Saturday, June 03, 2006

Mobile Phone Spam

Over the last few days I've missed several calls on my mobile from someone with the 02 (Sydney) number prefix. Normally, like most people, I would have called them straight back but I've recently heard about phone spammers calling mobile numbers and immediately hanging up. Their aim is for the recipient to call them back their thereby earning them cash. I grew suspicious when the first call came in at 6.18am (that's 8.18am Sydney time) and didn't leave a message on my voicemail (my phone was silenced). The only people calling me with an 02 prefix (especially at that time of day) would be business people seeking my services and in business you ALWAYS leave a message. Later calls I also somehow missed all with a similar 02 number.

Anyway today I did some checking about the numbers and guess what? They are spammer numbers. There are a whole swathe of them. skit.id.au and 4 wise monkeys have all the details. Here are the numbers (as of today) - they change apparently:

  • 02 8219 0500
  • 02 8303 8320
  • 02 8303 8321
  • 02 8404 2201
  • 02 8404 2203
  • 02 8404 2213
  • 02 8404 2215
  • 02 8404 2235
  • 02 8404 2236
  • 02 8404 2245
  • 02 8404 2296
  • 03 8102 9565
  • 03 8558 0556
  • 03 8558 1441
  • 03 8558 1442
  • 03 8558 1443
  • 03 8558 1444
  • 03 8558 1445
  • 03 8558 1446
  • 03 8558 1447
  • 03 9540 2950
  • 03 9540 5100
  • 03 9540 5101
  • 03 9540 5187
  • 03 9540 5189
  • 03 9855 2913
Keep alert. They make good pets.

3 comments:

Simone said...

Thanks!
To be honest, I would've thought it was an urban myth!(I'm a bit naieve...!).
I've had about 2 calls from 02 numbers in the last month. Haven't called them back anyway, as I don't know anyone at all over there that would have my number!

skribe said...

It's not an urban myth unfortunately.

Simone said...

Ha, it just happened again!
Ringed once, then stopped. Was a 02 number. So wrote it down, came in here, and yes, it's on your list!
02 8404 2236

Not that I was going to ring it back anyway, but at least I don't have to rack my brains trying to think who it might've been!

:D