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SkyMan

I have an app called "Simple Quiet Hours" that shuts off the sound at night so I don't get bothered while I'm sleeping.  I woke up on the first and noticed I'd just missed a couple calls from Australia.  I know a few people in Oz that might possibly have my number but certainly have never called me.  The one most likely would be my wife's aunt in Perth but why would she call me and not my wife?  So then the call came up again so I answered but there was nothing on the other end.  Odd and I had a slight feeling of dread like I'd opened a email with a virus or something.  I was trying to figure out how this could have been a big mistake other than to verify that there was a person at that phone number for some kind of telemarketing scheme but who would do that internationally?

Then the next day I'm barraged with miscalls between 5:49 and 6:25 AM.  

5 from that same number in Oz

Several different numbers in Japan

Taiwan

Shanghai

NYC

And a couple from a local landline.

Since then nothing out of the ordinary.  Anyone else had something like that?  I checked my load and nothing funny there.

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A_Simple_Man
12 minutes ago, SkyMan said:

Anyone else had something like that?

Probably "The Donald".  Maybe he got himself a number similar to yours and the callers have miss-dialed. :rolleyes:

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Davaoeno

I am soooo jealous !! No one even miscalls me at night !!   A couple did a few years back but after my wife talked to them I never heard from them again ! lol

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cvgtpc1

I brought a magic jack to the PI.  First time used and that night got a telemarketing call for Viagra at 230am in the morning.

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smokey

My magic jack is arizona number and i just un plug at night

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Headshot

About the only junk phone calls I get are from Globe, Smart and PLDT trying to sell me something. It sounds like you have stumbled onto a Nigerian-type scam.

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Monsoon

Check the numbers they could be what is called "international premium rate" - if you call it you get billed a higher tariff and the owner gets paid. It is a common scam to miss call with that caller ID in hopes you would call it back. They are sort of like the old 1-900 numbers. 

I have these blocked from my US cell phone because I end up making and receiving a lot of international calls so I could easily return a call to one of them unknowingly. 

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Davaoeno
Just now, Monsoon said:

Check the numbers they could be what is called "international premium rate" - if you call it you get billed a higher tariff and the owner gets paid. It is a common scam to miss call with that caller ID in hopes you would call it back. They are sort of like the old 1-900 numbers. 

This is going back maybe 10 years but there was a company in the Caribbean that if you called them it cost you about $35 in  undisclosed charges !   

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Monsoon
3 minutes ago, Davaoeno said:

This is going back maybe 10 years but there was a company in the Caribbean that if you called them it cost you about $35 in  undisclosed charges !   

Years ago we had some people hack into our phone system and place a bunch of these calls. Obviously to their benefit. Now we have a lot of different protections in place such as rate restrictions and PIN numbers to use higher rates. 

The rates weren't as high as $35, I think they banned most of those now. But even at an extra $0.25 per minute they can do a lot of damage over a weekend when you have something like 100 trunks. 

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Monsoon

There is also such a thing as premium SMS. 

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SkyMan
13 minutes ago, Monsoon said:

Check the numbers they could be what is called "international premium rate" - if you call it you get billed a higher tariff and the owner gets paid. It is a common scam to miss call with that caller ID in hopes you would call it back. They are sort of like the old 1-900 numbers. 

I have these blocked from my US cell phone because I end up making and receiving a lot of international calls so I could easily return a call to one of them unknowingly. 

Could be that's it.  Which is why I checked my load balance.  I might be sucker enough to answer one but they can forget me calling back intentionally.  Now sometimes my phone calls people on its own though.  And seems like a while back there were some 800 type numbers with heavy charges.  Like 888 or 877 numbers. not just 900.

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contraman
9 hours ago, SkyMan said:

5 from that same number in Oz

You can go on the web and look up phone numbers on places like reverse phones australia  :idontknow:

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Jester

Type the number into Google search bar, if it is some kind of scam and has been reported it will show up.  I don't answer calls not in my list.  If it is important they will leave a message.

 

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rep1

Don't answer unknown calls from Taiwan. We're well known for telephone scamming and have branches over China and Africa.

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DeedleNuts

If you have a phone that supports wifi calling you should be able to get a $9 ting SIM and use your hotspot for a USA number. 

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