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That's right, it's a scam. I think it was Paul Lewis I heard on the radio (Money Box) saying that scammers had started that trick. Of course they use it as a way to get your personal information.

We've had the same problem with genuine services withholding their phone numbers when calling us, including care services and hospitals. It's a failure of management in the organisations to set up their phone services appropriately for the job.
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I'm reasonably free from them perhaps due to the fact I ignore the phone so much but I had one yesterday, hung up of course.....
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As for registering on-line with the real TPS - I've done a few for various elderly persons now.
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Had the Microsoft virus one yesterday (first for months) and managed almost ten minutes before he twigged. I was using my lap top at the time so he would have heard me "typing" and muttering ! That's ten minutes when he wasn't scamming someone else.
OH has great fun with the switching gas and electric callers - it isn't until they get asked when they can make the first delivery of gas that they realise we have LPG ...
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I know several people that have worked in call centres, not scamming ones, and from their accounts it isn't that nice a job. So unless they repeat calls or get to persistent I'm usually "fairly" polite.
Apart from TalkTalk - they get as rude as I can manage for as long as possible. They scammed my elderly father a few years ago and it took a long time and much expense before we sorted the mess out. I know he would never have agreed to switch his 'phone or anything else without paperwork to read ...
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I made the mistake of picking up the phone on a cold call two days ago and am now having to ignore the phone ringing again. I must have triggered the 'active number' algorithm......
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We need to protect people who are vulnerable through age or disability but also educate better to make folk less gullible...
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I saw that news report Peter. You or I would never pay but as long as there are people out there who are vulnerable they should be protected.
From what I have heard directly from people who have tried to contact the Cyber Crime unit there is a bit of a problem as the police say it is a separate body from them. I don't understand that.....
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From this web site: LINK
Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This includes the reporting of cyber dependent crime such as network intrusion and unauthorised access to computer material, denial of service incidents and malware attacks. The service is run by the City of London Police working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) who are responsible for assessment of the reports and to ensure that your fraud reports reach the right place. The City of London Police is the national policing lead for economic crime.
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We had a lot of scam calls on our landline a couple of days ago - all in one day and nothing since - very strange. All different phone numbers and all ended without us answering.
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They seem to come in flurries Peter, like a fall of snow and no doubt governed by the same Chaos mechanism as the weather.
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