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Bizarre cold-call?

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bubblybox Sat 28-Jun-14 14:13:31

Had a phone call from a phone number that came up as "Hastings" on my mobile (despite me not having Hastings in my contacts list).

The woman on the other end said this was a call regarding a claim I or someone in my property has made in the last 2.5 years.

I said that I didn't know what she was talking about. She said she had my phone number and reg plate as someone had given her these details regarding a motor vehicle accident made in the last 2.5 years.

I said I hadn't had a vehicle accident in the last 2.5 years and neither had anyone living in my property. She then said perhaps it was an error.

I then asked if this was a sales call. She sighed and said no, it wasn't a sales call. Then there was silence. I said bye. She asked if she could get more information and I said bye again. There was silence. Then I hung up.

What the hell was that about? I have just renewed my car insurance very recently and used a price comparison website to get quotes beforehand. I thought cold-callers were a bit less weird than this though confused and unless I've been sleep-driving, I haven't had a road accident in the last 2.5 years!

RhondaJean Sat 28-Jun-14 14:14:42

Has someone made a claim against you?

bubblybox Sat 28-Jun-14 14:15:14

No!

Nomama Sat 28-Jun-14 14:15:57

Did she read out your reg plate? Or did she ask you to confirm what it was?

BitOutOfPractice Sat 28-Jun-14 14:16:21

It's a fishing call - punting for busness from one of these claims companies. Ignore it

Chocotrekkie Sat 28-Jun-14 14:18:27

I had one of these a few weeks ago as well - I haven't been in an accident or claimed on insurance either.

I get them all the time about an accident in my name/my vehicle. I've never had one. <touch wood> It's bollocks. Don't worry about it smile

bubblybox Sat 28-Jun-14 14:19:38

Nope, I refused to give out any of my details over the phone. AFAIK she just had my mobile number.

I'd be glad if I can just ignore it - but the way she made it sound as if I definitely had been in a road accident surprised me so much! gullible

Nothing recent - I did have a call a while back from someone claiming to be able to award me some money because me or someone in my family had recently had an accident.
I asked if it was about poor great uncle Clarence who'd been seriously injured when his home-made time machine had exploded? Or was it Aunt Ethel who had been sat on by an elephant?
They hung up on me.

PrueDent Sat 28-Jun-14 14:28:52

Apparently someone in my household has

a) Been involved in a motor accident in the last 3 years

b) worked in an industry and contracted an industrial disease

c) ownership of a computer with a virus

d) ownership of a computer making illegal downloads.

Oddly, when pressed, the caller is unable to give more details than someone in this household.

Sparklingbrook Sat 28-Jun-14 14:31:55

We keep getting the industrial hearing loss one. they know both mine and DH's full names. Unnerving.

specialsubject Sat 28-Jun-14 14:37:24

ignore, except for reporting here:

ico.org.uk/concerns

they try all these things as they hope they'll hit on someone who will have one of these issues. BTW if you don't tick the 'opt out' box on the electoral register EVERY YEAR you get loads of these.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 28-Jun-14 14:40:47

The call may have come up as "Hastings" as it had a Hastings area code. If I get phone not from contact list phone will google the number

I think you'll find it is down to the price comparison website. I had quite a lot of unsolicited calls after I used one.

They will be fishing for business. Trying to find people who have been injured in an accident who have sued for compensation. who they can then represent and get a cut of any money paid.

MaryBennett Sat 28-Jun-14 14:46:05

Scam.

Someone rang me and said they had record of our car being in an accident. I said no it hadn't and asked where this information had come from. She dodged the question and asked me was I sure. I told her that if she ever called me again I would contact the police.

I don't know what she was doing or why but it certainly wasn't legit.

My dad got asked all sorts of medical things once and the lady told him she'd made an appointment for him at his Doctor's. He turned up and the Reception staff there were horrified. Said they had never heard of this happening before and there was no record of it on their system.

Ithink it might all be to do with falsifying details on fake identities maybe?

And don't ever give out information over the phone. Tell them you're having dinner and they need to ring back. They never ring back.

Nomama Sat 28-Jun-14 15:34:25

Time machine and elephants... oh I am so going to remember that, MrsCosmopilite grin

coppertop Sat 28-Jun-14 15:45:22

I had one of these a few years ago. The woman insisted that someone in our household had been involved in a car accident and got quite annoyed when I said that they hadn't.

