The Week in Nuisance Calls: The Top 5 Most Wanted Numbers

Dear friends of tellows,

as daily comments on tellows around the globe demonstrate, peace and quiet at home without the slightest unwanted ring of the telephone have become somewhat of an utopia to most consumers. This week’s list includes some of the usual suspects as well as newcomers with a particularly high percentage of silent callers. Let’s have a look:

1. 078564248 from New Zealand with 2 comments and 596 search requests. tellows Score: 8
2. 044725543 from New Zealand with 3 comments and 2782 search requests. tellows Score: 6
3. 0392439488 from Australia with 2 comments and 452 search requests. tellows Score: 7
4. 0296123591 from Australia with 4 comments and 1404 search requests. tellows Score: 6
5. 0756354628 from Australia with 2 comments and 2929 search requests. tellows Score: 6

Starting off with an old acquaintance, number 078564248 from New Zealand ranks on our first place this week. Making its first appearance on the list in July this year, the number is still one of the most wanted with calls originating from Hamilton. Based on the experiences of our users, the caller makes incessant silent calls that are pereceived as harassment.

An even worse repeat offender is the number 044725543, ranking on our second place this week. Again, many of our users complain about frequent silent calls. User Johan voiced his frustration, commenting:

one of those annoying computer-generated spam phone calls, what a pain! PLEASE STOP CALLING ME !!!!

Calling from Melbourne, Australia, our third place, number 0392439488 is a newcomer to the list and has been rated as rather untrustworthy with a tellows score of 7. Similarly to the first two numbers, users have complained about receiving continuous calls with no answer. User Pene wrote:

Unknown caller who left no message on voicemail. so who are you??

With calls originating from the Australian capital Sydney, the number 0296123591 ranks on fourth place. Although most users question the authenticity of the number, some report that they have been receiving telemarketing calls while other complained about consistent prank calls.

Our final number for this week, number 0756354628 from Australia, has been making unwanted calls as well. According to our users, the telemarketing calls are made if you have given the number to the company. User Klárča reported:

First I thought this might be prank calls and didn`t lift the phone. But it`s just Surf life saving. I once took part in a lottery, that`S why they called me. They asked for donations.

In order to avoid unwanted telemarketing calls, be careful who you provide personal information with and what terms you agree to when filling out forms even when using seemingly trustworthy services. Sometimes you unwittingly subscribe to unwanted telemarketing services or other forms of spam calls. If you have been receiving telephone spam calls, you are more than welcome to share your knowledge with our tellows community to warn others. Other than that, have a lovely and hopefully spam-free weekend.

Your tellows team

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This Week’s Most Wanted Numbers

Dear friends of tellows,

it has been another week and for some of you, the telephone lines have been rather busy. As always, we have the top 5 telephone numbers from New Zealand and Australia that have been calling for sometimes unknown, sometimes unwanted reasons:

1. 0800222378 from New Zealand with 2 comments and 3004 search requests. tellows Score: 8
2. 099204056 from New Zealand with 3 comments and 1354 search requests. tellows Score: 7
3. 044630500 from New Zealand with 2 comments and 910 search requests. tellows Score: 6
4. 0280829776 from Australia with 2 comments and 1127 search requests. tellows Score: 3
5. 0242316708 from Australia with 2 comments and 204 search requests. tellows Score: 5

Our first number for the week, 0800222378 has been occupying New Zealand consumers for quite a while now, reappearing on our list all throughout the year ever since its first entry in January. Most of our users have received a message by an unknown originator asking them to call the number back without further information as to why.

Ranking on the second place, number 099204056 is no stranger to our top 5 as well. While most of our users reported calls from the number as telemarketing, user Apple was able to provide further information:

Holiday innes telemarketing? introduce people to join priority privilege card, and they won’t tell you it will cost $299 mebership fee a year, so untrustable.

Even though the third number, 044630500, is rated with a tellows score of 6 and has been reported for quite some time, information are still scarce. Most users have complained about frequent and often silent calls from this number.

With a tellows score of 3, our fourth number 0280829776 from Australia appears to be a trustworthy number with many users allocating it to a wireless communications brand. User Ah Gav wrote:

Received one, it was from VirginMobile Australia. (called to resolve some issues reported to them recently).

