This crowd made a very convincing phone call to my husband regarding a tax review which showed we owed some thousands to the ATO. It is a scam and no, we didn't get caught out, because we kept asking questions. Then we contacted our accountant and the ATO to be sure. Rather distressing in the meantime though. Called and after I answered with our usual "Welcome to..." blurb, they proceeded to ask if we take credit card payments or just cash and cheque. Believing it to be a genuine client I stated that we did take credit card payments, but not cheques. Then they asked if we took American Express and I replied that we did not, only Visa and Mastercard. I then asked if they could tell me who they were, but they hung up without saying another word. I'm assuming (having now read this page) that they will attempt to call back later and claim to be the ATO or something cracking down on me. Too bad I've now blocked them. Caller: No name
8:59 call came to my mobile from (02) 6140 3464
answered "Hello, this is Laurie"
mid north English bloke mumbled "Is that [name of my business]?"
"Yeah I'm just double checking, do you accept payment by credit card there, or would it be by cash or cheque?"
we can take credit card payment, asked what service he needs
muttered "Yeah, ummm, I'm just double checking, just for future reference I know it's not accepted everywhere, but do you accept American Express?"
no, was starting to say which we do accept
he interrupted and said "You don't.", sounding panicky
we only accept Mastercard and Visa
he interrupted again, said "Right."
I continued, said not American Express or Diners, asked whether need [service we provide]
nervously muttered unintelligible words, then said yes, need to work around paying with American Express, will call later, ended call
highly suspicious call
how can you "double check" anything you have not already checked?
he sounded nervous, panicky, agitated
guessing he is a new recruit in a scamming job
calling number and others very similar have been reported by many people here as being used to make scam calls
wondering whether he has an American Express card which he may legally use, or someone's stolen one, or just found details of one, hoping to do some scammy purchases with those details
9:38 called back with number hidden
no ring tone, immediately to recorded greeting, woman's voice, similar English accents, "Hello, you're through to a market Re-search company.", call immediately cut out
no name, just "a market Re-search company"
Caller: A guy with english accent/ and a lady
Same number ID called our business 3 times. First time lady. Other times, a guy with english accent. Immediately asked "if we accept american express" or "what credit cards we accept". We gave nothing away and just probed them of what they want. They hang up.(so rude). Seriously, these scammers, go get an honest paying job and do something good in life instead of wasting time and trying to scam other people's well hard earned money.
Caller with English accent from this same number . They asked am I (my full name) and after I confirmed yes, they asked if i take credit card payments Amex. I asked what business is this for and he replied he wasn’t sure but his step dad had left my name and number on a piece of paper and to phone me to ask if I took Amex? As I dont have a business , other than an Airbnb for which payments are all done online, I was suspicious. Found info about this number on this site and have now blocked the number. Caller: didn't say
Man asked if we took American Express payments, when I said no, asked if I took other cards. I asked him what the purpose of the call was, and he said he was checking on behalf of someone else. No indication of why he was calling really.
Caller: Scam Call
Asked if we accept American Express
We have started using theQ.com.au to front end our business calls and it blocks any callers that have 4+ (configurable) complaints on this site. Saves us having to deal with these low lives because of this awesome community. Thanks to everyone for posting these. :)
I also got a call from Kenneth Matthews to day he was from the ATO and there was a petition against my name and my address was under surveillance . And to ring the same number what I want to know is how can these people get away with this and can or will this be investigated further! I am concerned for others or the elderly that give them their information ? Caller: Lady with irish accent
Same scam as other comments here. Asked if we accept American Express and "asking for her mother" who lives in the same state as our Company. I suggested she google her own number and have a read up ;)
English guy called from a canberra district number. Wanted to know if we took AMEX and if he had the right Business Name and Address.
Very Suspicious when asked where he was calling from he said - "his dad gave him the number and he cant talk English"
I informed him we do not accept credit cards for payment and was he a customer?
When pressed further he got nervous and tried to end the call - and hung up the phone..
Police should investigate this further, clear criminal activity.
I run a small startup in QLD, a guy with an English accent called demanding to know if we took credit card payments. He called himself David Jones and said that he lived in Queensland. He had some knowledge of my company. He put the phone down, I checked the number its a Canberra number I called it and you get a recorded message with an English female voice saying "we are a market research company" Then the phone goes dead. Usually these types of events area are a prelude a load of scam calls and phishing emails ....Beware ! Same question about American Express and wanting to confirm our address. Hung up when I wouldn't confirm. I had the same phone call today 15/4/2019, the man had an English accent, he also called last week asking the same thing.
When I told him we accept direct deposit, he said " so when you say direct deposit, you mean money from my account to yours?"
Does anyone else forward these numbers to the police? reporting spam numbers is just as important as this app identifying spammers between us all Caller: Call Center
Same as AMEX Question. I asked where he was, he said "Oh, it might come up with a Canberra number, but I am actually in <my suburb> said with nooo confidence he had even heard of it before let alone live there. He then made up a Name for his Dad who he was going to Pay "the account" with. Quizzed him more without giving info, he eventually hung up. So strange. But makes sense if they are compiling a list of details for other scammers to buy from them.
Caller: (02) 6140 3464
English lady calls and when I pick up "are you at Unit #######"
I said well that depends what for.
She said do you take American Express, I said no but why do you want to know where I am?
She pushes on with so you just take cash, cheque and I said yes. She asked what about other cards, I said not preferable, how can I help you.
She said "ok thanks, I will let my dad know"
Some one from "First World Enterprises" Asking if we take amex payments. They called on this number and when I hung up on them they called back on a private number. scammers Same american express question
4 complaints this year
80 total complaints
Anonymous on (03) 8572 7241
I answered once...nothing. I have had 6 other calls which I left unanswered. Annoying
Anonymous on (08) 9482 2473
I have blocked them. 2 calls in 2 days
Anonymous on (03) 9648 8797
A recorded phone call advising that my internet service was about to be disconnected due to...
Anonymous on (03) 9744 0722
Getting several calls a week from 03 numbers, including this one
Anonymous on 0418 927 502
A scam. talking about NbN connection.All info wrong; offering assistance!