Then she asked if any of my family had been involved in an accident, at which point I said goodbye and put the phone down.

I remember reading somewhere that it's the price comparison websites who sell the information on.

coppertop Sat 28-Jun-14 15:46:21

Few years? I mean a few weeks ago.

groupiedoo Sat 28-Jun-14 16:42:01

Omg the fun you could have with the industrial deafness call! I couldn't help it I'd have to keep saying'sorry I can't hear you'

groupiedoo Sat 28-Jun-14 16:44:56

I particularly like the'your computer has a virus' one, I keep them going for ages, the excitement on the other end is palpable! When eventually asked for my password I tell them it's'scamming cunts' and would they like me to spell it

WilliamShatner Sat 28-Jun-14 16:44:58

The only way it would come up with a contact name as if you have the name saved on either your device or sim or both.

Go to dial the number. If you input it and it comes up as you are calling Hastings then at some point you or someone with access to your phone has saved the number.

If saved to sim only it may not show in your contacts.

immortalwife Sat 28-Jun-14 16:46:20

I had one yesterday that made me rather upset.... It came up as westonsupermare which was weird, and when I answered she was asking me if I want to make a will! I was trying to say to her that when I make a will I will look for a solicitor or equivalent personally, not just agree to one over the phone, and she then launched into a speech about how I was putting my children in danger of having nothing when I die young ...

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 28-Jun-14 16:52:38

The only way it would come up with a contact name as if you have the name saved on either your device or sim or both.

Unless you have an up to date android phone...
www.androidguys.com/2013/11/05/google-details-smart-caller-id-feature-android-4-4-kitkat/

I've had a couple of cold calls recently that purported to be regarding a collision I've had in my car - not my fault - within the last 2 years. IMO they are ambulance chasers who are fishing to see if there is an ambulance here to chase, if you see what I mean.

I catch them out by feeding them ever more extreme details, which they agree with, and then telling them it never happened and I am on the TPS so they shouldn't call me.

Deverethemuzzler Sat 28-Jun-14 16:57:05

I get calls about my debts all the time.
I don't have any.
I also get calls about my recent accidents, the ones that I have never had.

Its tedious.

Deverethemuzzler Sat 28-Jun-14 16:58:26

Those microsoft one are arses. If you tell them to fuck off they will sometimes call you back and tell you off for swearing shock

DoAndroidsDream Sat 28-Jun-14 17:10:18

Those microsoft one are arses. If you tell them to fuck off they will sometimes call you back and tell you off for swearing shock

The Microsoft ones are vile. There must be people falling for it and are conned into spending money.

Sparklingbrook Sat 28-Jun-14 17:10:52

I hate the recorded ones. You say 'hello?' and they start LISTEN CAREFULLY TO THE FOLLOWING.....

MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels Sat 28-Jun-14 17:19:48

The recorded message ones are so effing irritating. I seem to get them all the time. I get the accident ones as well, and whenever I press them (in pseudo anger) on where they got my information from they go all defensive and hang up on me!

BanjoKazooie Sat 28-Jun-14 17:27:25

If it were ok they would be able to contact you in writing as I think insurance companies usually have access to DVLA database. However, the chances of it being non - spammy is minuscule.

You definitely can get numbers coming up as 'names' even if you have never called them and don't have them in your contact list, at least I can on my iphone.

I would report it DETAILS HERE

I report every spammy phone call and spammy text I get.

Oldraver Sat 28-Jun-14 17:27:40

I had someone insisting a family member had had an accident...they insisted they knew.

So I told them all about DS falling off his bike, answered all the questions and he tapped away the replies, including he grazed his knee/elbow. When we came to 'what treatment' and I replied ...kissed it better and put on a mickey Mouse plaster he twigged grin

When I'm in the mood its fun to play them..usually I just put the phone down

Stratter5 Sat 28-Jun-14 17:31:32

The Microsoft scammers get a dog whistle

Sparklingbrook Sat 28-Jun-14 17:33:09

I have never had a Microsoft one. sad I feel I have missed out.

