From time to time we are called by an unknown caller with someone claiming to be a legitimate company. We find ourselves frantically google the number to find out “who rang me” and nine times out of ten left still mystified.
Private Number Nightmare
Being rang from a private or withheld number is probably the worst thing for someone with anxiety such as myself. I absolutely detest this and think the government should put a stop to it so we can put our minds at rest and be shown who is ringing. The other potentially negative effect of being rang with a private number, is there is no way of calling the company/person back.
Reporting to Ofcom
Thankfully there is a temporary solution to battling these type of callers using a free service from Ofcom.
Ofcom is a regulatory body for the communications world and heavily relied upon everyday. Protecting everyone on the airwaves to ensure scams and spam callers are reduced via ‘dispute resolution services’. They have been known to support people when companies have treated them unfairly amongst other heroic things.
Common scams Calls
- Silent Calls – A method where a scammer will ring you and say nothing but rinse your mobile bill via reverse charging you from the number they rang you from.
- Automated Messages – You may get a SMS message saying anything from claiming for an accident to pitching a product you don’t need.
- Spoof Companies – Call centres ringing and pretending to be from your network provider to upgrade you when you aren’t due then taking your bank details.
Here is an example of the rising bitcoin text message scams that are doing the rounds:
Although on this example it is in AUD, the basic structure of the scam is still apparent. They will try and lure you in by using your name (which they can easily find from stolen databases.) Once you click the link that takes you to their website, they could automatically ram your computer with viruses/malware or convince you to make a payment into a financial system that doesn’t produce any results at all.
Using hardware to block callers at home or in the office
I have been doing some digging around, playing with apps, devices and all sorts to find a final solution for these scam callers. One product in particular caught my attention but I’m not one for promoting so will just leave a link below for you to visit at your own leisure.
Some advice to help you:
If you are harassed by a caller who has rang you with a number you do no recognise, don’t answer. Instead, copy and paste the number and search for it here at https://www.whorangme.co.uk and our community will be able to point you in the right direction.