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A Spammer Foreseen Is a Spammer Avoided

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…

Barb reported:

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!

Team tellows

Mind Your Tongue – America’s Most Wanted Spam and Scam Callers

Another week passed with all quiet on the landline front – at least in terms of change. The fraudsters remain as relentless as the weeks before. Beware, good folks of America… they are after you!!! Fortunately, thousands of honourable citizens stand out and oppose this unsolicited annoyance and provide the information needed warn the people prior the con.

Here are the results:

1. 6518293110 from St. Paul / Minnesota with a tellows score of 8

2. 2187242094 from Duluth with a tellows score of 6

3. 3233319189 from Los Angeles with a tellows score of 9

peter warned:

These people have been calling my phone for the past week at least three times a day all day long. They never leave a message. I called the number back to see who it was and the automated recording picked up and it said it was a company called teleresources, but nothing else about why they called

The St. Pauls number is an old vet in terms of nuisance calls. Their promises of wealth lure unaware citizens into fee-required subscriptions and leech their bank accounts dry. Unfortunately, we know only little about the number from Duluth, but thanks to peter we know at least the company name “teleresources”. Last but not least, a debt collection company intends to grind the people’s nerves to dust.

someone keeps on calling my job saying that they have information on me. and that they are going to have the police come out and get me. i told them that they are a scam and i am going to call the police regarding them keep on harrassing me at work. twice in one day other number was 508 202 7204, this one said i was involved in a hit and run. LIE i dont know how people can do this and do there best an try too scare people.

Take care, friends of tellows !!! Do not let them get you unawares !!!

Team tellows

A Voyage to the Annoyed World of Harassing Nuisance Callers – The USA’s Most Wanted Spam and Scam Telephone Numbers

As time slips by and seconds turn to hours in merely an heartbeat, days and weeks and months predetermined by routine, the reason for nuisance calls vanish into oblivion and the only notion remaining is annoyance – annoyance en masse. Although time may heal many wounds, dozens of small, even tiny, wounds every day will bleed even the strongest aurochs dry – given time. Hence, deny them time and share your experience with the world:

Amanda says.

They are calling my phone 5 or 6 times a day. Same guy/same company I asked them to put me on their do not call list and he hung up on me..

1. 2532468514 From Tacoma/Washington with a tellows score of 6

2. 3233319189 From Los Angeles with a tellows score of 8

3. 9712201003 From Oregon with a tellows score of 8

First place goes to an yet to be identified caller from Tacoma/Washington. According to the statistics the search requests grow continuously due a balanced activity in April. The Second caller claims that there are legal charges set against you. This numbers activity increased by the end of april. The last number belongs to telemarketer trying to sell home security systems.

Deanna warns:

This number first called my cell phone and said something about “do not ignore this call. There are legal charges pending against you.” I disregarded it, then they called my work! I called them back, and this guy said I had an unpaid cash advance loan for over $3,000, that someone would come to my work (they knew they name and address of my employer and my bank!) and arrest me in the next 2 hours if I didn’t pay the loan. First I freaked out and asked how I could prevent it. The guy then said, “Well, it could be that the legal proceedings could be avoided if you pay $609 today.” This sounded weird to me, so I said I was calling the police to verify this information. Then the guy got nasty with me and said, “Go ahead. I wish you luck as this situation unfolds.” I called the police, described the situation, and the police officer said, “You can’t be arrested for a debt. That’s a civil matter.” I asked her if it was a scam, and she said yes. I had to contact my cell phone provider to have their number blocked, and I reported it to my manager at work, too. These people are terrible!

Don’t stay quiet! Share your experience with the Community!

Take Care!!!
Team tellows

The Phobia of the Most Wanted – Nuisance Calls remain a Threat the Well-being of the USA’s and UK’s peoples

Another week passed and the spams and scams continued nearly unopposed. However, the tellows database grows continuously and provides vital information on the most wicked telphone numbers there are. Here they come, the Most wanted of the US’ and UK’s scam and spam numbers:

1. 01613126506 from Manchester with a tellows score of 8
2. 01792455426 from Swansea with a tellows score of 8
3. 01172090021 from Bristol with a tellows score of 7

The setup of this week’s most annoying telephone numbers seems rather familiar. The Manchester number enjoys great attention as the high amount of over 3000 search requests indicates. Swansea follows suit with 2512 search requests. Both of the numbers mentioned before dwarf the 500 requests of the Bristol number which seems rather like a newcomer. The quantity of calls from the Bristol number in the last few days, however, earned it a place in the UK’s Most Wanted spam and scam calls.

