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Hi guys!

 

Your help & advice please ...

 

I keep getting this message on my mobile from this number: +447759854814 ... virtually daily now:

 

Quote:

 

" FREEMAG: Our records indicate you may be entitled to 3750 pounds for the Accident you had. To claim for free reply with YES to this msg. To opt out text STOP "

 

Unquote

 

This is on my O2 network. I did speak to O2 and they say there is nothing that can be done. I find this incredible!, not even to produce a program on their network to block these numbers. :-x

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This is on my O2 network. I did speak to O2 and they say there is nothing that can be done. I find this incredible!, not even to produce a program on their network to block these numbers. :-x

 

Not O2's fault that someone is trying to send you a text, and certainly not O2's fault that they can't stop these texts coming through to you. Think of the millions and millions of texts sent every day and the massive amount of processing power required to filter texts as per customer wishes, it's simply not a possibility for a network to provide this service.

 

That said, there are 2 options. Firstly, register your number with the Telephone Preference Services to opt out of cold calling/texting (google them to find their website). Second option is depending on your phone type as it might have a block number facility itself. This would mean you technically still receive the texts, but your phone would delete them without alerting you to the fact and so essiantly they have been 'blocked'.

 

Let us know what model of handset you have.

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Not O2's fault that someone is trying to send you a text, and certainly not O2's fault that they can't stop these texts coming through to you. Think of the millions and millions of texts sent every day and the massive amount of processing power required to filter texts as per customer wishes, it's simply not a possibility for a network to provide this service.

 

That said, there are 2 options. Firstly, register your number with the Telephone Preference Services to opt out of cold calling/texting (google them to find their website). Second option is depending on your phone type as it might have a block number facility itself. This would mean you technically still receive the texts, but your phone would delete them without alerting you to the fact and so essiantly they have been 'blocked'.

 

Let us know what model of handset you have.

 

Nokia 6233i (old but hanging onto it as it is ultra reliable for me)

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Think of the millions and millions of texts sent every day and the massive amount of processing power required to filter texts as per customer wishes

Google

 

This is bulk sms spam much of which comes from a single source. The Networks are the ones who charge for delivering sms (singly or bulk).

 

and yes they can see it and they could stop it.

 

This bulk sms (spam) is being sent by companies harvesting marketing 'leads' for ambulance chasers.

 

"FREE MSG: Our records indicate u have been accepted for a £5,000 loan" would be sent out to build 'marketing lists' for loans companies.

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Google

 

This is bulk sms spam much of which comes from a single source. The Networks are the ones who charge for delivering sms (singly or bulk).

 

and yes they can see it and they could stop it.

 

This bulk sms (spam) is being sent by companies harvesting marketing 'leads' for ambulance chasers.

 

"FREE MSG: Our records indicate u have been accepted for a £5,000 loan" would be sent out to build 'marketing lists' for loans companies.

 

Thank you for appears to be considered knowledge in this area - interesting read!

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ive had this for the last three weeks

stopped now though

 

and yes

 

ime on 02 also

 

Thank you for your post ... it does make you wonder about the marketing with 02. Nothing for the last 3 days mind

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I have had it too, on o2!

Each Network Operator uses mobile phone number ranges allocated by Ofcom.

 

The spammers often select blocks of numbers from these ranges. These numbers are then given to the bulk sms company to send the messages to.

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Each Network Operator uses mobile phone number ranges allocated by Ofcom.

 

The spammers often select blocks of numbers from these ranges. These numbers are then given to the bulk sms company to send the messages to.

 

So by speaking to our network is a waste of time? right? as 02 for example has 20m + customers! ... not a lot we can do then

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Years ago in the days of dial up there was (still might be around) a program called Frogger which you could install on your PC and it rang every conceivable combination of numbers in your area and reported back who was connected -

 

I think there is a more modern version of this, or simply somebody types in 07590 (or whatever yours starts with) and adds a combination of numbers after that, quite easy to do with autofill on Excel...

 

They might get one or two interested but it still is blatant spam. I had one as well and I am on 02, still keep getting the odd message from Debtline Help companies.

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They might get one or two interested but it still is blatant spam. I had one as well and I am on 02, still keep getting the odd message from Debtline Help companies.

 

got mine this morning

 

want to write off your debts

 

02

you have been busted

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Are you guys signed up with TPS?

 

That stops unsolicited marketing calls.

If in doubt, contact a qualified insured legal professional (or my wife... she knows EVERYTHING)

 

Or send a cheque or postal order payable to Reclaim the Right Ltd.

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You wish! :)

I know lol. I should've said "stops all reputable companies contacting you unsolicited"

 

It does help... also gives you a rant to throw at them IE "You're breaking UK data protection laws even phoning me!"

 

One thing I do get is 8445591899 ringing my mobile once then hanging up thinking I'll call them back. (some low life recruitment agency... got my details of another recruitment agency that I did sign up for but specifically told them no marketing... gonna have to SAR them 'cos I'm feeling a little flush and £10 to make them squirm will make me feel happier :p)

 

I think I've had about a 90% drop in sales calls... about 99% stop in the total volume of calls now that I've taken the DCA's calls away (which happened with the help of CAG :p)

 

Maybe these companies would not last long if the ICO did it's job?

If in doubt, contact a qualified insured legal professional (or my wife... she knows EVERYTHING)

 

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TPS works for me too. When I get calls I just ask them where they got my number from and they hang up rapid.

 

British Gas rang me about an hour ago though to try and get me to go back to them. I've been away from them 4 years and wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. They must have had my number from when I was a customer - are they allowed to retain your number and make marketing calls 4 years later?

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TPS works for me too. When I get calls I just ask them where they got my number from and they hang up rapid.

 

British Gas rang me about an hour ago though to try and get me to go back to them. I've been away from them 4 years and wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. They must have had my number from when I was a customer - are they allowed to retain your number and make marketing calls 4 years later?

 

Hi, good 4 u!

 

Another way to get rid of unwanted marketing calls is to tell them you are renting and the owner of the property lives abroad - it really does work, they will never call again!

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TPS works for me too. When I get calls I just ask them where they got my number from and they hang up rapid.

 

British Gas rang me about an hour ago though to try and get me to go back to them. I've been away from them 4 years and wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. They must have had my number from when I was a customer - are they allowed to retain your number and make marketing calls 4 years later?

 

IMHO no. The 5th principle of data protection act does states "Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes." I'd say they are pushing their luck with this!

 

 

Also TPS only covers calls from within the EU, and companies already have a lot of call centerers in India etc... I think it wouldn't be hard to start a 3rd party company just to dial random UK phone numbers to sell their services.

 

TPS and MPS are both free so I recommend it to all my friends!

If in doubt, contact a qualified insured legal professional (or my wife... she knows EVERYTHING)

 

Or send a cheque or postal order payable to Reclaim the Right Ltd.

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923 Finchley Road London NW11 7PE

 

 

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IMHO no. The 5th principle of data protection act does states "Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes." I'd say they are pushing their luck with this!

 

Might fire them a letter quoting that, telling them to delete my record, and saying I'd rather stick pins in my eyes than have anything to do with them even if they gave me the gas for free.

 

You never know, maybe these companies will learn one day how important customer service is. Making all their staff redundant and relocating to India does nothing for their sales.

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TPS = Telephone Preference Service

MPS - Mail Preference Service

 

TPS therefore do NOT stop Junk Mail.

 

Yes, if you have been a customer at any time, they are allowed to call and write to their past customers. You have to specifically write and request removal of your permission to use your details for marketing purposes by phone. Your standard TPS listing does not work for firms that have 'established a relationship' with the call recipient.

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