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Woody
30-06-2012, 05:13 PM
Just had yet another call from somewhere in the Far East telling me that my computer was putting out damaging stuff onto the internet.
You know the crap - it's been around for a year or two.
The difference this time is that they didn't hide their phone number which I thought was a bit strange.
I rang it back but Telecom operator said "This number is no longer obtainable, or has changed."
I've had calls from this number several times over the last few days with nobody on the end but this time she wanted to chat.
When she asked me to turn on my computer I told her I don't have one - Click!
The number - 0024 5896 4256

prefect
30-06-2012, 05:22 PM
No **** man we have been called about every 10 days for months.
They just get the : I don't own a computer, I couldn't even turn one on and the ***** hang up up on me.

Ulsterman
01-07-2012, 02:06 PM
I'm still surprised that they believe there are still people out there who have not heard of these scams. Surely everyone has heard?:groan: If you have not heard, where do you live? On another planet?

bonzo29
01-07-2012, 02:41 PM
interestingly there is no country with intn. code 0024
see below:

There is no country with the country code 0024. Country codes beginning with +24 have three digits, and are located in Africa.
You need one more digit. Three-digit country codes beginning with +24 are in Africa.
'00' is a common prefix for international calls, but it is not part of the country code. There are ten country codes in Africa beginning with 24, but you need the next digit to be specific.
There is no such code, but many three-digit country codes begin with 24.
you need the next digit. 00240 is Equatorial Guinea, 00241 is Gabon etc tho 00249 for Sudan
They are all in Africa


Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_country_has_country_code_0024#ixzz1zKo59msR

Woody
01-07-2012, 04:16 PM
Hey Ulsterman, try reading first two sentences of my post - it's obvious that I've heard of them - Duh !
Perhaps your pseudonym explains it all.
Cheers anyway

gary67
01-07-2012, 07:36 PM
You must all be getting my share, we have never had anyone call us, possibly being out of the phone book helps although I thought they used number generators.

What part of Nelson are you Woody?

Nomad
01-07-2012, 08:04 PM
We had a few travel scams or lottery wins. But never any computer scams.
I guess like many other things, some people just don't get caught up with the info. Sure it has been on the news but if it is something that is not a concern for you you just don't pay attention and if you colleagues don't talk about IT stuff. They might instead talk about baking or opera. When I went to Thailand for the first time, many people have heard of it but I actually haven't. Sure I bought a Lonely Planet guide and it said watch out for the tuk tuk scams but I wasn't aware of the mechanics.

I didn't bother to do a google search b/c I thought that I paid $60 for this guidebook, should be all that I need. None of my friends incl those who live in Thailand said anything to me. They were very convincing, so I got had. They would have one person who talk to you being v friendly and then the driver tries to argue with him ... at the end I got the promised low price which the driver reluctantly agreed to and I was taken to all the places for him to get commission. It was not a normal scam that the driver just approach you directly.

Woody
02-07-2012, 01:34 PM
You must all be getting my share, we have never had anyone call us, possibly being out of the phone book helps although I thought they used number generators.

What part of Nelson are you Woody?

Atawhai- where You ?

gary67
02-07-2012, 03:39 PM
Lets just say I can watch the helicopter landing at the hospital, the helipad is lower than us here on Brunner st so right under the Grampians

Ulsterman
03-07-2012, 08:45 AM
Hey Ulsterman, try reading first two sentences of my post - it's obvious that I've heard of them - Duh !
Perhaps your pseudonym explains it all.
Cheers anyway

Sorry, Woody. I was not saying that you were thick, I meant that I thought that the people making the calls would have realised by now that most people have heard of these scams and would not be fooled, but they don't seem to have grasped that fact.

My apologies. I certainly did not think you were that silly.:o

Woody
03-07-2012, 10:34 AM
Sorry, Woody. I was not saying that you were thick, I meant that I thought that the people making the calls would have realised by now that most people have heard of these scams and would not be fooled, but they don't seem to have grasped that fact.

My apologies. I certainly did not think you were that silly.:o

Thanks Paddy, no prob,
I think the reason they persist is that even if they only get a 1% hit rate, over many thousands of calls, that can be a lot of dollars.
I guess I will have had several hundred calls over the past year or two.
The reason I poted this time is that a phone number was available even though it was fudged - normally it has been "private call"

Cheers

bluenose
03-07-2012, 11:17 PM
interestingly there is no country with intn. code 0024
see below:

There is no country with the country code 0024. Country codes beginning with +24 have three digits, and are located in Africa.
You need one more digit. Three-digit country codes beginning with +24 are in Africa.
'00' is a common prefix for international calls, but it is not part of the country code. There are ten country codes in Africa beginning with 24, but you need the next digit to be specific.
There is no such code, but many three-digit country codes begin with 24.
you need the next digit. 00240 is Equatorial Guinea, 00241 is Gabon etc tho 00249 for Sudan
They are all in Africa


Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_country_has_country_code_0024#ixzz1zKo59msR

As you say in the quote "There are ten countries in Africa beginning with 024, but you need the next digit to be specific".
In the original post the next digit is "5" hence the country in question is Guinea-Bissau. This info provided by Wiki.

Bluenose.