Calling from Wollongong, Australia, our fifth and final number for this week, 0242316708, has been rated as neutral with a tellows score of 5. According to our users, the caller conducts surveys, although some question the authenticity of the calls: user Michael commented:

wanted to do survey, could be a hoax… this call was at 8.30pm

We hope you have a nice telephone scam and spam-free weekend! – And if you don’t, you know what to do and who to share your information with.

Your tellows team

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Different Month, Same Story: The Top 5 of Nuisance Callers

Dear friends of tellows,

there is something interrupting our everyday life that just won’t quit no matter what the month is – and unfortunately even within the first days of September, some of you have been bothered with unsolicited telemarketing and nuisance calls. To see which numbers have been particularly active in the past week in Australia and New Zealand, let’s have a look at this weeks top 5 of most wanted numbers:

1. 078571502 from New Zealand with 5 comments and 8345 search requests. tellows Score: 6
2. 044725543 from New Zealand with 3 comments and 2750 search requests. tellows Score: 6
3. 0800450527 from New Zealand with 6 comments and 5133 search requests. tellows Score: 7
4. 0061283240300 from Australia with 2 comments and 2000 search requests. tellows Score: 3
5. 0399881848 from Australia with 3 comments and 1257 search requests. tellows Score: 7

With tellows scores ranking from 1 (reliable) to 9 (not trustworthy), our first number for this week – 078571502 – is highly debated. Even though the number seems to belong to a major telephone company, some of our users questioned the trustworthiness of the number as they couldn’t return the calls. User Grrrr commented:

Had several phone calls from this number this evening, tried ringing back and got an answer phone grrrr. Rang Telecom and the very helpful lady explained that it is actually a Telecom number that is used by call centres (I am guessing overseas ones) to contact customers

Our second number for today, 044725543, has been keeping people’s telephone lines busy with what appears to be computer generated calls. Often lasting only a few seconds, the calls were nearly impossible to answer for some of our users. Ranking on our third place, the number 0800450527 has been rated as rather untrustworthy with a tellows score of 7. According to our users, the caller tries to obtain contact information but will reveal little about himself as user Les Neilsen wrote:

Received a call from a gentleman wanting a contact phone number for a friend. He gave a first name (Royve) and an 0800 number when pressed, but would not say who he worked for, only that he “had business” with our friend.I called the number he provided but their answer message does not identify who they are, asks for contact details so they can get back to you.

Calling from Sydney, Australia, our fourth number, 0061283240300, has become one of the usual suspects on the list and has also been reported on both the Australian and the German tellows site with some users advising against answering the call. Some of you may recognize our fourth number, 0399881848, from last week. Making unsolicited telemarketing calls from Australia, the telephone number received a tellows score of 7 and is considered rather untrustworthy.

If there is a number bothering you with unsolicited telemarketing or nuisance calls as well, don’t hesitate to inform our users on tellows about it and exchange your experiences with others. Other than that, stay safe and spam-free!

You tellows team

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The Top 5 Most Wanted Numbers of the Week

Dear friends of tellows,

another week has passed and it’s time to share with you our most wanted list of numbers from New Zealand and Australia. As usual, there are some familiar “guests” and some newcomers. But have a look yourself:

1. 0800222378 from New Zealand with 2 comments and 2969 search requests. tellows Score: 8
2. 099204056 from New Zealand with 3 comments and 1329 search requests. tellows Score: 7
3. 092444545 from New Zealand with 4 comments and 1563 search requests. tellows Score: 6
4. 0399881848 from Australia with 3 comments and 1235 search requests. tellows Score: 7
5. 0242316708 from Australia with 2 comments and 186 search requests. tellows Score: 5

Our first number this week0800222378 is not a stranger to our list. The number garnered the attention of our users, when they received text messages and mails urging them to call the 0800-number without giving any reason or further details as to why. User Alice commented:

Txt me to call someone who I do not konw makes me to search that 0800 number. Just do not believe it.

Another frequent guest on our list ranks at the second place, number 099204056. Calling from Auckland, New Zealand, many of you wrote about unsolicited telemarketing calls that are made under this number and with a tellows score of 7, most of you have deemed it untrustworthy.

Our third place goes to a New Zealand number from Wellington: 092444545 and makes its first appearance here. Calling frequently and up to three times a day, this number is getting on our user’s nerves. User Tree shared a suggestion as to who might be calling and why:

I’m not sure but I think it is a BNZ phone banking survey, I received a call from this that I could not answer and could not ring back then got a call from a similar number that was BNZ survey.