Bob offered a most helpful comment

Multiple, daily calls regarding payment protection insurance, which I have never purchased. Pre-recorded message. Pressing ‘9’ for automated opt-out has no effect. Extremely persistent and annoying.

1. 3605296156 from Washington with a tellows score of 8
2. 6518293110 from Minnesota with a tellows score of 8
3. 2132615790 from Los Angeles with a tellows score of 8

In the USA there has only been a slight change in the rankings. The Washington spammers may have outpaced their Minnesota counterparts but on the end of the day a pain in the back remains a pain in the back.

Annoyed reported:

I received the exact same script call with the exception of the attorney’s name and the phone number originated from. Here’s the call:

Just got a call from this number. Woman said, “We need your attorney’s information.” I said, “What are you talking about?” to which she stated, “Are you aware you have a lawsuit and charges being filed against (stated my name and social security number) and told me to call back 1-323-513-8685 and ask for their attorney Michael Carcer and he would explain everything.

I kept asking whom she worked for and she kept saying Legal Fees. This number showed up on my caller ID as Los Angeles, CA. None of this sounded correct so I checked out here first. As I was checking I called the number and a recording says it is “no longer in service.” So, 1) this is the same Indian call center that was calling me about a month ago to give me an auto loan I never applied for and who has my information (scary), 2) the incoming number was spoofed, and 3) this is most definitely a scam. I will turn them over to FCC and State Attorney’s office if they call me again.

Let not fraudsters dictate! As long as there niches they can hide in they will continue their dirty work. Report your findings to tellows and render their spam numbers and, therewith, their niches useless!

Take Care!

the tellows team

The Neverending Ring – Spamming and Scamming is Their Creed for They are the UK’s and USA’s MOst Wanted!!!

As weeks fly by we grow weary of all those nuisance calls yet they seem only to increase in number and in strength. PPI claims and sweepstakes dominate their useless talk and their sweet whispers of great deals only cause nausea and a sudden urge to recap what we had for dinner. The authories remain idle and we have to fend off the Most Wanted Spam and Scam calls from the UK and USA.

Here the UK’s Most Wanted:

1. 01872277700 form Truro with a tellows score of 8
2. 01613126506 from Manchester with a tellows score of 8
3. 01172090021 from Bristol with a tellows score of 7

UNBELIEVABLE !!! The Manchester PPI company has been dethroned! The Truro based loan company and its agents paramounted even the annoying Manchester champion dwarfed its Bristol competitors.

Our user Mark commented:

These are a dodgy loan company! I applied for a loan before university in 2002 and they still pester me! They are mugs as well, the only thing they are good for is shouting abuse at. Me friend actually signed up and they took £80 from his account and then said he got declined for a loan! Disgusting!!

Let’s see how’s life across the Atlantic Ocean.

1. 3605296156 from Washington with a tellows score of 9
2. 6518293110 from Minnesota with a tellows score of 8
3. 2132615790 from Los Angeles with a tellows score of 8

All quiet on the Western Front. Apart from an increase in annoyed people the American spammers and scammers enjoyed a splendid week of exciting harassments and frauds. If you hope to disrupt their amusement spread the information on those numbers or make it your amusement

Annoyed reported:

I received the exact same script call with the exception of the attorney’s name and the phone number originated from. Here’s the call:

Just got a call from this number. Woman said, “We need your attorney’s information.” I said, “What are you talking about?” to which she stated, “Are you aware you have a lawsuit and charges being filed against (stated my name and social security number) and told me to call back 1-323-513-8685 and ask for their attorney Michael Carcer and he would explain everything.
I kept asking whom she worked for and she kept saying Legal Fees. This number showed up on my caller ID as Los Angeles, CA. None of this sounded correct so I checked out here first. As I was checking I called the number and a recording says it is “no longer in service.” So, 1) this is the same Indian call center that was calling me about a month ago to give me an auto loan I never applied for and who has my information (scary), 2) the incoming number was spoofed, and 3) this is most definitely a scam. I will turn them over to FCC and State Attorney’s office if they call me again

Take Care !!!

