Why are they calling me? Scam?
I decided to buy myself what is sometimes called a "throwaway phone" because they are cheap and may sometimes be bought by criminals, used once and thrown away (hence "throwaway"). Funnily enough, Amazon only allows you to buy about 3 of these in about any 3 month period, don't know why?
The phone was for my website. I want to go into online marketing once I have finished my studies but as a relaxation, I create websites and put them online (sad?) and had been earning a few dollars occasionally. I don't want the tax people coming after me, so decided to create a business for this, even though the overall costs would be negative (that is, I spend more money than I make) but at least it keeps me legit.
I went to a bank I had been using for a long time (at least 10 years) and asked to open a business account. After a 1 hour telephone conversation, they turned me down, which was annoying and one of the reasons was because I didn't have a phone number on my website for customers to contact me. By this time, I was beginning to wonder if they knew anything about online marketing! I explained that I had no intention of getting spam calls to my personal phone from the website but they still wanted a contact number on there, so I bought the throw away phone and a 1p (2cent) SIM card and put the number online. But they still turned me down!
I turn that phone on every day to check for messages. the SIM card I bought was supposed to be brand new (it came through Amazon UK) but I have had missed calls from particular numbers. You can check these online and a number have been from debt collectors, so I ban those numbers ! Two phone calls I got while online were asking for the same person, a Brian Cox, who I don't know and mentioning an address some hundreds of miles away. I don't mind keeping up a conversation with these people, if I have the time. One asked if I was in England and I told her "no". (I am not), so she asked had she called India by mistake! (The Welsh accent must still be recognisable!)
Now, this was (supposed to be) a brand new SIM card. It's not a smart phone, just text and phone messages and I use it ONLY for checking in case someone wants to contact me from my website. Why is it getting debt chasing calls for someone I don't know? Do these call companies just check up on EVERY new phone number and call to try and find out personal details? I don't think they are coming from my website because that is obviously a "female" website, so they presumably wouldn't be asking for a male. And one call was from a car sales company, together with a voice message but I think they must just have dialled the wrong number. It's a funny business!
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