Is this a scam?


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I just received a call on my mobile, and on the other side, the person identitfied herself as a representative of a health company, trying to sell me something. I promptly told the other party that i'm not interested and put down the phone.

I then only discovered that the caller was from China from my caller display. I then vaguely rememebered that there was a warning that was posted in the internet, warning people not to pick up such calls from China, or your number may be made use of.

However, I can't remember what the scam was and how it works, anyone of you know about this?
 

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I got an incoming call from china last night too (+86 country code), but the caller just ringed twice and disconnect. Don't know if my line will be affected too.

But just words of caution, if you don't expect any calls from overseas, better not pick it up.

What you vaguely read on the internet is true. It's something like that, though i don't know how it works exactly.. When you pick up the call, the other party will use your line to connect to another number and the both of them can have conversation as long as they want until they put the phone down. You will be the one who is paying for their talk time.

TS: you should call up your mobile service provider, and ask if there's any trunk call within the last 24 hours. That should help :)
 

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Thanks for your reply. :)

I've already called my service provider up, and they've advised me to remove my SIM card from the phone for half an hour. They have also taken note of the call too.
 

ortega

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just answering a call will not do anything
if i am not wrong you need to press some numbers on your phone

so just say you are not interested and put down the phone
 

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If they call u and drop off almost immediately, never ever call back. This is quite common in and from China. You may end up paying additional charges.
 

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I think the scam works by tricking you to call back. Picking up the phone should only cost you your local airtime if you don't have free incoming.
 

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I just received a call on my mobile, and on the other side, the person identitfied herself as a representative of a health company, trying to sell me something. I promptly told the other party that i'm not interested and put down the phone.

I then only discovered that the caller was from China from my caller display. I then vaguely rememebered that there was a warning that was posted in the internet, warning people not to pick up such calls from China, or your number may be made use of.

However, I can't remember what the scam was and how it works, anyone of you know about this?

Just kan them nicely done for a couple of seconds then put down the phone.

Telemarketers beware... :bsmilie:
 

xtemujin

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I've also received a call from a PRC lady asking me if I speak mandarin.

I just say that she got the wrong number.

Looks like the scm is gathering momentum. CS members beware.
 

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I've also received a call from a PRC lady asking me if I speak mandarin.

I just say that she got the wrong number.

Looks like the scm is gathering momentum. CS members beware.
I also got a call from a Chinese lady, asking me whether I speak mandarin. I pretended that I don't understand, then she just said thank you and byebye. The number is 85xx xxxx, I think it is a local number. Don't know what they are up to. :dunno:
 

Bored Dad

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Another form of scam is a China lady calling you and tell you that you had won some 'grand prize of USD$200,000' through a lucky draw organised by a China IT company which had their road show recently in Singapore (or Johor), but the call came from overseas, and they would need you to claim your prize. Either you can go down to the road show venue immediately to claim or can give them your bank account No. and NRIC No, then they will transfer the fund to your bank account.

Then they will call again and claimed that all procedures had being completed and the fund is ready for transfer, but before the transfer can take place, you must remit USD$5,500 into one of their designated bank account as a 'Personal Form Guarantee'.

What a scam! :angry: :thumbsd:
 

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I also received one strange call yesterday afternoon. The lady spoke with a very strong PRC accent (she claimed to be calling from HK but no cantonese accent traced), and couldn't speak nor understand english.
My phone showed "no number" display, so I couldn't really tell where the call was dialed from. :dunno:

She claimed that she's doing a survey for a casino in Singapore (?!? :confused: IR not even built mah. she refering to NTUC jackpot rooms meh? ). I just replied that I'm very busy and disconnect the line. I could hear lots of phone ringing and people speaking in her background (those typical telemarketing company calls background sounds that u'll hear).

I'd checked with my service provider too. They say as long as I have free incoming, I'm safe. There's no records of phone tapping so far, and they'd noted that similar cases of this kind is on the rise recently. :sweat:
 

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Another form of scam is a China lady calling you and tell you that you had won some 'grand prize of USD$200,000' through a lucky draw organised by a China IT company which had their road show recently in Singapore (or Johor), but the call came from overseas, and they would need you to claim your prize. Either you can go down to the road show venue immediately to claim or can give them your bank account No. and NRIC No, then they will transfer the fund to your bank account.

Then they will call again and claimed that all procedures had being completed and the fund is ready for transfer, but before the transfer can take place, you must remit USD$5,500 into one of their designated bank account as a 'Personal Form Guarantee'.

What a scam! :angry: :thumbsd:
I got the same call from JB, they say the road show at Ah FOOk Kawy. They say I won a second tier prize given out by Hong Kong Horse Racing association. They are very persistence, called a few times asking me to collect the prize. I told them I will check with the Hong Kong side, and they never called back again.
 

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Another scam to beware is the hifi equipments and speakers selling from a Van.:bigeyes:
I kana approach by this kind of van twice once ehind Sim Lim the other at my place multi story carpark.Tell them I dont need e Hifi or Home entertainment system for free :sticktong Hey but what is the catch, how they con people? anyone got any ideal? I kepoo ahh....:p
 

lsisaxon

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I also got a call from a Chinese lady, asking me whether I speak mandarin. I pretended that I don't understand, then she just said thank you and byebye. The number is 85xx xxxx, I think it is a local number. Don't know what they are up to. :dunno:
I got one from +85 1111. It's a Macau number, telling me I've been selected to go Macau for some dunno what opening ceremony blah blah.. I told her she must be mistaken because I'm in SG, she replied they are doing telemarketing and targetting SG. The second time I received a call from +85, I just end call.
 

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I got one from +85 1111. It's a Macau number, telling me I've been selected to go Macau for some dunno what opening ceremony blah blah.. I told her she must be mistaken because I'm in SG, she replied they are doing telemarketing and targetting SG. The second time I received a call from +85, I just end call.
It does not look like Macau number leh....
 

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