The tellows Team

The do not call list… Or not? – Telemarketers and Scammers, the phone calling machines, still wasting the time of the people of the USA & UK.

Yet another week of enforcing their unsolicited calls that waste peoples time and wake them up late at night. They only aim to rob you off, and they get angry when you tell them you are on the do not call list!
The shocking thing is that their fake offers and scams still work on some people. Thus, we aim to point them out to people and raise awareness that might save someones saving account.

These are the most wanted Scam and Spam numbers in the UK this week:

1. 01613126506 from Manchester with a tellows score of 9

2. 01792455426 from Swansea with a tellows score of 7

3. 01172090021 from Bristol with a tellows score of 5

Marbly wrote us:

They call on a regular basis trying to say that I can claim on mis-sold insurance, loans and credit cards.
I think there really a debt collection agency trying to confirm your identity and getting you to confirm old debts. TOTAL PARRASITES, DO NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THEM.

Another week for a Manchester Scammers in the lead. The first place goes to a telemarketer trying to get information from her victims. The second place is for a caller who often tends to hang up the phone before talking. And the last place goes to calls regarding fake payment protection insurance.

Meanwhile, the most wanted numbers of the USA are:

1. 3605296156 from Western – Washington with a tellows score of 9

2. 6518293110 from St. Paul – Minnesota with a tellows score of 9

3. 2132615790 from Los Angeles with a tellows score of 9

Leibeauty Wrote:

This “Company” has called me several times. I asked them to remove me from their call list…LOL They continue to call about once a week and each time I tell the person that I have made several request to be removed…!!!CLICK!!! They hang up on me…I am so sick of it and have reported them to the proper authorities but to no avail…THIS BORDERS ON HARASSMENT

Scammers are pretty active in the USA where the Washington number continues to harass people across the states. the second place caller offers $1 million prizes for his customers, whereas the third place goes to Los Angeles, a more violent caller who threatens people with putting them in jail if they do not pay.

Don’t hesitate to share your experiences with us,
Till next week, Take Care!

The tellows Team

Your Phone’s Unsolicited Exitement Foreshadows a Day flooded by Nuisance Calls – People of the UK and USA Beware for The Most Wanted strike again!

The last week proved to be awash with the chatter of super motivated call centre agents. Their talk of PPI claims, alleged high quality products and other trivial subjects made our ears bleed. In their arrogance they keep ringing our phones, landline as well as mobile, and strike with waves of silent calls and pre-recorded messages. The authorities on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are impotent at best and grant the call centres leave to do as they please. The least we can do is to share what we know of the perpetrators and warn our fellow folk about the most dangerous numbers. Here they come, the Most Wanted Spam and Scam Numbers of the UK:

1. 01616567957 from Manchester with a tellows score of 6

2. 01268297656 from Basildon with a tellows score of 7

3. 02070603887 from London with a tellows score of 7

Jo0lz wrote:

This is a cold calling computer attached to a call centre. The computer automatically calls random generated numbers then once you answer it logs your number in a database of active phone numbers and will call back. When they did get through is was call centre staff trying to hook you in for making a claim against miss-sold payment protection insurance

This week’s UK pole position is championed yet again by a Manchester company. Well, that’s what we are meant to believe. It’s TalkTalk operating from call centres based abroad in order sale upgrades and other trivia. Obviously Opus Credit employees are more motivated than other call centre agents since they occupy the 2nd place for several weeks now. Last but not least is a newcomer from London luring the ignorant into their web of PPI claims.

Now let’s have a look at the New World.

1. 3605296156 from Minnesota with a tellows score of 8

2. 2064960410 from Washington with a tellows score of 9

3. 6518293110 from Seattle with a tellows score of 8

amber wrote:

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 sweepstakes scam is still one of Most Wanted phone numbers in the USA. The Washington number harasses people without end and, unfortunetely, even less is known about disruptive elements from Seattle.

What does that tell us? Share more info!

Until then….

Take Care!
The Tellows Team

The Silence of the Phones – An Utopia? Hardly. At least as Long as The Most Wanted Spam and Scam Phone Numbers Retain Their Unsolicited Onslaught on our Nerves.

