BT Scam: IP Address hacked or router being swapped
There was a data breach in 2016 of BT and Sky customers data. We believe this is being used to give the scammers information to come across as if they are really calling from BT.
These calls are normally made from international numbers but don’t be fooled if it comes from a local number (this is easily spoofed).
Why are you receiving scammer calls?
Ensure you are not listing your name, address and number online
This makes you a target for scammers. Try and Google your name, number or your address to ensure you’re not listed on the internet.
Never give information over the phone
Anything you provide may be shared with other scammers or used to commit identity theft.
Don’t fall for it
Businesses are aware of these types of fraudsters and often will never contact you by phone. Our suggestion is to hang up and phone the company back (but don’t redial the last number who called you – find the phone number from elsewhere). Wait to hear a dial tone as sometimes they stay on the line and play along!
As cyber crime becomes big business scammers are all trying to cash in. Stay safe and watch out for other types of caller scams:
- Congratulations you’re specially selected (for this deal)
- You’ve won big money in a lottery abroad
- You’ve won one of three valuable prizes
- Fantastic Investment Opportunity
- Forcing you to make a decision on something immediately
- Trying to act like someone doing you a favour, asking if you trust them
- Computer problem cold callers, pretending to be from Microsoft, BT, Amazon & Apple!
Questions to ask, if you’re unsure
Try asking these questions to gauge if the caller is real:
- Why can’t you email/post me this information?
- Can I call you back so I can verify the number?
- What information do you have about me?
Are you receiving lots of these calls? It’s time to invest in a nuisance call blocker:
- Protect yourself from scam callers
- Stops persistent sales calls, recorded message calls and malicious calls
- The phone can be used as normal and you can monitor it over the internet
- Only trusted callers get through
- Easy to set up and use
The cold caller or scammer has to state their name before the call is put through. This means you can choose whether to accept the call.
Are you being inundated with nuisance calls?
What are you being asked and how are you dealing with them?
As this is going around again you can find out more recent info at our forum.