had a phone call today from some Asian gentleman purporting to be from the Tiscali technical centre.
His English was unintelligible, it was so bad I started laughing at him, to think a firm as big as Tiscali would employ anyone who mispronounced every second word, I just told him he was a scammer and to pee off and replaced the phone idiots
LOL! I had not realized that Tiscali was still around !
Tiscali may not know it either. Not that I'd know.
They aren't. It is now Talk Talk but the scammers are going through the legacy accounts they hacked.
I get about 6 spam type calls per day on my land line phone; I have an answering machine for it, and one of its purposes is to screen ALL calls
knowing that the Caller ID feature is, for all practical purpose, absolutely worthless, i. e., the calling number is phony.
About half of these 6 calls results in the caller hanging up in the midst of my answering machine greeting, i. e., in my view that occurs simply because the caller is trying to sell me/solicit something, i. e. #2, NOT someone/some company that knows me/that I do business with. I actually get more spam type calls on my land line phone than I do on my 2 cell phones.
One of the crazy "oddities" about these spam calls is that they stop coming by 10:00 pm (local time), and never occur in the middle of the night; and the number of calls drops off noticeably during weekends.
I hate to admit it, but maybe, since I presume that at least some of these calls originate on the other side of this planet, that they are astute enough to pay attention to my time zone (versus theirs), not to mention also give themselves the weekend off (and there is also a dateline factor as well).
I got one of those from "The police" telling me that I'd been using my machine for "illegal purposes".
They asked me to go to 'support.me' which took me to 'LogMein123.com' where I had to fill in a six digit number (320258). They give me the code and then the 'download' button lights up.
Pressing that pops up another box to say that I must not pass this number on to anyone else, for security reasons, and had to press 'allow access to this computer' (or 'exit'). I'm not quite that dumb...
Anyway, I strung him along (They needed me to restart my computer fives times), asking him just what illegal activities I am supposed to have done, and the answer was a lot of waffle about transferring black market money, terrorist activities and all sorts of other guff.
At that point, I said that I happened to work for the fraud squad and I'd kept him on the line long enough to trace his call...
CLICK! He vanished. Squeaky-bum time, I hoped.
Well, it was his 'phone bill...
Reminder Of LEGAL Telephone Solicitations (But Borderline Scams).
The accuracy/details of this reply is likely to vary from country to country, and the laws that are in place re non-profit organizations, and their telephone solicitation/fund raising campaigns [even the distinction between a non-profit and for-profit will likely vary].
In the USA, there are companies FOR HIRE that will conduct telephone solicitation campaigns for non-profit organizations; this fund raising technique is especially favored by organizations that are all/almost all volunteer organizations. Those calling from such companies are legally obligated to identify themselves as a "compensated caller" during their intro.
One of the major motivations for non-profits to hire such companies is the time consuming nature to vet their volunteers before allowing them 'telephone duty', i. e., to screen out volunteers who do not have both 'oars in the water' [not typically mental health, but their 'persona',etc.,]. It can, literally, turn into a public relations nightmare to deny a volunteer 'call making' duties, especially if they have been very active in the organization (attending meetings, etc.,). Fund raising is very labor intensive for any organization with a handful of paid staff.
The problem is that these for hire companies charge, IMO, an exorbitant fee for their services which is usually a percentage of the donations. The amount they charge is very difficult to pin down via media articles; I've seen articles that state 50%, and others all the way up to 90%. Obviously with the media, citing extreme examples can and does happen. Some articles state that such companies also sell their calling list of successful donations/givers.
We have people who're 'phoning for charities, trying to blag donations. One ploy is to try sending people on guilt-trips. Old women, particularly,
have been committing suicide...
My mother-in-law got into financial trouble, from that.
We managed to recruit a lot of telephone workers into the CWU union. I did a number of discipline cases for one company who were going through recruitment interviews at the same time. I found a script on the waiting room table that exposed all their nefarious tactics quite clearly and indisputably.
You wouldn't have that script now, by any chance, John, would you?
I'm pretty sure I have it somewhere. I definitely picked it up and kept it and thought I had it amongst my stuff when I left work but I have looked
for it recently and couldn't find it.
Just had a thought. I think it must be in the member's file. I must have put it there for safe keeping and forgot to remove it.
One to remember. Ta, Doc!