Receiving malicious or nuisance calls.
If you receive malicious or nuisance calls, the following action may be useful:
- If the caller makes a direct threat of harm, call 999. If the threat isn’t immediate, call 101 - the non-emergency number for the police.
- Wait for the caller to speak first.
- Keep calm, don’t talk to the caller and hang up quickly.
- Don’t share any personal information.
If you’re worried about receiving malicious or nuisance calls, the following action may be useful:
- Don’t leave your name and number on your voicemail.
- Don’t reply to texts from numbers you don’t recognise.
Wangiri fraud (a Japanese term meaning “one and cut”) is when a fraudster calls a number and hangs up after one or two rings, which encourages you to call them back. These numbers are often based internationally, so you could receive a charge for calling them back. We're taking the necessary measures to protect and maintain security on our network. If you have received an unexpected call from an unknown international number, do the following:
- Don't answer the phone
- Don't call the number back
- Never share any personal information.
If you suspect you've received one of these calls, please Contact Us. When you do, please ensure you include the full number of the call received, country code and date/time of the call received.