Over the last few days I have been receiving calls on my landline from a number I don’t recognise. Dialling ‘1471’ allowed me to find the caller’s number – 0844 773 9922.
Upon answering, I am met with a recorded message stating that the company behind it is part of a National Awareness Campaign, backed by the government, and designed to help people with debt.
This is especially curious as, besides my mortgage, I owe no-one anything whatsoever. Even stranger is the fact that my telephone number is ex-directory and I have signed up for TPS (Telephone Preference Service) which ought to stop unsolicited calls dead in their tracks.
They seem to be offering some sort of service but when it said ‘press 5’ to ‘change your life forever’ I hung up as there are a lot of scams that trick people into dialling premium rate numbers.
A quick search on Google shows that the telephone number is registered to a private residence in the UK but also a company in the US –
1201 Orange Street
PO Box 511
Apparently, this address is fictitious.
So, the questions are, who is this company, why are they claiming to be government backed when they obviously are not, and why are they pretending to be based in the UK when they are in America?
More importantly for me, I’d like to know how they got my phone number. Considering the fact that I have opted out of telemarketing and other spam calls, and my phone number does not appear in the phone book, I can only conclude that my phone operator or some other unscrupulous company has illegally sold my details 🙁
Has anyone else received a call from 08447739922 or managed to discover any further information about who is behind it?