Another day, another dodgy robocall. This time it was from “Rosemary” on 020 3634 9821. It was rather cunning because at first it sounds like a real human being. But I’ve put quotes around Rosemary’s name because when you test it out with a few slightly out of the ordinary responses that the truth is obvious: it’s a fully automated call, not a human. (Try shouting “Watch out! There’s an elephant behind you” and see how “Rosemary” reacts. And your office colleagues.)
Otherwise it was the classic dodgy format – an automated call despite me not having given prior permission to receive such a call (which is legally required for automated calls). Add to that a claim that the call was triggered by a past event for which I could be due money, but where – as usually – the claimed past event was wholly fictitious, backed up by a false claim about where the data came from, and done in the hope that if you ring enough people with a made-up story it will be true for some of them by chance.
So if you get a call from 020 3634 9821, ignore it. Ignore it except for one thing.
It’s always a good move to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner here. The regulator can move a little slowly, but movement happens when there are lots of complaints.
Other numbers to avoid: