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Old 16th September 2010, 14:40   #91
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What do you guys think??
Is it for real OR??
I'd stay away from it! Rather mark it as junk! And ofcourse if you check the email, it won't be from an official RD email id.
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Old 16th September 2010, 18:52   #92
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What do you guys think??
Is it for real OR??

Never, never, never ever respond to unsolicited mail from somebody you know.

Do not even use the "unsubscribe" / "remove me" link if any.

If you respond, they know that yours is a real and active email ID, and you will see a surge in number of mails arriving.
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Guys, I purchased this new Vodafone number a month back. Though I am very happy with their network coverage & service, the thing that frustrates me is this constant messages that I keep receiving from day 1.

It is sent from "TD-PL-TECH" & it reads something like -



Is this something related to the stock market? I have not subscribed to anything like this.

Also, I have registered for DND service but to no avail. These messages keep coming. The problem is, atleast 8-10 such messages are sent everyday!!! I am totally tired of reading this.

I even called Vodafone helpline but even they suggested to activate DND which I have already done. Apart from that, they cannot help me in any ways.

One thing I would like to point out is that maybe this number belonged to some Mr. Nachiket before it came to me. I keep getting calls for him! So I presume he must have subscribed for such messages.

Now, how do I get rid of this? Any suggestion guys?
i finally traced the previous owner of my Vodafone number on facebook! Asked him if he had subscribed to any such service to which he replied in affirmative. he gave me the number of the firm from where such sms is sent who said they will de-activate the service in 12 hours!
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Oh Man, you're lucky! I took up a new Airtel postpaid connection, which belonged to some Dr. Akila from Lifeline hospital in Chennai. I get more calls for her than for me on my phone! :(

The sad part is that this number is advertised on all the forums/listing sites like sulekha.com, asklaila.com, justdial.com etc. I even tried clicking on the "Phone number Incorrect" links on these site, but to no avail. The calls and SMSs keep coming and coming.
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The only thing that helps me at all in filtering unsolicited SMSs is the screen no. list in my mobile. The problem is, it can block only 10 nos.! What's the largest screen list you're aware of in a handset?

I was just thinking, -- is there a filter application that you know of (on any platform) that acts as a sort of 'Do call registry'? i.e. it will block all SMSs except ones from a list of numbers I specify. This should solve the menace of spam SMSs. What do you think? Is there any such thing?
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I was just thinking, -- is there a filter application that you know of (on any platform) that acts as a sort of 'Do call registry'? i.e. it will block all SMSs except ones from a list of numbers I specify. This should solve the menace of spam SMSs. What do you think? Is there any such thing?
Oh man, you read my mind! Earlier this week, I was thinking of how cell phone companies should incorporate "SMS Rules", just like "Email Rules" in Outlook. The ones from your contact list beep and make it to your inbox, all others go to a junk folder which you can check & delete periodically.

Such a filters time has come.
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I am using an Android phone(HTC Hero) and on a Corporate Airtel postpaid connection. So spam calls and SMSs are quite rare. Even then, I do get some.

To tackle this, I have created a contact called "Junk" and enabled the "Send to Voicemail" option. Everytime, I get a spam call, I add that number to the "Junk" contact. Bingo! that number can't disturb me anymore.
The "Junk" contact currently has 16 numbers!

There is however no similar solution for SMS.
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ventoman - a better option would be to:-

1. set a silent / barely audible tone as the default ring tone.
2. Create one or more groups and add all your existing contacts to the group(s).
3. Define ring tone(s) for the groups.
4. Define a good alert tone for SMSes from contacts, and a default, unobtrusive tone for other calls.

Sometimes, setting "no alert" as default, and some ring tone for members of groups too may work.


Calls from unknown persons will go un noticed. But they will show as missed calls. So, you can always call them back.
Dito for SMSes.
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Thanks a ton BaCkSeAtDrIVeR.

I didn't think of this approach.

I am going to spend the next 2 hours and sort it out.
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Got this in an e-mail today:

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from Salim Ali Salim Al Riyami <u069403@squ.edu.om>
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date Fri, Oct 29, 2010 at 11:03 AM
subject Good day,
mailed-by srs.ieee.org


Good day,
This is Doctor Salim Ali Salim Al Riyami from a Cancer Solution and Care facility here in the United Kingdom. I currently manage a patient with the name Mrs.Barbara Leverton suffering from severe cancer of the lungs. She has just informed me to contact you. According to her, she has a very confidential information to pass across to you. You could contact her immediately at madambarbara@yahoo.com.hk
Thanks and stay healthy.
Dr. Salim Ali Salim Al Riyami.
Any takers?
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Old 29th October 2010, 12:30   #101
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Default Some respite from Tele-marketeers

(Edit feature disabled since the 20 minute window period has expired, hence these back-to-back posts)

Vodafone nodal office rang me up on wednesday, to update me regarding my complaint on telemarketing calls and texts. I had written to them a few days back, and got a totally irresponsible reply. This, along with 4 calls from HDFC Bank and 2 from Airtel DTH, left me fuming and the result was a long mail to the Vodafone nodal office. Giving an excerpt below:
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I'm sorry for sounding a bit rash, but I have to say that I'm totally
disappointed with this kind of templated and irresponsible reply mails that
are sent without understanding the inconvenience being caused to me.

