A cautionary tale of scams, Sky and spoof caller IDs
Here's an interesting situation for all you aspiring private dicks, of which we believe there are many. Despite being on the TPS register, avid Bitterwallet reader Paul received a cold call from a call centre earlier in the week:
The company claimed to be Sky - they were trying to sell my wife some sort of extended warranty for Sky boxes and the internal and external cabling. We said we were interested and they asked for our address - the alarms bells rang because Sky already has it.
They then asked for our bank details, and we told them if they really were Sky, they wouldn't be asking for details they already had. They hung up shortly afterwards.
We've been Sky customers for six years or so, so these people knew that or they took a guess, and it's the first time we've ever had a call about insuring the cables?
Who Calls Me doesn't have any records of scam phonecalls from the number used - 0191 1273 384 548 - and it's perhaps no wonder, because it hardly look like a standard phone number. There are certainly too many digits for a number originating in North East England (0191 is the dialing code for Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham) or even an international number.
So while this is another warning about shady callers out there (assuming it's not Sky themselves), it's also perhaps a telltale sign of spoof caller ID services.
These services, which allow the user to appear to be calling from another number (or even mimic an existing one) exist in the US but not in this country - those that have tried to set up in the UK have been shut down by Ofcom.