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flyingclrs727
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Unsolicited calls from foreign countries

Fri Jan 20, 2017 7:58 pm

About 45 minutes ago I got an unsolicited call from a caller in the country of Vanuatu. I recognized that the call was not from anywhere in North America due to the country code and did not answer it. I'm pretty familiar with where most countries are located in the globe, but I had to look this one up on Google. Why would someone be calling me from some obscure island in the South Pacific? Should I be concerned?
 
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Re: Unsolicited calls from foreign countries

Fri Jan 20, 2017 9:31 pm

Since I made my original post, I blocked that number. That same number tried calling me again, and the log says it was blocked both times.
 
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Re: Unsolicited calls from foreign countries

Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:42 pm

It could be someone dialing a wrong number.
 
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Re: Unsolicited calls from foreign countries

Sat Jan 21, 2017 12:58 am

It could be a wrong number, but more likely it is someone spoofing an out of country number trying to get you to answer.

The technology to allow someone to initiate robo-calls from a computer over VOIP and make it seem like a local number or any overseas number cost about $25 over the internet.
 
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Re: Unsolicited calls from foreign countries

Sat Jan 21, 2017 1:12 am

flyingclrs727 wrote:
Should I be concerned?


I've received calls from the majority of the states in the union. As for other countries; Canada, The Bahamas, Honduras, Italy, Cambodia, blah, blah, blah. Of course, I suspect they all come from basement on the sub-continent...do they have basements there? They come into my home phone, which I will be disconnecting this summer after my boy gets his cell phone.

I never answer the damn thing.
 
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Re: Unsolicited calls from foreign countries

Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:03 pm

There was a telephone scam in Denmark some years ago, where the scammers would call you from far away and then hang on. Then they would hope that you returned the call, but with an additional (and very expensive) charge would be added by the scammers since now it was you calling them.

I would suggest not returning the call.
 
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Re: Unsolicited calls from foreign countries

Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:27 pm

Vanuatu is one of the most popular countries used by telecom fraud bandits. Report it to your telephone provider.
 
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Re: Unsolicited calls from foreign countries

Sat Jan 21, 2017 7:46 pm

Interesting topic - will have to pass this on to my wife so she's at least aware of this kind of nonsense.

Thanks much!

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