In recent weeks I have been receiving an increasing number of nuisance calls.
Today my phone launched a series of outbound calls at 9.30 to 10.0 am and these were definitely not initiated by me. Two people have phoned back in 'distress'. What can I do? I presume the system has been hacked. But as it is an old fashioned phone not connected to the computer this is particularly unusual.
They are indeed recorded in my log on the phone. And I received inbound calls from two of the recipients who were angry or annoyed in the minutes afterwards. All the activity took place in a 35 minute period from 9.26am. I have the numbers of the two people who replied too.
Inbound calls over recent weeks are all 'silent'. I reported this a few weeks ago.
That is very interesting and unusual. I've previously heard of caller ID being spoofed and also of lines unknowingly being taken over by third parties by putting in false transfer requests. Have also heard of recipients being transferred and forwarded to premium rate numbers by responding with a button press option to an incoming call.
Did you receive any of the silent calls immediately before the 35-minute dial-out period started? I believe that once you put the phone down from a call, the line is actually still held open for a period of time while the calling party can still remain on the line (up to a few minutes in the past maybe?) Not sure how that would allow someone to initiate an outbound call on your line though.
There are quite a few tech experts on the forums and VM insiders who may be able to offer more insight and explanations.
With regard to the incoming nuisance calls, I have used a call blocker and screening device to stop these for the last few months and it has 100% solved that particular issue.
The forum team should also respond to this. They may take up to a week to reply. Hope you manage to make some progress with it.