Ranking on our fourth place this week, the Australian number 0399881848 has been reported by users as nuisance caller that apparently is just as busy as our third number. However, user Maxwell found a way to deal with the unsolicited calls:

Unsolicited telemarketing annoyance. I let this number run thru to my answering machine. It wastes their money :)

Holding a score of 5, our last and final number for this week, 0242316708, seems to conduct surveys and doesn’t appear to be particularly dangerous. Still, be careful not to give away too personal information – user Michael warned that it might still be a hoax.

With that, we hope you have lovely and peaceful weekend without any telephone nuisance. But if you do receive an unsolicited or harassing call, you know where to report it!

Your tellows team

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NZ and AU’s Most Annoying Callers

Dear friends of tellows,

this week we have quite a few numbers that are no strangers to our list – some of which prove that it’s sometimes good to look past the tellows score and read other user’s comments as well. But let’s have a look:

1. 099204056 from New Zealand with 3 comments and 1310 search requests. tellows Score: 7
2. 044630500 from New Zealand with 2 comments and 879 search requests. tellows Score: 6
3. 093795050 from New Zealand with 2 comments and 540 search requests. tellows Score: 5
4. 0061283240300 from Australia with 2 comments and 1959 search requests. tellows Score: 3
5. 0296123591 from Australia with 4 comments and 1373 search requests. tellows Score: 6

Our first number, 099204056, was quite busy this month, ranking on the second place of our list just a few weeks before. So far, most of our users have considered the calls from Auckland as nuisance and reported them as telemarketing. Similarly, our second place, number 044630500, appears to bother our users. The persistent calls of the number from Wellington lead user Lola to write:

Hey, does anyone know something about this number? It does not stop calling me.

The third number of this week’s list, 093795050, appears to be calling from Waiheke Island. According to the comments of our users, the caller does not seem particularly interested in an actual conversation, not responding or disconnecting the call when answered. User hi5 commented:

calls my mobile every few weeks, never leaves a message. I have managed to answer once & a lady spoke and said she was from the Hawkes Bay Today (I think??) and then the phone just hung up. I have tried to call back, but get a NZ Herald call-centre who are very unhelpful!

Ranking on our fourth place, the number 0061283240300 from Sydney, Australia, holds a score of 3 – indicating that it might be trustworthy. However, some users seem to have a different opinion, advising against answering calls from the number. Rated with a tellows score of 6, number 0296123591, is deemed untrustworthy by most of our users. Apparently, there has also been a case of misrating as user guy replied to the comment of another user:

than I guess rating the number with a score of one is not appropriate. it should rather be close to 8 or 9. but at the end of the day, there is still no caller on the other end. yet it keeps calling.

So if you consider a number untrustworthy, please remember that a rating between 6 to 9 (9 being definitely untrustworthy) would be suitable. To indicate that a number is reliable or trustworthy you can choose a rating of 1 to 4 (1 being definitely trustworthy) and if you are unsure, a rating of 5 (neutral) could suffice. If you have any further information on a number, please don’t hesitate to contribute to our community. Enjoy a great, hopefully spam- and scam-free weekend.

Your tellows team

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Weekly Update on the Most Annoying Callers

Dear tellows friends,

with another week of phone calls – unwanted or not – behind us, it’s time to recapture which phone numbers have kept your phone ringing and you busy with research on tellows. The following numbers are this week’s “worst offenders”:

1. 078564248 from New Zealand with 2 comments and 561 search requests. tellows Score: 8
2. 0800222378 from New Zealand with 2 comments and 2932 search requests. tellows Score: 8
3. 044725543 from New Zealand with 3 comments and 2704 search requests. tellows Score: 6
4. 0280829776 from Australia with 2 comments and 1084 search requests. tellows Score: 3
5. 0280944261 from Australia with 2 comments and 658 search requests. tellows Score: 7

Our first place this week, the phone number 078564248 from Hamilton, New Zealand, is one of the many reasons why tellows exists: to report numbers who bother people with unsolicited calls. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of details on this number, other than the fact that our users have persistently received calls from this number. User Maurice commented:

is this actually happening? who calls 12 times in a row and then hangs up after only 5 secs…. I’ve quite a list of inappropriate words I’d like to throw at their heads right now.

