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A word to the unwary – 0042 0239011111

I had this number call my mobile (or cellphone, if you’re reading this in the US). As it happened I wasn’t near my phone and didn’t hear it. I did google it, though. Turns out 0042 is the country code for the Czech Republic and the buzz on websites I’ve been reading is that it’s a scam. It only rings a couple of times but if you return the call, people seem to think, you’re connected to a premium rate phone line.

Apparently there are some other similar numbers involved in the same scam. So consider yourself warned.

More info: magicandlies.wordpress.com, whocallsme.com, phoneowner.info among many other places. The last-named has a report from someone who’s registered a complaint at Ofcom (if you’re in the UK) and further complaints to them should cite reference 1-164365657, which is the original number the complaint was logged under. It also has links to the Czech telecom complaints office.

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  1. January 27, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Thanks for the heads-up.

    I’ve heard about another telephone trick: someone calls you with ‘Congratulations, you just won a blad-bladdy prize. Please, press #1 to hear the rest of the message.’

    After you press 1, they are able to make long distance calls that are charged to your number.

  2. January 27, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Yes, I’ve had that one, but on the landline. These scams are always worth a mention just to make people more aware of them.

  3. Brian Burge
    January 18, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    But how do you then clear them?

  4. January 18, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Is that number still going, five years on? I guess you can block the number, if your phone has that facility – and if you have done the ringback you probably need to talk to your telecoms provider. Depending on where you live, you may have a telecoms regulator who investigates phone scams, in which case they might be interested.

    • Brian Burge
      January 18, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      The number that is dialling is
      Tesco was the telecoms company but have left as they did not help at all. I am now with Giffgaff but getting nowhere fast, l turn on and find that I have sent texts while asleep!

      • January 18, 2016 at 7:56 pm

        A quick check on whocallsme.com suggests the Avast anti-virus app on your phone is the likely culprit, sending automated text messages that will show up in your bill. The number is an Avast server. The explanation I’ve seen is this, from whocallsme user Venky:

        ‘Under Avast Account App (Anti-Theft) there is a option of Send SMS to Avast on SIM change.. Please disable this before whenever you remove your SIM or change the SIM in smart phone. Avast will assume that the Phone is lost & will trigger the ISD SMS when SIM is changed. This is a very Good feature that Avast has provided, so Avast Server will store the new SIM Mobile# & you will know with whom your Smart Phone is, this will help is tracing your Phone thro Mobile operator & Police.’

        Another user, Ozzy, advises (the capitals are his): ‘SIMPLY GO TO YOUR AVAST APP, go to ANTI THEFT, go to AVAST ACCOUNT and unmark “send SMS to portal”, that’s it !’

        I’m assuming that you have this app on your phone and have removed or changed the SIM card?

      • Brian Burge
        January 18, 2016 at 8:19 pm

        Thanks Guys I think that’s cured it, will find out for sure come tomorrow, will let you know.

      • Brian Burge
        January 19, 2016 at 10:48 am

        Well it’s tomorrow and nothing sent from account! Thank you so much it’s been driving me mad, now to start reloading all those apps I took off in desperation.

  5. January 19, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Glad it worked. But the credit isn’t mine, I just checked the number you gave on whocallsme.com and copied comments from people there. It’s a very useful resource.

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