[AusNOG] "Telstra" scammers still at it...

Matthew Moyle-Croft mmc at mmc.com.au
Sat Feb 26 13:58:34 AEDT 2022

A lot of auto-dialers listen for that and will mark you as a fax machine and take your number out of the pool. Also will normally be a short call so to Rob’s point it’ll get marked.

Last one I talked to I just said “Do you really want to do this?” and they hung up immediately on me. 


> On 24 Feb 2022, at 6:41 pm, Damien Gardner Jnr <rendrag at rendrag.net> wrote:
> I just answer all calls and say nothing.  Actual legit people can’t take the silence and go ‘Uhhh hello?’  Scammers think they hit voicemail or something and hangup at the 4 second mark.
> I answer easy 10 calls a day, 9 of them hang up at 4 seconds.
> —DG
> On Thu, 24 Feb 2022 at 7:10 pm, Rob Thomas <xrobau at gmail.com <mailto:xrobau at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Can I *please* encourage everyone to answer any suspicious call, wait
> a few seconds, and then hang up. This does a couple of things.
> 1. It tells us (the carriers) that it's a suspicious call. We have
> reports on short-length calls, and if one of our clients is making 10k
> calls a day, of which 80% are 2 seconds long, that rings many MANY
> alarm bells.
> 2. Even if it's a carrier who is fast asleep, they're still going to
> charge the scammer for an answered call. No-one's getting free calls,
> no matter who they're dealing with. Answering the call, even for a few
> seconds, means it's costing them money.
> If it's NOT a scam call, and it's a real person, they'll call back. If
> it's a scam call, the auto-dialler will mark it as 'scammed', and move
> on to the next person.
> Feel free to share this around - this isn't rocket science, but if
> people don't know, they're not going to do it.
> tl;dr: Answer the scam call, wait 2 seconds at least, hang up.
> --Rob
> On Thu, 24 Feb 2022 at 12:58, Kai <vk6ksj at westnet.com.au <mailto:vk6ksj at westnet.com.au>> wrote:
> >
> > Just got a call on "0432 383 486" from "Alex Watson from Telstra, about
> > critical warning messages seen from my account recently".
> > Alex had a moderate Indian accent.
> >
> > I asked for his Telstra staff ID and he hung up. Hahaa.
> >
> > Just hope the next person they call doesn't think it's legit and end up
> > scammed.
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