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aviation: Austria: More and more cases of phone number abuse


Currently: more than 530 complaints about phone number abuse with your own phone number in May – unfortunately there is little you can do about it!

With call ID spoofing, scammers falsify the number that appears when you make a call. Therefore, fraudsters could, for example, supposedly make calls with « my » own phone number and harass others. In May we registered more than 530 complaints. It is annoying that you personally cannot take protective measures either in advance or in the event of fraud. « Even authorities and mobile phone providers have no means of combating this fraud and cannot stop this abuse, » informs Dr. Klaus M. Steinmaurer, Managing Director of RTR for the Telecommunications and Post department. « In most cases, you only become aware of the misuse of your own phone number when the harassed officer tells you to turn off the calls. » « In the worst case, your own phone number ends up on the warning lists of spam detectors on smartphones, » Steinmaurer continues out of.

Fraud – what now?

Many smartphones have spam detectors. Enter clear, conspicuous calls or phone numbers and have them blocked via a warning list. If your phone number is misused, you can end up on the warning lists of these spam detectors completely innocently, and you can only make calls to a limited extent. Many users will be deterred by the « Suspected spam » warning and will not accept the corresponding incoming calls. This can be very annoying with private calls, but with business telephone numbers it can impair the business activity used.

The Austrian mobile phone providers have no influence on spam detectors on mobile devices. « If your own number ends up on a warning list, you have to contact the device manufacturer, Google, Apple or the respective app provider. » Before doing so, however, you have to find out on which smartphones the suspected spam is displayed, so that you can contact the right provider. « Everything is also very complicated, time-consuming and ultimately unsatisfactory, » says Steinmaurer.

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