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Ian

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Re: Consumer news and scams
« Reply #450 on: October 20, 2018, 09:35:00 AM »
I think we have to treat this with caution.  Reviewers are not paid as such;  they're offered free stuff and have the option to ask for them to be sent free of charge, so no money is involved. 
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squigglev2

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Re: Consumer news and scams
« Reply #451 on: October 20, 2018, 06:51:55 PM »
Perhaps don't know enough (including paid or free samples) to comment that much but I think if you are looking for something on Amazon where you want to find how others have found it,  click for and read the negative reviews as well as the positives. Either may have bias and some negatives (eg. "they sent me the wrong item") may be nonsensical for a product review.  But try, as best you can, to get a balanced opinion from varoius sides.

Ian

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Re: Consumer news and scams
« Reply #452 on: October 20, 2018, 07:01:01 PM »
Yep; that's exactly the right approach.  Same with Trip Advisor.  The sites can't control negative reviews so it's always worth reading the 2 and 3 star reviews to get an idea of any potential issues.
“Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.”   ― Michel de Montaigne

Si hoc legere scis, nimis eruditionis habes.

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« Reply #453 on: October 21, 2018, 11:25:02 AM »
I've been having a few calls from Talk Talk and the heavily Asian accented person has informed me that my internet service will be terminated on that day and requested that I press button 1 on my telephone to stop the termination so I just hang up as I'm not with Talk Talk anyway

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Re: Consumer news and scams
« Reply #454 on: November 07, 2018, 12:26:33 PM »
Just had a phone call, computerised voice, saying our BT broadband was being cut off today - press 1 for this, press 2 for that, confirmed by BT as fake.

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« Reply #455 on: November 07, 2018, 05:12:00 PM »
I have had the same Steve, so have blacklisted the number.

Hugo

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« Reply #456 on: November 07, 2018, 10:19:26 PM »
I had the same sort of call only mine was from Talk Talk



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« Reply #457 on: November 08, 2018, 08:54:10 AM »
Blocking the number won't have any effect as it shows a different number each time they call.

I've received a few recently and the numbers do not correspjnd to where the caller is ringing from - always try and google the number as I'm speaking to the person who calls me!

Had one last week, allegedly from talktalk (who I am with) saying there was a problem with my system sending out messages ... but the number showing on my phone was a Barnstaple STD code, so I asked the caller what the weather was like in Devon!  He couldn't understand why I was asking, so I persisted as he was trying to do his spiel.  He obviously wasn't in Devon so I ask where he was, and he told me London.

So, I asked him to explain how it was that my phone was displaying a Devon phone number.

His comment was that there must be something wrong with my phone.  I replied saying there must be something wrong with his as it has just dialled a number which was on the Telephone Preference Service list.

He hung up!

Ian

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Re: Consumer news and scams
« Reply #458 on: November 08, 2018, 09:36:34 AM »
Wonderful!  ;D ;D ;D
“Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.”   ― Michel de Montaigne

Si hoc legere scis, nimis eruditionis habes.