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Spams question

by Regular Poster AaronC Regular Poster
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Hi Ive been texted a couple of spams lately and its worrying because it includes my name number and region.

One was a four digit number and one was a cell number that I called on landline and it is a disfunctional offline number.

So how can it say "From this number" at the top of my screen when it did not come from that number at all?
Isn't this a security weakness at Vodas end?

Surely you can enable reporting so that everytime a dodgy number sends this stuff we can flag it and then the number is disabled?

Thanks

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Re: Spams question

by Regular Poster AaronC Regular Poster
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Hello?

How can a fake number send me spam?

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by Senior Contributor capcomnz Senior Contributor
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@AaronC

They use a method called Caller ID Spoofing (and probably many other methods as well!!!)

Heres some links that descibes it:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caller_ID_spoofing

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/caller-id-spoofing/

 

No provider in NZ or anywhere will stop these 100% of the time, They will always fine new ways to annoy the s**t out of people!!

 

You can block these numbers on your cellphone or get an app from the app store (Google or Apple)

https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-block-a-number-in-android/

https://support.apple.com/en-nz/HT201229

 

I have statred to use one called WideProtect. Not sure if its on the Goople store for android phones.

This allows me to block numbers using a wildcard entry. For Example I can block numbers that start with 09 525

It also does not require a constant internet connection as some apps require this to check the number against an overseas database of spam numbers. It also allows me to block text message but I havent used this side of it yet.

 

You should also be able to call Vodafone with these numbers so they can follow up and investigate them.

Thats what I did several months ago. Then I got the WideProtect app on my iPhone and havent been bothered since

 

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