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Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Getting weird calls from "V" phone numbers. What is going on?

I keep receiving calls from phone numbers starting with "V" the numbers are usually about 15 digits long. These seem to mostly prank calls and scammers. Anyone know what is going on?

 

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Mayor / Maire

Re: Getting weird calls from "V" phone numbers. What is going on?

Interesting. Are they people or recordings?

Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: Getting weird calls from "V" phone numbers. What is going on?


@z10user4 wrote:

Interesting. Are they people or recordings?


It is a bit of both, I would say about 60% recordings and 40% humans.

Mayor / Maire

Re: Getting weird calls from "V" phone numbers. What is going on?

@Poogzley"Just so you know the long V number represents the kind of electronic dialer the telemarketing company uses. The one that we use in the outsource firm I work for is called Vdial and it is a new dialer also called Megatronand we have only been using it for less than a year. It tracks each and every call and whether a telemarketer is rude to someone they have a record of it and has monitoring equipment in the system to monitor tms all the time for quality and help them learn how to sell the product. Alot of collection agencies that electronically dial use this Vdialer to call people. The drawback to it it calls people over and over alot and makes the public mad because this long V number they see it on their caller id and do not understand what it means. Since is is electronic and computer dialing the company can put any area code and number in there to show up on peoples caller id."

Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: Getting weird calls from "V" phone numbers. What is going on?


@RobertQc wrote:

@Poogzley"Just so you know the long V number represents the kind of electronic dialer the telemarketing company uses. The one that we use in the outsource firm I work for is called Vdial and it is a new dialer also called Megatronand we have only been using it for less than a year. It tracks each and every call and whether a telemarketer is rude to someone they have a record of it and has monitoring equipment in the system to monitor tms all the time for quality and help them learn how to sell the product. Alot of collection agencies that electronically dial use this Vdialer to call people. The drawback to it it calls people over and over alot and makes the public mad because this long V number they see it on their caller id and do not understand what it means. Since is is electronic and computer dialing the company can put any area code and number in there to show up on peoples caller id."


That is good to know. Now how do I get them to stop? I doubt that these are legitimate, the companies calling me are claiming to be Google and "Your major credit card company". I can't believe they actually say that...

Mayor / Maire

Re: Getting weird calls from "V" phone numbers. What is going on?


@Poogzley wrote:

@RobertQc wrote:

@Poogzley"Just so you know the long V number represents the kind of electronic dialer the telemarketing company uses. The one that we use in the outsource firm I work for is called Vdial and it is a new dialer also called Megatronand we have only been using it for less than a year. It tracks each and every call and whether a telemarketer is rude to someone they have a record of it and has monitoring equipment in the system to monitor tms all the time for quality and help them learn how to sell the product. Alot of collection agencies that electronically dial use this Vdialer to call people. The drawback to it it calls people over and over alot and makes the public mad because this long V number they see it on their caller id and do not understand what it means. Since is is electronic and computer dialing the company can put any area code and number in there to show up on peoples caller id."


That is good to know. Now how do I get them to stop? I doubt that these are legitimate, the companies calling me are claiming to be Google and "Your major credit card company". I can't believe they actually say that...


I don't think you can do much but try not to answer calls if you don't know who it is,  you can try the national do not call list it may help but that won't stop all scammers. They are already doing illegal things they don't care if your number is on a list. The best thing is to change your number and hope that one has less or no calls.

 

I am under the impression there are certain numbers that call you, to 1) see if the number is valid and 2) if you answer. If both cases are met you are added to some list where people will physically type in / select your number from the list and call you forever. So those calls could be prevented by never answering unknown calls (in both unknown to you, and unknown to your phone).... Kind of like the unsubscribe feature in a lot of "not legit" e-mails actually get you added to a list to get even more.

 

As for robodialers that try every combination there is nothing that can be done about that as they change their outgoing number to whatever they wan so you may block that number, but tomorrow it will probably be differet.

 

If I don't recognize the number, I don't answer. Ever. If its important they will leave me voicemail and call them right back. My voicemail says quite clearly I don't answer numbers I don't recognize. if you want me to call you back leave me your number or text me.

 

I can tell you, I get less than 1 spam/scam call per year. I can't even remember the last time it happened. Every call that gets left to my voicemail I don't reconize is canadian tire asking me for a survey after changing my tires, or something along those lines.

Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: Getting weird calls from "V" phone numbers. What is going on?

I know this is a real pain, but I block each and every spam call I get.  I also read the following suggestion on a forum, so I tried it and it seemed to work for me:

 

I was getting a lot of spam calls from certain area codes, so I created a "Spam" contact. In that "Spam" contact, I added in phone numbers that had only the area codes that were constantly calling. See screen shot.  Then I went into my phone settings and blocked this contact.

 

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I was pretty skeptical of this solution, but honeslty, the number of spam callers from these numbers is now nill, whereas previously I was getting several per hour. Maybe you could try creating a spam contact with "V" as one of the phone numbers, then block that contact?

 

Re: Getting weird calls from "V" phone numbers. What is going on?

Weren't cellular numbers banned from business calls, as at one time, even to receive incoming calls, the recipient was required to pay for airtime?

Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Re: Getting weird calls from "V" phone numbers. What is going on?

As a general habit of mine, if a number seems wrong or fake my answer is to not answer it.  If a voice mail is left then it is your choice.  If it is a legit call you will know.  Most scamers or tellemarketers will not leave a message.

Great Neighbour / Super Voisin

Re: Getting weird calls from "V" phone numbers. What is going on?

I never answer if I do not recognize the caller I.D..  If I hit the "ignore" button on my mobile phone, it goes to my voice mail.  So does that generate more telemarketing and spam calls?