Our second number, 0800222378, has been a frequent guest on our top 5 list. Leaving messages for people to call back this number, our users have been rather suspicious of this number. Similarly, the procedure of our third place, number 044725543 appears to be rather dubious to our users. Most of you complained that you were unable to answer the phone as the call was disconnected after just a few rings and some didn’t get a response even after answering the call in time. Alex wrote:

This number is calling me for 4 weeks now. When I answered there’s no one in the line. Can somebody help?

Contrary to the previous telephone numbers, our fourth place – number 0280829776 from Syndey, Australia – has received a rather favourable rating with a tellows score of 3. Most of our users have identified the number as a service hotline from an Australian mobile phone company and so far, there have been no complaints. In contrast, our users felt annoyed by calls received from our last number – 0280944261. User Botanic shared some details on the Australian number from Sydney:

This number appeared on my phone and I called it back. It turned out as an outbound call centre for insurances.

To help others distinguish whether a telephone number is trustworthy or not, please don’t hesistate to share any information on numbers familiar to you with the tellows community. Have a great and hopefully nuisance call-free weekend!

Your tellows team

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Top 5 Most Wanted Calls from NZ and AU

Dear tellows friends,

new month, new nuisance callers. Unfortunately spam and scam numbers continued to keep telephones all over Australia and New Zealand ringing. As usual, we provide you a list of the top 5 numbers with the most search requests over the past few days:

1. 090092266 from New Zealand with 1 comments and 315 search requests. tellows Score: 7
2. 099204056 from New Zealand with 3 comments and 1285 search requests. tellows Score: 7
3. 044725543 from New Zealand with 3 comments and 2688 search requests. tellows Score: 6
4. 0061283240300 from Australia with 2 comments and 1915 search requests. tellows Score: 3
5. 0864444811 from Australia with 1 comments and 320 search requests. tellows Score: 5

Placing on number one, the phone number 090092266 from New Zealand has been reported as a cost trap by our visitors. User Samwell described his unfortunate experience with the number:

my lovely son just purchased a runescape abonement which cost me 15,- charged to my phone bill. I’ll try to get it back since my son is not of age yet.

Calling from Auckland, New Zealand, the number 099204056 on second place, has been deemed untrustworthy. Several users commented that the calls had been made by a telemarketing company. Apple wrote of the strategy the caller uses:

Holiday innes telemarketing? introduce people to join priority privilege card, and they won’t tell you it will cost $299 mebership fee a year, so untrustable.

For our third number, 044725543, not much information other than the fact that our users felt increasingly annoyed by its calls have come to light. The fact that the calls seem nearly impossible to answer, however, rose the suspicions of our visitors. Similarly, comments on number 4, 0061283240300, from Australia advise against answering its calls. John wrote:

this guy is a hacker dont pick calls from this number

The final number on the list,0864444811, makes calls from Australia as well but doesn’t seem half as bothersome. With a tellows score of 5, the number allegedly belongs to a fundraiser for Prostrate and Breast Cancer.

Take care and have a lovely week – hopefully without any nuisance calls!

Your tellows team

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The Top 5 Most Annoying Callers

Dear tellows friends,

in the past couple of weeks telephone scammers and spammers have been busy – and so were our users in their quest to find out who has been hiding behind suspicious numbers and annoying phone calls. Let’s have a look at the most wanted offenders:

1. 078571502 from New Zealand with 5 comments and 8313 search requests. tellows Score: 6
2. 0800222378 from New Zealand with 2 comments and 2875 search requests. tellows Score: 8
3. 0800930067 from New Zealand with 1 comments and 684 search requests. tellows Score: 9
4. 0399881848 from Australia with 3 comments and 1199 search requests. tellows Score: 7
5. 0296123591 from Australia with 4 comments and 1346 search requests. tellows Score: 6

The number 078571502 that places first, annoys our users with harassing calls. Some have commented that the call seems to be coming from a telephone company although the intent is not always clear. User Grrrr shared:

Had several phone calls from this number this evening, tried ringing back and got an answer phone grrrr. Rang Telecom and the very helpful lady explained that it is actually a Telecom number that is used by call centres (I am guessing overseas ones) to contact customers

The caller that uses the number 0800222378 ranking on 2nd place, leaves a voice or text message urging the recipient to call back as soon as possible and it’s not the first time that the number has ranked on our Top 5. User Alice commented:

Txt me to call someone who I do not konw makes me to search that 0800 number. Just do not believe it.

