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After a short break we are glad to show you the current Top 3 of the most annoying telephone numbers of this week now.
And the winners are:
The tellows Score average of 7 shows that our users feel disturbed by these numbers. Their comments tell us why.
Rank one goes to a number from Dallas. The user frustrated at work identified the caller and wrote about his experiences:
This number calls our work place and wants to speak with an owner or office manager. They are calling from superpages.com regarding advertising. No matter how many times I tell them I’m not interested and to please not call they go on calling. It’s frustrating.
He wrote this comment 2 years ago, which seems to be very interesting, because user Janine added another comment this week about the same number. Both of them voted with the Score 9, so obviously we can’t trust this number!
Rank 2, which goes to 6518293110 from Minnestoa, was the winner of the Top 3 last October. It has been searched more than 1800 times now. Due to the comments of our users we have to warn you. The caller tries to get your money by claiming that you are selected for a $1 Million Dollars win. Don’t tell them any information about you!
Number 6092790110 from Princeton is ranked on the 3rd place. User Beachboy complains about harassment:
Called in the middle of the night and i screamed in the phone, still calling, why dont they give up?
Probably they won’t give up, never! But by sharing our experiences we can try to stop them. So let’s see what will happen next week.
Take care, your Tellows Team!
Congratulations! You’ve just won 1 Million Dollars!! or did you?? User Amber share her experience with our 1st number:
„They called me saying that I was selected to win $1 million dollars and at first it sounded reasonable but as the phone call progressed it was clear it was a scam. They wanted to know my bank and if I had a Visa Master Card. Then they tried to get me to buy magazines. I tried to decline and someone hung up on me. I called back to reassure I wasn’t going to recieve or end up paying for something I didn’t ask for and I was informed I wouldn’t. I should have just hung up I know, but I’m young and made a dumb mistake. Since this phone call, people have been calling my around the clock. „
The 2nd number is a confused telemarketer as user Giulio Moro points out
„Person calls and leaves message that they spoke to me last week about reducing my credit card payment interest when I never spoke to anyone there about anything. Fraud or incompetence? „
If you get a call from the 3rd number 18883263482 please contact the police, it seems to be a man with an indian accent claiming you owe money, he asks for your social security number and if resisted starts to curse and threaten, so if you see this number don’t even pick up.
That was our report for this week
Here are the most annoying spam numbers that have been harassing US citizens during the last week:
Luckily, the phone preacher did not return so far and, of course, we hope that our work contributed to make an end to this nuisance.
But there are other spammers and scammers only waiting for you to pick up the phone. Both numbers on rank 1 and 2 were one rank lower last week.
There are no new reports on last week’s spam number 1. The only thing we can say for sure is that this is an automated dialer.
We have got very useful comments on the scammer on rank 2. Everybody watch out, this is a number phishing for information!
Text sd Please contact 7574479265 BofA 435603XX Card Issue. I don’t have a BofA card. Sounds fishy to me.
Mad in Dallas added:
Scam trying to get Bank of America account information. New version of scam tried about 2 weeks ago.
And finally mchoate had fun with this number:
someone that is trying to get debit/credit card numbers. it is a scam. I called BOA. they took the information. when you call the number back it ask for you to put in your cc/dc. I had fun with it and just put in random numbers… about 50 times! Then I BLOCKED their text.
Did the PPI scam wave already reach the US? So far, we have only heard of this happening in the UK. The 3rd most wanted spam number is offering clients to claim back money from their PP-insurance. Read more about this scam method on our UK blog.
And here we go again with last week’s 3 most annoying spam numbers:
Well, seems as if our campaign against the phone preacher was successful. There were no new reports on last week’s spam number 1. However, another candidate in the telemarketing scam business took its place. There were reports about the green card scam going on over this number. But obviously the aim of these calls turned out to be phishing.
User Patt wrote the following comment weeks ago already:
She (Amely Johnson) called me and told me I HAVE WON A GREEN CARD LOTTERY and I have to pay $500. She even asked my VISA or Master Card number.
Rank two goes to an automated dialer of a company situated in Port Angeles that is giving silent calls. So we can be curious with what kind of offers the number is going to amuse people all over the country.
And another phishing number on rank 3, which is not only calling but also texting in order to gain confidential personal information. User TH3 wrote a helpful comment:
Text sd Please contact 7574479265 BofA 435603XX Card Issue. I don’t have a BofA card. Sounds fishy to me
Thank you for providing us with the worst spam and scam numbers! Together, we are strong!
Your Tellows Team
Here are the top 3 most annoying phone numbers of this week:
1. +17675034697 from Dominica with a tellows score of 5
2. 4254069024 from Seattle – East suburbs with a tellows score of 6
3. 8003187853 toll-free number with a tellows score of 7
Last week’s top spam number 0012538203089 got expelled from the list of top spammers of the US. Now, the Dominica number moved from second to first rank! We did not find out any more information yet, except that this is another typical silent call or ping call number. Meaning: a callcenter is giving people automated calls from a list of numbers they probably bought. The automate is checking active numbers in order to provide them with telemarketing calls later.
For the Seattle number on rank 2 user Payback\’s a bitch reported:
A total scam. Called with offer to lower credit card interest rates. Attempted to obtain credit card account numbers and personal information. Keep them talking, waist their time as long as possible, act as dumb as you can. Let them explain everything. I faked a bad line and had the suckers call me back twice. How incredibly stupid are these people! Unbelievable!
Well, there’s not much to be added…
On rank 3 we arefacing probably the most ridiculous of all harassment calls and spam/scam methods… User Jack reported:
It’s some call from a preacher who claims himself a prophet, asking for entering his prayer. An unnecessary call to answer.