The Industrial hearing loss people were adamant that DH was entitled to his £2000 even though he has no hearing loss.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Sat 28-Jun-14 17:41:18

I Loved the MN'er who responded to the accident one with 'oh yes it was awful...I died you know' apparently there was a silence then the caller said 'i will take you off our database then shall I' grin

SecretSpy Sat 28-Jun-14 17:53:13

I have said I diedsmile
I have also said that the person they are asking for died in a terrible cross stitch accidentgrin
and yes I had a car accident both my arms fell off
and no I don't have a computer I don't have electricity or even a phonewink

I told one to piss off and they rang back about ten times in a row though the twatssad

I answered in French, when one particularly persistent chap called back. He knew it was me - I didn't disguise my voice at all - I just refused to answer in anything but French. He gave up, and didn't ring back again - which was a shame, as I was hoping to give my German an airing too! grin

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 28-Jun-14 17:58:53

I don't have my landline plugged in & I miss out on all the fun.

Trillions Sat 28-Jun-14 18:01:06

Yeah, if you have an Android phone with the latest software, callers will be identified when possible - think they do it with a reverse phone number lookup. So your call probably came from www.hastingsdirect.com/ fishing for business.

WilliamShatner Sat 28-Jun-14 18:02:47

Itsallgoingtobefine, thanks for that info.

I wasn't aware of that.

DH had an interesting one last week.

DS2 had crashed his car (which is insured in his name, no reference to DH at all) & DH rang the RAC to organise recovery. We later cancelled that & arranged recovery locally.

Anyway a couple of days later DH got a call from some insurance company - or something (he was in the supermarket & was confused by it all) & did he want to make an injury claim (or something) in connection with it.

They can only have been given DH's number by the RAC or the recovery company. Very dodgy hmm

BMW6 Sat 28-Jun-14 18:15:40

I tell the car accident callers that I've already received a large settlement Thanks Very Much - if they ask how much I say a quarter of a million pounds.

Usually followed by a long silence from the caller and then "Um Ok Bye" grin

cakesonatrain Sat 28-Jun-14 19:18:59

I had one purporting to be from EE the other day. She asked me to confirm my full name and I gave her a cheery "No!". She said "I do have all your details" and I said "That's very nice for you".
She did a sort of "oh, well" and asked me if I was interested in some offers and didn't seem bothered when I wasn't.

I had a real one from EE ages ago, and when I wasn't prepared to give him my date of birth he was quite good and told me how some of the digits in my DOB add up, iyswim.

MyLifeIsLikeARiverOfSweetcorn Sat 28-Jun-14 20:09:30

This is hilarious!

I had one recently telling me a member of my family had an accident I had them on for ages and when they finally asked what the accident was I said dd fell of her scooter. They hung up.

CruCru Sat 28-Jun-14 22:24:05

The other day I had one who was insistent that someone in my house had had a road accident but pretended not to understand when I asked her who she was trying to reach. She mumbled that they had the details off the DVLA and then hung up.

Oldraver Sun 29-Jun-14 22:55:32

I had my first Microsoft one a while ago and I got DS's My First Laptop out and played along. When he asked what I could see on the screen I said "A monkey on a spaceship"... I had to repeat it and he then became a bit abusive ending with "Fuck you".

Last week I had a PPI one insisting I had a loan.... so told them yes, and it was "Mum"..which bank "Bank of Mum"..I even had to spell it out. They hug up on me

I was once asked who supplied my electicity...I said the wires into the house..that caused some umming

OH says he can always tell when I'm in the mood for fun by how I say Who's speaking grin

deakymom Mon 30-Jun-14 00:00:03

i have the accident ones ring me i ask does having children count my daughter wasn't planned hmm

for the car crash ones i point out i have no licence they are quick to say i could be the passenger im quick to ask why i would sue my husband for crashing the car

industrial illness i tell them im half deaf from the industry ive worked in for the last 14 years what's the name of my industry? parenting my job title is "mum"

the best one was the trip to south africa the man on the end of the phone was adamant i had entered a competition and stated my intent to visit his country soon i dont even have a valid passport!

the worst was the blood people i filled in a survey and checked the box unable to donate blood they passed on my details anyway i had to explain to them i have graves disease im unable to donate blood she was pretty peeved i pointed out i did not express an interest in giving blood but i didn't get too narked with her its not her fault she was given the wrong information the people i did the survey for got both barrels!!

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