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    new scam from nigeria

    Just a warning to the guys and girls in the UK.
    My wife has a mobile phone and it has been ringing once a couple of times a day.
    The incoming call starts with 00234.
    If she returned the call I have no doubt the phone call would cost ALOT of money.
    So if anyone out there get the same sort of thing, DO NOT return the call.

    Last edited by Dwarf; 21 Jan 2009 at 01:53 PM. Reason: Added emphasis
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    Re: new scam from nigeria

    this is why i make a policy to not answer calls that are not on my contacts, or if the caller has hidden their number...

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    Re: new scam from nigeria

    Cheeky buggers.

    Is 00234 Nigerian?

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    Re: new scam from nigeria

    Hey, at least they are not trying to send you Millions of Dollars as soon as you give them your bank account!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AstaLaVista View Post
    Hey, at least they are not trying to send you Millions of Dollars as soon as you give them your bank account!
    lol

    Quote Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
    Cheeky buggers.

    Is 00234 Nigerian?
    On an incoming call yes. I have checked the BT website to see who was calling.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dzomlija View Post
    this is why i make a policy to not answer calls that are not on my contacts, or if the caller has hidden their number...
    I did not recognise the number and it was from outside the uk so we did not answer. The thing is it was only ringing once then they would hang up, they were trying to get us to ring them.

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    Re: new scam from nigeria

    If ever you receive a call like this, and you find that it starts 00234 (for the UK, other countries will be different, but this part of the number will end in 234), then DO NOT return the call. Obviously, if you have friends or relatives who live in Nigeria and they phone you, you will know their number and can recognise it. Like scam e-mails, where they use social engineering/manipulation techniques in persuading you to yield personal information, this is another method. This type of phone call originates on automatic dialing machines, whose sole purpose is to randomly dial numbers anywhere in the world. It also listens for any replies from people who choose to reply. The reason why they tend to ring just once is so that it doesn't cost them anything - you only get charged for calls when they are answered. It then saves the numbers of people who reply, which are then given to other scammers, meaning that if you do reply you will more than likely get a huge increase in this type of call, both from Nigeria and elsewhere.

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    Yes 00234 is from Nigeria, they sent me a text (SMS) which read "hello brode, how is your body now? I hope you are feelingbetter now? pls take care of yourself and always eat fruit, talk to you later" - I am grateful for the advice on the 5 a day, but this is a SCAM. I contacted a friend who says if you respond by text, it will cost you hundreds of dollars which is taken from your direct debit....

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