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Old 21 Jan 2021, 20:29 (Ref:4030521)   #451
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Next Wednesday at 21.00 hours, BBC 2 is starting a series on the history of Delorean. Whether it will be any good, who knows, but I have set it up to be recorded in case it is interesting.
Hopefully warts and all!

One or two people may not come out of it too well.
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Old 21 Jan 2021, 21:02 (Ref:4030525)   #452
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They are very prevalent here too. Unfortunately the couple who call on me speak English & carry English-language literature, so I cannot even get away with "Sorry, I don't speak French!

Having said that, they are a very pleasant couple & it is difficult to be rude to them.
Sounds like you are an an ideal target for them John.

"Shall we go out and spread the word today, Jean?"

"Of course, Marie. Let us go and practice our English with that nice gentleman in the next village..."
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Old 21 Jan 2021, 21:10 (Ref:4030526)   #453
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Getting fed up with 0203 phone numbers that keep ringing me on my land line and no one on the end ! It's obviously some type of scam that is trying to do something but what ?
Normally someone would try talking you into giving details to get at your money but it's just silent. I assume that they expect you to phone the number that would obviously cost you about a million pounds per minute ? Searching the internet hasn't come up with much but are other 10thers plagued with things like this ?
0203 numbers seem to be very common. They can send any number to the display.

The number of calls to our land line seems to have dropped off in recent weeks. But one I decided to pick up a couple of weeks back advised me that the warranty insurance cover on my washing machine had expired. A young lady form some far flung land.

"My washing machine is 20 years old, why are you calling me ..?" I asked.

Click and the line went dead.

Disappointed really. I would have loved an insurance option given its age.
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Old 21 Jan 2021, 21:11 (Ref:4030527)   #454
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Sounds like you are an an ideal target for them John.

"Shall we go out and spread the word today, Jean?"

"Of course, Marie. Let us go and practice our English with that nice gentleman in the next village..."
Since the Wuhu Flu started I don't think they've been knocking on doors, only leaving notes & literature in my mail box. Previously they were a bit persistent, though. If I didn't answer the front door, they would try the back, so no hiding in the kitchen!
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Old 21 Jan 2021, 21:57 (Ref:4030534)   #455
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If anyone fancies a Delorean warm up video try this one. I stumbled across it a few weeks ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzTe3dIfv-c
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Old 22 Jan 2021, 00:14 (Ref:4030546)   #456
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If anyone fancies a Delorean warm up video try this one. I stumbled across it a few weeks ago.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzTe3dIfv-c
I actually know someone that had a fair bit of money tied up with Colin Chapman at the time that the s**t hit the fan, he was very worried at the time !https://tcct.com/news/2020/04/the-my...ted-the-lotus/
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I actually know someone that had a fair bit of money tied up with Colin Chapman at the time that the s**t hit the fan, he was very worried at the time !https://tcct.com/news/2020/04/the-my...ted-the-lotus/

Very interesting. Does make you wonder a bit, but the truth is we’ll never know.
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Old 22 Jan 2021, 13:08 (Ref:4030636)   #458
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I just had one of the oddest probable spam phone calls I can remember.

A local number appeared and for once I decided to answer and maybe have some fun with it.

A robotic voice (like old school robot voices, somewhat akin to a Dalek sound) was delivering a message that "seemed" to have started before the call connected. Something about someone placing an order an "your" account for an iPad. If not "your" order hit a number to be connected to some department to discuss the matter.

No mention of a company name BUT of course one might assume that the early start to the message means one had missed it. It repeated the part about responding by hitting a button and that was that.

The local (Nottingham) number, when searched, offers no information although the same number lists in New Delhi. That might be coincidence.

I wonder if such a scam would also work via an answerphone message?. I suppose the scam nature of the call depends on whether they really do have "ownership" of the number used.

