Now ‘they’re’ getting really sneaky.
I picked up the phone last night when it rang to get that pause, the one that tells you you are about to be connected to Indian Call Center Hell ™ (r).
Only it wasn’t.
Suddenly a recorded voice sprang out that told me the date and then encouraged me to dial a 1900 number (“only $3.95 a minute!”) to win a car. They repeated the number and automtically hung up. It was all over in 30 seconds but I was so stunned I didn’t jot down the name of the competition.
I’ve just called Telstra and apparently it’s been going on for a while. It’s an overseas company blasting Australia (hence the VOIP pause at the start). As it’s international there’s nothing we can do here.