It is completely irresponsible on your part to have said that someone tried
to reach me but could not get me. I know how that happened. My phone did not
ring completely even once, and by the time I took the phone from my desk on
my hand to answer the call, it got disconnected - everything over in a mere
3 seconds or less. I knew it was from a Vodafone service number because I
tried calling that number back and i got a response that such a number
(9884098849) does not exist. The less said, the better.

Each time I get so many unsolicited calls, I contact the customer care (198)
in a day or two, which is well within the 15 day span mentioned the email
below (and many more further down if you scroll down).

What I need is NOT a temporary solution in terms of blocking that particular
number. I need to be freed from this menace of endless tele-marketing calls.
The person who spoke to me was cordial and at first tried to finish off the call with the usual "we're doing what is best possible" kind of words, but I was in a mood for some bheja-fry. (Less work these days ). I think it worked, and haven't received any tele-marketing calls since then.

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Old 2nd November 2010, 16:15   #102
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Vodafone Care replied today! They said they've disconnected all the numbers that I'd reported to be spamming me. That's some relief that things are working. I'd also written to SBI Card, saying that I'm getting unsolicited marketing calls very frequently. But no response till now.


Received this spam e-mail today, sometime back:
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from PEUGEOT PROMOTION 2010 <info@peugeot.org>
reply-to claimsdpt_fundsrelease@hotmail.com
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date Tue, Nov 2, 2010 at 2:48 PM
subject DEAR WINNER

hide details 2:48 PM (1 hour ago)


PEUGEOT AUTOMOBILES LOTTERY
peugeot head office, Stamford,
Middle sex, PE9 2YP, London
United Kingdom.
Dear Winner,
This is to inform you that you have been selected for a cash prize of 3,000,000.00 Great British Pounds Sterling and a brand new Peugeot car 407,From the International Online programs in London the United Kingdom.
To begin the processing of your prize you are to contact the claims officer.
CONTACT THE CLAIMS OFFICER.
PEUGEOT COMPANY
UNITED KINGDOM
Name: MR.MARK SCOTT
Tel. +447010044737
Email: claimsdpt_fundsrelease@hotmail.com
Contact him with your secret pin code PGA:00111234 and your reference number PGA:12058006/06.You are also advised to provide him with the underlisted information as soon as possible:
Claims Requirements:

Name in full:
Address:
Occupation:
Age:
Sex:
Present Country:
Personal telephone No:

congratulations once again!
With Best Regards
Mr. Robin Nehar
(PEUGEOT LOTTERY MANAGER)
How I wish this mail is for real, but...
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Tata Docomo sales calls - the guy was very rude. Wish I can get that highlighted with his team manager.
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Old 2nd November 2010, 19:22   #104
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Default Does UNICEF call for donations?

A few days back, I got a call from a lady claiming to be from UNICEF (I confirmed twice and she even gave me the full-form) and asking for donation. The call got disconnected midway and I didn't receive any call back. But I am seriously curious to know if an organization like UNICEF would start tele-marketing that too in a place like India.
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AFAICT, RBI does NOT have your email address. Certainly not mapped to a list of those-who-have-net-banking-accounts.

So, beware of what you click on from your mail.

I have turned off all html rendering on my mail client for loooooong time now, to prevent myself absent mindedly clicking on something.


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To All Net Banking Users,

Starting from June 1, 2011 all Internet Based transactions made via Online
Web Interface will require an additional One Time Password (OTP).

This requirement has been made mandatory by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
Introduction of OTP is intended to reduce the possibility of fraudulent transactions
and would safeguard you, the customer.

Kindly submit the form attached to this email in order to enroll
your Online Bank Account in the new online protection System.

If you are using Internet Explorer please allow ActiveX for scripts to
perform all data transfers securely.

Some E-mail Account users like gmail and sify might view a warning
at the header of this message. Kindly note that this is normal.
Beware of Phishing

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Copyright ? 2011 Reserve Bank of India (RBI). All rights reserved.

The part in bold takes the cake!!!
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