Has anyone else experienced this sort of automated cold call already?
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Old 22 Jan 2021, 13:17 (Ref:4030642)   #459
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I think I've bought 6 or 7 iPads recently.
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I just had one of the oddest probable spam phone calls I can remember.

A local number appeared and for once I decided to answer and maybe have some fun with it.

A robotic voice (like old school robot voices, somewhat akin to a Dalek sound) was delivering a message that "seemed" to have started before the call connected. Something about someone placing an order an "your" account for an iPad. If not "your" order hit a number to be connected to some department to discuss the matter.

No mention of a company name BUT of course one might assume that the early start to the message means one had missed it. It repeated the part about responding by hitting a button and that was that.

The local (Nottingham) number, when searched, offers no information although the same number lists in New Delhi. That might be coincidence.

I wonder if such a scam would also work via an answerphone message?. I suppose the scam nature of the call depends on whether they really do have "ownership" of the number used.

Has anyone else experienced this sort of automated cold call already?
You do get all the fun!

I just get a text message about once a month with a picture of a young(ish) lady - a different one each time - and the words something like 'you & me?'. They usually look a bit East European though.
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Old 22 Jan 2021, 13:56 (Ref:4030657)   #461
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You do get all the fun!

I just get a text message about once a month with a picture of a young(ish) lady - a different one each time - and the words something like 'you & me?'. They usually look a bit East European though.
These sound not dis-similar to the 'Friend Requests' I used to get on facebook a while ago. They seem to have petered out now.
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Old 22 Jan 2021, 13:59 (Ref:4030660)   #462
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I just had one of the oddest probable spam phone calls I can remember.A local number appeared and for once I decided to answer and maybe have some fun with it.A robotic voice (like old school robot voices, somewhat akin to a Dalek sound) was delivering a message that "seemed" to have started before the call connected. Something about someone placing an order an "your" account for an iPad. If not "your" order hit a number to be connected to some department to discuss the matter.No mention of a company name BUT of course one might assume that the early start to the message means one had missed it. It repeated the part about responding by hitting a button and that was that. The local (Nottingham) number, when searched, offers no information although the same number lists in New Delhi. That might be coincidence.I wonder if such a scam would also work via an answerphone message?. I suppose the scam nature of the call depends on whether they really do have "ownership" of the number used.Has anyone else experienced this sort of automated cold call already?

I had exactly the same call yesterday morning but didn't look at the caller i.d. to check the number. I reponded with two words ending in 'off'.
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Old 22 Jan 2021, 15:14 (Ref:4030689)   #463
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Excellent. As long as this is the new normal all is well.


3 in the last couple of hours.

Purporting to come from Nottingham, Reading and Edinburgh.

All from numbers that also seem to exist in India. And, no doubt, a few other places.
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Old 22 Jan 2021, 16:30 (Ref:4030710)   #464
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They do seem to blitz you for the day. Thankfully nothing here since the other day.
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Before we had these phone callers we used to get the cold calling at the door "Jehovah's Whiteness" that were a pain. However my father in law (RIP) was a very intelligent man (ex headmaster) who used to delight in talking at length to them about anything that came into his head at the time, they would then look at each other and quickly go away !

My race partner is a retired biology teacher - when visited by Mormons or Witnesses he used to take great delight in engaging them in earnest debate about the origin of life. It got to the stage where he reckoned the local Elders used to bring new canvassers round to him so that they could be better prepared to tackle critical comment


Where I live we sometimes get a visit from some group or other selflessly wanting to save my soul - who usually look very sorry for me and my profound atheism, but I've found them unfailingly polite, and I usually thank them for their concern and wish them well


New twist on the phone call situation today - a call on my mobile from someone who said he'd just had a missed call from me, and seemed genuinely surprised when I explained that my phone was on charge and hadn't been touched for the last couple of hours. Maybe the scammers are starting to use "cloned" or just random mobile numbers. I know that most displayed numbers on other scam calls are fake, so presumably they can fake a mobile number too......
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