The Anonymous Widower

How Do Scammers Get Your Phone Number?

I’ve had my phone number here for about six months.  Usually once, a day, I’m hold I have had an accident, my Windows computer needs fixing or some other scam.  I say that the phone is registered with the Telephone Preference Service and usually say that if they’re telling me I have an accident, then would they please get lost.  They usualy hang up pretty sharpish.

But how did they get my number and a name to go with it?

Few people have that link except my friends and the others probably include, BT, my bank, John Lewis and a couple of other shops, and perhaps a few on-line shops and couriers.

So who got a  nice kickback from the scammers to give them my phone number and name and address?

After all, a  verified name must be worth a few bob. so it is worth paying for.

It would be nice to find some little tow-rag, who has sold a few names and give them a few months in one of Her Majesty’s Prisons.  That would surely encourage the others!

February 3, 2012 - Posted by | World | ,


  1. […] A few weeks, ago I asked how scammers got your phone number and other details. […]

    Pingback by A Question Answered « The Anonymous Widower | March 18, 2012 | Reply

  2. lets see who gives your phone number out for one and i know by fact inland revenue when you buy a tv as well they pass that information on too. Plus when you are online with your computer or laptop there are a lot of fishing site’s facebook comes to mind fill this form out and we will give you something free not knowing there making there money by using your details.

    Comment by kbos2hm | March 18, 2012 | Reply

    • I suspect it was a courier company that delivered something to me. It was one I’d never heard of and totally unprofessional. The calls started soon after. Perhaps someone bought the company and sold the mailing list.

      As to Facebook, I don’t use it, as I think it’s a complete waste of space.

      The inland Revenue don’t have my phone number, as my accountant deals with them.

      Comment by AnonW | March 19, 2012 | Reply

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