John C. Kirk (johnckirk) wrote,
John C. Kirk
johnckirk

Telemarketers

I was woken up this morning by my mobile phone. I glanced at the caller ID, and since I was half-asleep I thought it was someone from work, but it was actually 01204 384100. When I answered, the caller introduced himself as Wayne (?) from Bolton, which is slightly odd: that's a city, not a company. He then asked whether I'd had any bank charges in the last six years. I was still pretty dozy at this point, so I wasn't quite sure whether this was a personal call or a work call; I asked him "Which account are you talking about?" and then he hung up.

I've done a bit of digging on the web, and found a few pages that mention this number:
http://www.phonespamfilter.co.uk/search.php/01204384100
http://whocalled.us/lookup/01204384100
http://whocallsme.com/Phone-Number.aspx/01204384100

Apparently the company is "Reclaim 2 Gain": they offer to help you reclaim bank charges in return for a fee. Some people have said that after giving the card number, the company pulled money out right away (between £40 and £100); I don't know the details, but that sounds pretty iffy. If you do want to reclaim bank charges, you don't need to go to a company like that anyway, because all the necessary info is available on websites.

I often get cold calls on my landline if I'm at home during the day, e.g. "You've won a free holiday!" or "Would you like to save money on your bills?", but it's unusual to get them on my mobile. So, this is just a quick public awareness post: if I get any calls like this, I'll just say "That's none of your business" and hang up.
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