Telephony Test Sets
Telephony Test Sets
Scammer's use lineman's handsets (telephony test sets). It can be connected to wherever there is a line appearance and can be inside a central office, main or frame. When connected to a line, a lineman's handset is indistinguishable from regular subscriber equipment. The linesman can monitor an active call, answer incoming calls and/or make outgoing calls. It is known that scammers use telephony tests sets that direct to a recorded message.
eg. Scammer will give you a telephone number such as 4487....... and PIN number 5638 so you can call his telephone banking number and listen to the situation he is in, he requests that this is kept private, he is after all giving you access to his private account. Once the telephone rings a recorded female message will come up with name of bank HSBC and ask you to enter your Pin Number. Another recorded message will tell you the scammers fake name, his account number and available funds, Account No.....989 pounds, Inactive Account....347 thousand pounds, please see the bank to activate the account.
He needs to get to the bank with his documents in person to activate this amount. He says he will repay you once he does.
Always ring the bank to authenticate the number, they may tell you that it could be an internal business office number, keep trying, if there is no definite answer, then there is no definite number for the bank and this account. Upon ringing this number several weeks later, a recorded message will tell you that the service is unavailable at the present time. To analyse an international phone number you can go to Numberingplans.com and use their number analysis tool.
Scammers use telephone devices such as Magic Jack - this device is connected to a landline and gives the scammer two lines - one is the landline and one is a redirect to anywhere in the world phone number. This device is cheap, effective and purchased and used in the United States. They also use VOIP phone numbers which can be purchased online in any country to appear as though they are located in that country - the phone number is an internet issued number and is redirected to anywhere in the world.
Phones are usually registered in fake names and fake addresses. Victims are sometimes asked to purchase phones and send them overseas. A subpoena can be issued to the phone company to obtain the name registered to the owner.