Today I have been called three times from the numbers as follow:
+248 9999 68,
+248 9999 25,
+248 9999 37.
Caller ID shows name "Seychelles". I checked those number online and on website WhoCallsMe.com they are posted by many people today. I accidently answer one call, never called back to, and blocked all three numbers.
My question is there are a lot of people affected by this scam today, hoppefully most people understood that it's a type of scam. but anyway, most affected numbers are registered with Fido or Rogers (which is the same company basically). You have all users' data, and you must protect this data. Then how it happened than in one day so many people were called from the same numbers?? Don't tell me that the scammers use computer generated numbers, because most of the affected people were from Toronto Area. I've been living in Alberta for two years. but kept my Ontario number, so basically my information is registered in Ontario.
I do need real answers!!!! What kind of steps are you going to make to protect my personal information??
Probably about two weeks ago I received another call from +1 (867) 992-0248, it was recorded message from CRA (which I'm fully aware is a scam) with a treat to arrest me if I won't call them immidiatly. I blocked this number too.
Anyway, to block numbers it's not a solution to this, data protection is. And it feels that all personal information is leaking from Fido to the hands of scamers.
I do request to contact me and explain what is going on not in general term but with a technical solution!!!
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Welcome to the Community!
I completely understand that receiving those types of calls is not pleasant at all and can be a great irritant and I assure you that we take this very seriously.
You can also rest assured that we have nothing to do with these kinds of calls and don’t support them in any way. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything we can do to stop these companies from contacting you because there are no laws stopping them from doing so. But we do everything we can to lower their chances of getting in touch with you.
We use sophisticated anti-spam software in our network to protect you from spammers. The software has advanced threat detection algorithms to constantly hunt for and identify suspicious activity. We also have a dedicated team who monitors and detect for mobile messaging threats and creates configurations to block current/new issues in real-time.
We try our best to stop these kinds of activities, however, as much as we try, we can't stop them all!
Most importantly, we would never sell or share any of our customers' personal information, including phone numbers, as your privacy and security stays one of our top priorities!
Avoid picking up those calls as much as possible and make sure to block the unwanted calls by blocking the caller's number.
I also recommend reporting the incident to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre:
Their site provides a large amount of information on known scams.
You can check it out for more details.
still it does not help. As of today, April 17, I already received another fascinating call, this time from +269 8201145 (Comoros), it's first for today, but not last. So you saying that I'm being lucky to have Toronto number, no one in Alberta (with numbers registered in Alberta) has got such calls. It doesn't seem this develish program is going to move on to the different numbers in line... It's obvious that I won't call back, you don't need to be a Captain Obvious in this matter.
According to your theory, the program should go further this following sequence of numbers, but, somehow, I got a second shot of phone calls. Give me another fascinating explanation please. May be the computer felt in love with my number, it's so symmetrical, as a statistician I def could understand it.
Anyway, I got it, there is one solution - no solution. Thank you Fido. U stands for useless.
...no one in Alberta (with numbers registered in Alberta) has got such calls. ..
Are you sure about that? Did you watch the Consumer Alert portion on CTV video? Apparently, the scam started out in Western Canada before it made its way to Ontario. Perhaps you didn't receive that round of calls because your phone number is from Ontario. I only used that one Rogers prefix in Toronto as an example. It's just as easy to get the prefixes for other areas in Canada from that same website. It's happening across Canada and the US. **edit** It's actually happening Worldwide**
According to your theory, the program should go further this following sequence of numbers, but, somehow, I got a second shot of phone calls...
You likely got a second shot of phone calls (and possibly will get even more) because you inadvertently answered one of those calls. They now know that your phone number is active. That's how the sequential calling/SMS works. They systematically find active phone numbers and then concentrate additional efforts on those numbers.
@Irinac wrote:... It's obvious that I won't call back, you don't need to be a Captain Obvious in this matter.. .
I didn't direct that post at yourself in particular. I posted for any others reading this thread. I understand you might find it obvious not to call the numbers back, however, not everybody might find it as obvious. Why do you think the scams are still so lucrative for the scammers? Some people will end up calling them back -- even if it might only be accidental. If there isn't a return on their efforts, they wouldn't do it.
It's the same premise as those so-called Nigerian email scams. The emails are often filled with obvious spelling and grammatical errors. Those errors are included on purpose. The scammers want to weed-out the people who find the emails to be obvious scams. They concentrate their efforts on the people who respond to their email despite the errors. They're the ones with the greatest likelihood of providing their desired result. They don't want to waste their time corresponding with people who aren't likely to commit fully to their scam.
Regardless, the point of my earlier post was that scammers can target certain providers in certain cities without needing access to any particular providers' customer database. Fido did not sell your information. Fido's security has not been breached.
Hope this helps
Welcome to the community!
Just because you personally never had the issue with Bell doesn't mean that Bell is immune to these scams. Similar scams have affected Bell customers as well (see here). **edit** Bell (as well as Telus and Rogers) even tweeted out a warning to their customers (see here).** Unfortunately, no provider is immune to those scams.
Hope this helps
I have the same problem, can Fido help? It’s just a kind of harassment to me, I get 15 to 20 a day.... and they are all different numbers but similar. This started since April 16th 2018. I live in Toronto too. Please help
Welcome to the community!
Unfortunately, there isn't much that providers can do to prevent nuisance calls. However you might be able to block an entire country code from your phone by using the match criteria starts with rather than individual numbers using the exactly same as criteria. Using the numbers provided in the OP's post for example, creating a call block or call reject command using starts with +248 should block all numbers with that country code. That way you should be able to use a single command to block or reject all three of the numbers listed in that post. Obviously, if they start using a different country code, you will have to add that new country code to your phone's call reject list.
Hope this helps
I have same problem too. yesterday I blocked all numbers from +248 but last night about 2:00 AM, I woke up by a call from +269. Is there any other solution than blocking all foreign countries?
ok then, could you be nice and provide to me step by step instruction how to block all country codes, and I will be pleased if you will provide country codes (all African and Middle East, Carribian, and South American). And I will be devilishly pleased if the instruction will be in pictures, I’m in desperate needs of visual aids. I believe you have access to my personal info (you stated thet you can see my address in Alberta), so email will be fine. Thanks
Firstly, I do not work for Fido so I do not have access to your account information. I presumed you provided Fido with an Alberta address since you now live in Alberta.
You can find the required country calling codes here.
What phone do you have? Most phones should have the ability to block or reject calls. However, the phones would have slightly different methods of creating the call rejection commands. Generally, if you go to your phone's call settings there should be an option for call rejection or call blocking. It might look something like this:
Ensure your Auto Reject mode is set to Reject calls on Auto Reject list. To add a number to the Auto Reject list, press the Manage auto reject numbers. You should be provided with a screen to add a Number and select Match Criteria. You would enter the country code for the number (ie +248 for Seychelles). Under Match Criteria, select Starts with as shown below.
Hopefully you'll be able to find similar setting options in your phone. Those instructions should automatically reject the calls from all numbers beginning with +248, for example. You should note that these auto reject settings does not prevent the callers from leaving voicemail. The setting simply forwards the calls directly to voicemail without ringing the phone. There are (at least there were) some apps which could prevent callers from leaving voicemail, however, those apps answer the calls and almost simultaneously hang up the calls. That is, those calls would be considered as answered and therefore charged airtime.
Sorry I haven't provided more visual aids, but without knowing what phone you're using, the various menu options for the different phones can vary quite a bit. I often spend twice as long trying to find the same settings on my sister's phone than on mine!
Hope this helps
Hopefully this is the appropriate place to make this post.
I've received a phone call claiming to be from fido (was definitely not). The number was local to me 514 629 0000
The lady had a heavy accent and there was a baby screaming the entire length of her intro speech so when I asked "can you please repeat I didn't understand" her response was "you speak English so why don't you understand?"
It was something about meeting in front of a walmart for a special promotion but that's all I got cause she was extremely rushed and rude.
I know theres no way she could be employed by fido, and I'm not sure what kind of scam this is but putting it out here incase anyone else receives a call from this number.