Ancient Sharp mobile phone.
Rings for an incoming voice call but no one there! This effect seems to
coincide with giving my mobile number to on line suppliers as the
Are they trying to use some service not available on my phone?
On Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:18:22 +0100, Tim Lamb wrote:
Doubt it. Probably waiting for the sound of a voice to trigger a switch
to the next available operator. Occasionally there isn't one free and you
have a silent call.
Apparently this is quite acceptable and in no way upsetting to anyone at
Is the number o843, and claiming to be London?
I've had two this morning and in most cases they only ring twice. Some
phones seem to continue ringing even though the caller has cleared, so when
its answered there is nobody there. However if you answer fast you find you
get on a list, If you ring the number back as you see a missed call, you get
billed 1.18p just to hear thank you for confirming your interest, we will be
in touch, but of course they won't as they want your dosh each time and of
course to confirm you on their marketing list to sell.
Vodafone told me they are powerless to stop this scam since the number owner
can do what they like and as o843 numbers are outside my plan they will be
charged, we can ban them, but I've blocked over 15 already and they just use
another number in the list one assumes.
Also although they say London most of the people you hear on the recordings
sound very foreign to me. I suspect its merely a gateway to somewhere
outside the jurisdiction of the UK, and if the numbers get shut off there
are plenty more numbers in the sea so to speak. Its a good little earner as
the amounts are not big, but they must mount up for the number owner and the
supplier, so I see no sign of it stopping unless there is some specific
legislation with teeth, not just an offcom letter with naughty boy written
This newsgroup posting comes to you directly from...
I would need glasses to read the number and don't normally wear them. By
the time I've fumbled the phone out of my pocket, disengaged the sleeve,
opened the phone and pressed the button they have gone.
My phone has aged beyond the date capability which upsets the *last
number/ missed calls function*. I have now emptied the list so I should
be able to check for 0843. Thanks
If that's all you are paying, you are getting off very
lightly, Brian. A bit of web searching brings up this:
"Total 0843 number call costs will typically be anywhere from
9p to 65p per minute, plus up to an additional 7p per-call
"Missed calls from 0843 numbers
Some low-value scams have been run using 0843 numbers.
Typically, the owners of a rogue 0843 number will
automatically ring thousands of regular landline and mobile
phone numbers, but hang up almost immediately. The people who
receive these calls then see the 0843 number in their list of
missed calls ? and many will call the number back out of
The 0843 number's owner then makes money from each call back
they receive. Often, they will arrange for the 0843 number to
connect the caller to a long recorded message or even a fake
ringing tone, as a way of keeping them on the line for longer
and increasing the call cost.
This kind of scam is often known as a 'callback scam', 'cost
trap' or 'wangiri'."
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