I received a phone call today threatening my arrest. The message is: : “…is getting filed under your name. The moment you receive this message I want you to get back to me on my department division number 390135992. I repeat 390135992. Now if we don’t hear from you we have to issue arrest warrant under your name and and get you arrested. So get back to me as soon as possible. Thank you.”
I have noticed a lot of scam calls coming through on my landline with a 07 or interstate prefix. The calls seem to originate from the Philippines. Being in Perth and not having any eastern states contacts, I usually ignore them or sometimes answer in Polish. Now that causes total confusion and a desperate plea for ‘someone who speaks English’. Being retired it does offer some entertainment. I do notice I’m not getting so many calls lately.
… and sadly that is the key - people do take them seriously, which indicates there is still such a thing as (relatively blind) trust. Of course, these kind of automated mass-hit scams will eliminate that over time …
I wonder if scams like this explain the ‘phone rings and they hang up’ phenomenon. This sort of message is probably going to fall flat on a person-to-person call, so they need an answering machine or voicemail response.
‘bad people’ including some politicians are full on working to eliminate trust.
In the USA people are urged to call 911 to verify if the police car trying to pull them over is bona fide or not, because of the imposters who will rob, assault, or even kill. It is further eroding their trust in police through that second dimension, not as if some of the police don’t have enough of a problem.
As for pollies, when they purposefully destroy trust in everything it attracts fascist/extremist/conspiracy loving mentalities to their fold.
O M G! … They are onto me! I’ve apparently committed a “federal offence” and supposedly this is the 2nd time they (as in female voice robocaller) have tried to contact me, I have to immediately call 08 72000286 to avoid arrest.
Strangely, the phone did not ring, and there is no history of the call, I just got a message saying I had a voicemail message.
Nice knowing you @gordon. Thanks for all the help you have given the forum over the past 2+ years.
I hear that food on the inside has improved in the past few years. Has high iron content (just in case one is anaemic) but unfortunately can contain hormones (even if hormone free meat is used in the recipe).
There is a free service available (Reverse Australia) that often has data on these return-call scams. Both of the numbers mentioned here come up as multiple notifications of tax scam.
As far as I can tell they are legit. But have a look and satisfy yourself. The data may not be 100% as much it comes from the public but it looks useful to me. I would be surprised to see too many false positives.