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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Flag Midhurst 04 May 21 11.09am Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

I've received a couple of calls on my mobile recently telling me that I owe money to HMRC and unless I press 1, I will be arrested immediately. I'm still waiting.

But, what is it about 'press 1'? Whether someone has spent money on my Amazon account, or they say I haven't paid my sub, or BT are going to cut off my broadband, or Microsoft tell me my computer has been compromised, the solution always is to 'press 1'. Why not 5 or 9?

One day I will press 1 just to find out, but frankly don't want to give the fraudsters the satisfaction.

For reasons best left aside, our landline comes through to an old, red dial telephone, so with the best will in the world we are unable to press 1, or any other number.

Has anyone ever pressed 1? If so, what mysterious box does it open?

 


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View Spiderman's Profile Spiderman Flag Horsham 04 May 21 11.28am Send a Private Message to Spiderman Add Spiderman as a friend

Originally posted by Palace Old Geezer

I've received a couple of calls on my mobile recently telling me that I owe money to HMRC and unless I press 1, I will be arrested immediately. I'm still waiting.

But, what is it about 'press 1'? Whether someone has spent money on my Amazon account, or they say I haven't paid my sub, or BT are going to cut off my broadband, or Microsoft tell me my computer has been compromised, the solution always is to 'press 1'. Why not 5 or 9?

One day I will press 1 just to find out, but frankly don't want to give the fraudsters the satisfaction.

For reasons best left aside, our landline comes through to an old, red dial telephone, so with the best will in the world we are unable to press 1, or any other number.

Has anyone ever pressed 1? If so, what mysterious box does it open?

We gave up our landline due to incessant amount of cold calling ( although I did enjoy some of the conversations I had with the callers! Perhaps another thread topic). My wife is apparently the luckiest woman in the U.K., not just because she married me! but she has received numerous text notifications that she has won prizes galore!
To answer your question no I never pressed 1

 

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View Apollofuzz's Profile Apollofuzz Flag Looking into the Future 04 May 21 12.03pm Send a Private Message to Apollofuzz Add Apollofuzz as a friend

We have an old Vintage Bakerlite Phone with an old fashioned dial (Ohh how posh) More of an ornament than anything as we never dial out on it. Plus it takes ages waiting for the dial to go back round (How did we ever cope 1st world problems) But it does make it very difficult to press 1 to be connected.

 


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View Midlands Eagle's Profile Midlands Eagle Flag 04 May 21 1.22pm Send a Private Message to Midlands Eagle Add Midlands Eagle as a friend

Originally posted by Palace Old Geezer

I've received a couple of calls on my mobile recently telling me that I owe money to HMRC and unless I press 1, I will be arrested immediately.

Six weeks ago my wife received the same call and was told that she would be arrested if she didn't pay £1,950 to HMRC immediately. Wifey is a nurse and she had just come off a 12 hour shift, panicked and paid them.

Needless to say I was livid that she had been so stupid.

In answer to your question about pressing 1 it is either to speak to a hard salesman or to connect you to a premium rate number or both

 

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View Palace Old Geezer's Profile Palace Old Geezer Flag Midhurst 04 May 21 1.31pm Send a Private Message to Palace Old Geezer Add Palace Old Geezer as a friend

Originally posted by Midlands Eagle

Six weeks ago my wife received the same call and was told that she would be arrested if she didn't pay £1,950 to HMRC immediately. Wifey is a nurse and she had just come off a 12 hour shift, panicked and paid them.

Needless to say I was livid that she had been so stupid.

In answer to your question about pressing 1 it is either to speak to a hard salesman or to connect you to a premium rate number or both

Oh dear, that's awful. Poor her (and you). Seems difficult to block these calls. The buggers use different numbers through some kind of computer random selection.

They're a pain in the neck for sure.

 

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View Pierre's Profile Pierre Flag Purley 04 May 21 1.58pm Send a Private Message to Pierre Add Pierre as a friend

Together with a couple of my friends we have a bit of a competition amongst ourselves with these cretins.

The idea is to see how long you can keep one of these loathsome wan*kers on the phone claiming to be from Amazon, HMRC outstanding loans, council tax etc talking and explaining what you have to do, you claim that you don't quite understand what there on about or the process they want you to follow but you are happy to pay what you owe.
Sometimes you can get passed around their team a bit for 20-25 minutes before they get bored and realise that your not going to pay and they hang up on you.

Our philosophy is that whilst your on the line with you they are not attempting to scam someone else more vulnerable, knackered etc.

My record is 38 minutes so far! Way off my friend who is over the hour!!

 

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View CrazyBadger's Profile CrazyBadger Flag Ware 04 May 21 2.07pm Send a Private Message to CrazyBadger Add CrazyBadger as a friend

my personal favourite is the people ringing from 'BT' saying that you have A virus, and want to get some information off your harddrive.

My general rule is to tell them that I need to turn the offending Laptop on... and that it's crap and takes ages. then put them on Mute, and carry on with my work, and see how long they Last. every now and then let them know that I'm still here, and it's still booting up.

If you waste their time they can't waste anyone elses.

 

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View Badger11's Profile Badger11 Flag Beckenham 04 May 21 2.19pm Send a Private Message to Badger11 Add Badger11 as a friend

My favourite is a tape of a comedian who claimed to be a homicide detective. He starts asking the caller how did he know the victim and he must come in for an interview meanwhile yelling to his non existent staff to move the body.

 


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View robdave2k's Profile robdave2k Flag 04 May 21 2.21pm Send a Private Message to robdave2k Add robdave2k as a friend

One of my clients had the HMRC one.

Called them back, had them on the phone for 40 minutes before suggesting they werenít actually HMRC.

At this point he told me to f*** off and do something with a goat.

If any fraudsters are reading this - a small tip to make it more convincing that you are HMRC. Donít answer in under 20 minutes, itís a giveaway!

 

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View robdave2k's Profile robdave2k Flag 04 May 21 2.22pm Send a Private Message to robdave2k Add robdave2k as a friend

Originally posted by Badger11

My favourite is a tape of a comedian who claimed to be a homicide detective. He starts asking the caller how did he know the victim and he must come in for an interview meanwhile yelling to his non existent staff to move the body.

Tom Mabe.

Man is a genius!

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View becky's Profile becky Flag over the moon 04 May 21 2.47pm Send a Private Message to becky Holmesdale Online Elite Member Add becky as a friend

Oh I love playing havoc with these scammers (lockdown has a lot to answer for):

BT: you have a virus......I lead them on for 5-10 minutes, then tell them that I'm 83 and blind so why do they imagine I have a computer?

If the callblocker shows International:

1)I pick up phone and before they can speak I say "I've done it, but there's blood everywhere.......what do you want me to do next? They generally hang up.... or

2)I answer the phone (in my best 'posh' office voice, and demand they state 'Security number and Department code' - I'll do this 3 times over their chatter, then I tell them that they have dialled a government security department and their location has been traced and that if they do not vacate the line immediately or use this number again, security forces will be dispatched to their premises with serious consequences for them and their company.
One poor Asian guy was actually in tears begging me not to send them as he would lose his job :-)

I fine days I just go the gardening....

 


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View eagleman13's Profile eagleman13 Flag On The Road To Hell & Alicante 04 May 21 3.39pm Send a Private Message to eagleman13 Holmesdale Online Elite Member Add eagleman13 as a friend

Bit of info for anyone who wants it, 07868 prefix numbers, although are Vodafone, they are issued in INDIA & most are used to scam.

Apart from that, like the rest of you, its great fun wasting their time or turning the tables on them.

 


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