For number 0800930067, ranking 3rd, we advise caution as well. Claiming to be calling for the Bank of New Zealand, a pre-recorded message asks the person called to volunteer personal dates. Users felt similarly harassed by number 0399881848, which appears to be a telemarketing company making unsolicited calls several times a week.

As for the 5th and final number, information on 0296123591 differ. Whereas some report the caller as employee working for a telemarketing company, others suspect it to be a prank call. The comment of user Michael seems to support the latter:

I heard someone like a teenager giggle as an act of fun but I muted them or him.

Either way, we advise you to trust your instincts and check first before accepting or returning the call of a suspicious number. If you have noticed any scams or nuisance calls from a certain number, don’t hesitate to share your knowledge on tellows.

Take care,
Your Tellows Team

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Tellows Top5 – Callers in AU and NZ

Dear tellows friends!

Long time no see! But here we are again, giving you an update on the recently most annoying numbers in Australia and New Zealand. To put you out of your misery, here are the most wanted:

1. 078564248 from New Zealand with 2 comments and 540 search requests. tellows Score: 8
2. 0800222378 from New Zealand with 3 comments and 2819 search requests. tellows Score: 8
3. 099769580 from New Zealand with 1 comment and 1936 search requests. tellows Score: 5
4. 0280829776 from Australia with 2 comments and 1008 search requests. tellows Score: 3
5. 0287461500 from Australia with 1 comment and 2059 search requests. tellows Score: 6

Maurice reported on the first number this week and sounds quite angry about the calls:

lol….. is this actually happening? who calls 12 times in a row and then hangs up after only 5 secs…. I’ve quite a list of inappropriate words I’d like to throw at their heads right now.

As 541 people were already looking for the owner of this number, this cannot be a private one. Any hint is very welcome here!

A lot more users try to find information on this number though: 0800222378. As far as Dazedand and other users tell us, this is obviously a scam:

Put a letter in my parents’ mailbox asking them to call Alex asap on this 0800 number. No reason why, no return address, no surname. My parents threw it away.

Number three in our todays most wanted list might be a debt collection company. Anyway, there is not that much evidence for it, as only one user commented here. Whenever you receive a call from 099769580, be aware, that already 1936 search requests were registered on tellows, there is certainly something wrong here!

Nevertheless, we still find some helpful numbers nowadays as companies sometimes also call to actually help their customers. Let’s have a look at number four on our list today, coming from Sydney:

Received one, it was from VirginMobile Australia. (called to resolve some issues reported to them recently).

Nothing to add there, thanks for sharing your knowledge, Ah Gav!

 

That’s it for today, have a good week,

your tellows team

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Most wanted telephone numbers in AU and NZ

How often do you ask yourself ”How to check who is calling me?” Answer is simple – check it on Tellows and you will see that it works very simply. Type the number of someone who has just called you and you will see who is hiding behind it. If there is not any comment yet, write your own and share your experience with Tellows community. Simple!

And now let’s take a look on the msot annoying number in AU and NZ this week:

1. 049244455 from Wellington – New Zealand with a Tellows Score of 6
2. 044725543 from Wellington – New Zealand with a Tellows Score of 6
3. 0800222378 Telecom, TelstraClear and other network – New Zealand with a Tellows Score of 8
4. 099769580 from Auckland – New Zealand with a Tellows Score of 5
5. 0800272728 Telecom, TelstraClear and other network – New Zealand with a Tellows Score of 6

1st place this week goes to the number 049244455 . Our user Tree wrote the last comment on this number:

I’m not sure but I think it is a BNZ phone banking survey, I received a call from this that I could not answer and could not ring back then got a call from a similar number that was BNZ survey.

2nd place this week goes to 044725543 Tellows user Johan shared his experience with us:

one of those annoying computer-generated spam phone calls, what a pain !
PLEASE STOP CALLING ME !!!!

Last but not least this week is 0800272728 Tellows user Marie reported:

3 missed calls yesterday.
Does anybody know who that might be?

As you can see there are many newcomers this week what means that the world of spam and scam is changing every day. New and new players are joining the game and we need your help to find them out !

Take care, friends of Tellows !!!
Team Tellows

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