I thought of this today as I have just had the second text about my delivery from Virgin Media. This is of course the alleged delivery of the item I didn't order. I'm guessing they want you to reply and then you'll get lots more texts.
This website - who-called.co.uk/ - is handy to run a check on any number you don't recognise.
Always be careful what you answer text or email wise, if you didn't buy the ticket you've not won the lottery if you've not sent for something it's not stuck at the depot waiting for you. I get lot of emails telling me I've missed a delivery there all scams. My favourite one and I've had several is when microsoft ring to tell me my computer has a virus and I'm infecting the web like microsoft would give a monkeys.
I have many ways of handling these calls depending what kind of day I'm having
Yesterday I took delivery of a vacuum cleaner from studio cards nobody here has sent for anything from studio cards for years I'll play this one gently to start with I'm sure they'll be nice ian
You haven't won the lottery you didn't enter, no one in Nigeria(or anywhere else) is going to give you several million US dollars, and if it looks to good to be true, it is.
For us telephone calls are handled by the answer machine. Family and friends know we have a machine so know we will pick up or call them back. Bona fide companies will leave a message. Though I have found that some withhold their numbers and don't leave a message - what's that all about.
Any emails or text messages I don't understand are ignored.
I was plagued by telephone calls. At one time I was getting in the region of 10 to 20 a day. If I wasn't in they would go to the answerphone. Some would hang up when the answerphone answered, however, many of these calls were automated so, on occasions, the answerphone would fill up preventing legitimate callers from leaving a message. If I actually spoke to a real person I would inform them that they were breaking the law as I had signed up to the Call Preference System. The answer was usually 'So What!' and then they would hang up. It was extremely frustrating.
Then I solved the problem. I replaced my cordless telephone system with one that had a call blocker facility. I can enter all my contacts into a phonebook and if a contact calls the call goes straight to the telephone or if I'm not in the answerphone. If the number is withheld or is not in my phonebook then the caller has the option hang up or announce themselves followed by a #. The phone would then ring and when I pick up the phone the announcement would tell me who the caller is, leaving me with the option of accepting the call, sending it to the answerphone or blocking it. It's great. It puts pay to all those automated calls. You can also add numbers to a call blocking list which is very useful, particularly if you get a lot of missed calls from the same number. The caller then gets a message that their number has been blocked and the call is no longer logged as a missed call. The silence is wonderful!
I put nuisance emails into a 'Blacklist'. That way, if the sender's address is on the blacklist I do not receive it. It certainly keeps the Inbox and Deleted folder nice and tidy.
Ps: Though my service provider is Virgin Media my cordless telephone system is BT and their blocking system is called BT Call Guardian. Other telephone suppliers have similar blocking systems.