… and user Jayne added:
Left message on cell phone saying they were going to save me. I’m on DO NOT CALL LIST. This is an unsolicated call and seems to be calling many people.
Sad enough that these scammers count on the hopelessness and naiveness of religious people. Might be just a question of time until someone will read him the riot act.
Give us more information and help everybody to find out about and recognize scammers!
Your Tellows Team
Here we go with this week’s most wanted: a PC Doctor from Washington, a bank details phishing company who apparently gives out green cards for 500 $ and somebody who introduced herself as AmVets. Here they are:
This week’s number 1 is a PC doctor number – one of the most recent scam methods that combines phone and computer spam and scam. As we already reported in our blog, the callers claim to call on behalf of Microsoft or an anti-virus programme company and explain that they will now direct you to delete the virus on your computer with the help of a bogus anti-virus software that you should download for a fee. It is quite an old story, though it still seems to be active, so beware!
For the number on rank 2: no news, just an increasing number of search requests: 1095
And last, but not least, user annoyed reported:
Woman asked for me by name and claimed she was from AmVets. I told her she had called my office number and she responded “well this is the number they gave me” I told her I didn’t know who “they” were but not to call me at my office any longer. Then I blocked her number on our office phone system.
So, do not let them spam the rest of your week!
This week’s speciality is spam coming from both East and West coast – The axis of evil runs through the whole country from Tacoma to Delaware and Seattle:
For the number on rank 1 jillybean reported:
Starting receiving calls from this number about 3 days ago. So far, only 1 call per day. No message is ever left.
Whereas Jing L wrote this before:
Claimed to be a home protection company offering to install home security system in your home.
The number on rank 2 is known to us from last week. Unfortunately, since then no new comments were given for this number.
On rank 3, there is a newbie amongst the scammers: payday loan scam.
cassandra did the right thing:
These people said I have a payday Loan out, and that they are calling to collect, They asked if I had a payday loan out when I said no they said they would report this, I told them they can report what they would like and to not call me again!
Remember: Never fall for this! And most important thing: no bank details at the phone!
A stitch in time saves nine. A look at tellows in time saves you from nine. Nine? … Starting off with position number 3 of our most wanted numbers of the week, we can see that we have a cold caller from Sparks there with a tellows score of 9. Annoying people with their calls and refusing to remove people’s numbers from their list – that’s the way they work.
Rank two goes to an unknown caller from Colorado/Denver area. We have no further information about the number, only that this number is making ping calls. Only one comment, but the number of search requests (239) gives a hint that there might be more to tell…
On rank 1: A Dalaware number obviously operating worldwide. So far, we received comments from America, Asia and Europe.
I live in the Netherlands (Europe)
While talking on the phone I received a secondary call from number +13023573644.
When I called the number to know who called me, it went straight to a pre-recorded message from a female voice asking for an authorization code!!?
I live in Karachi, Pakistan and I received a call from this number today. When I called back, the voice recording asked for an authorization code.
Seems too fishy, but you never know.
i received call from that number 26 may, and i was unable to pick that number, Iam from pakistan
We hope to find out more about all numbers, but especially about the one from Colorado/Denver area.
We’re looking forward to reading more of your comments!
We’re back with news of the week’s most wanted, most annoying and most suspicious numbers. Ping calls and debt frauds have been disturbing people’s lives this week.
Here are the US spammers of the week:
1. 2532468514 from Tacoma / Washington with a tellows score of 6
2. 2603993723 from Indiana with a tellows score of 5
3. 2132616494 from Los Angeles with a tellows score of 8
The scammers from Los Angeles probably tried to frighten a user with nickname Seriously. He reported:
Guy on the other end wanted to arrest me this morning. Got no idea where he took my number and address from. hung up on him, never had any debts or whatsoever he was claiming
… Scammers all over the world have been using this tick to get money from people who fell for them. Please remember that no serious company would claim money from you only by calling you on the phone!
Yet, our favourite spammer of the week seems to do ping calls only…
Called 4 times today and leaves no message. It is very annoying when your at work and your cell phone keeps going off.
Take care, friends and fellows!!! Have a nice and spamless weekend!
Nuisance Calls – The UK’s Approach
In general, all forms of nuisance calls are unsolicited. Whereas telesales calls employ a vehement form of aggressive advertisment, silent calls are meant to identify valid phone numbers from a pool of randomly generated numbers. Furthermore, automated diallers are often used when the call centre is short on agents. To identitfy silent calls, call centres are required to display a Calling Line Identification number on your phone in order to allow you to aquire the caller’s phone number by dialling 1471. Once the number is obtianed, it is advised to forward this number to Ofcom (use Silent Calls Complaint Form). With sufficient complaints Ofcom will find it easier to counteract the dubious schemes of callcenters and other suspicoius companies. Additionally, it is recommended to contact your provider which might help to identify the caller as well. Moreover, your provider may offer a ‘anonymous call rejection’ (check if this service is charged) to prevent a vast bulk of unsolicited calls in the future.
As far as telesales calls are concerned, a registration with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) bears the advantage of having the legal upper hand against call centres since the TPS makes unsolicited calls to you unlawful within the 28 days after you registration. Not only will the TPS will contact the company involved but also it will relay your complaint to the ICO which, in return, can enforce adequate regulations. If you experience unsolicited faxes you can register with the Facsimile Preference Service. Unfortunately, neither Ofcom nor the TPS have authority outside the UK’s borders. Hence, telesales calls from abroad cannot be stopped.
Furthermore, if you think the call centre obtained your personal information illegally the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) gladly provides detailed guidelines on the protection of your privacy in electronic communications. Additionally, complaints about nuisance calls, spam fax and mail may be filed directly with ICO. In all these cases you should share as much information with Ofcom, your provider an tellows on the caller as you can. Yet