Weeks have passed but the world of telecommunication changed only a little if at all. Callcentre agents thrive on the ignorance of the common people. So let us spread the news of the UK’s Most Wanted spam and scam numbers:

1. 03333440125 Premium Rate Service with a tellows score of 7
2. 01268297656 from Basildon with a tellows score of 7
3. 08446882777 Premium Rate Service with a tellows score of 7

It seems Payment Shield is on a sales hunt. Closely follows by Basildon’s Opus Credit and last but not least a silent caller who still needs to be identified.

Our user Ian commented:

PHONE RINGS, YOU ANSWER, THEY BREAK THE CALL. THIS TYPE OF COMPANY SHOULD BE BANNED. JUST PLAIN BLOODY ANNOYING

The people of the US do not fare well either.

1. 2142831316 tellows Score 9
2. 905488209664 tellows Score 7
3. 9722178347 tellows Score 9

None of the above mentioned numbers is new to us. A still unidentified caller from Dalles goes first, a $1m lottery scam following in hot pursuit. Last but not least, the De Soto based Metro News Service, Inc grinds the peoples gears with repetetive calls.

That’s it for this week.

Take Care!!!

The tellows Team

Torment the Tormentors – How to Drive the Telemarketer Up the Wall… :)

Actually we should feel sorry for them. “They´re just doing their jobs, aren´t they?” It is obvious that they are not calling us to have a nice little chitchat, but they want to sell!. Still, they are just doing what their boss told them to do …

Try to imagine that YOU are working at a call center and your job is calling people and selling things. However, not many people could imagine to harass their fellows like that.

Maybe it is a question of the individual´s moral, whether to do such a job or not – and if yes, for what money? Call centres worldwide have been established in areas of high unemployment, which guarantees cheap workforce as well as a big choice and substitutability of human resources for the marketing companies.

Being a call center agent who does telemarketing is not easy at all. Could we make an end to telemarketing if there was no-one working for them anymore? What if it became unprofitable for them?

The website Tormenting Telemarketers came up with a nice game you can play on telemarketers in order to waste their working time (author: David Cathey):

Tormenting Telemarketers
Premise:
Telemarketers take the brute force approach to making sales. If you talk to a whole bunch of people, someone will buy what you are selling.

Counter-Tactic:
Waste as much of their time as you can. For each minute that you waste means several potential customers that will not be reached. Make Telemarketing unprofitable. Hanging up only increases the changes for them to make a sale. Don’t let this happen!

Hints:
Most of the preliminary stuff is done by someone making minimum wage, and reads a script. Let them finish. It’s easy points, and you were watching Star Trek and weren’t using your phone anyway. It’s easy to keep them interested using “attentive grunting”, similar to when your mother calls.

Scoring:

Basic Point System:
For each minute spent on the phone 10 pts.
Getting transfered to someone who makes
more than minimum wage 15 pts
For each minute spent on the phone with
person making more than minimum wage 25 pts

Bonus Points:
Getting them to repeat part of the “script” 5 pts/each
Getting answers to stupid questions 15 pts/each
Changing the subject 50 pts/each
Making the sales person angry 175 pts
Making the sales person use profanity 750 pts
Get their boss on the phone, and tell them
the salesman used profanity 1500 pts
Getting their 1-800- number 10 pts
Posting their 1-800- number to alt.sex as
a free “Phone Sex” line 50 pts
Checking the number a week later and it is
busy or disconnected 5000 pts

Example:

Me: Yes?
Them: Hi, I’m with Fly-By-Night Carpet Cleaning
and we’re in your area […] [start clock->]
Them: […] would like to know it you are interested?
Me: Sure…
Them: Well, we are currently offering […]
Them: […] depending on the size of the rooms.
Me: Well, how much for the whole house?
Them: Let me transfer you to [15 bonus pts!]
Them: Sir?
Me: Yes?
Them: How large is your house? [25 pts/min!]
Me: Oh, about 2,000 sqft.
Them: […] Well, that would be about $xxx
Me: It won’t hurt the floor, will it? [stupid ?]
Them: Oh, no! We use a […this usually takes some time!…]
and is completely safe.
Me: Even with my pets? [stupid ?]
Them: Oh, yes. The chemicals we use […]
Me: Do you have to pre-treat, since I have pets?
Them: Yes, and we do that with […] [repeat!]
Me: But the original offer was for $39.95, does that
include treating for pets?
Them: […]
Me: Well, it is kindof dirty. The guys were over for
the game. Did you see the Cowboys vs. the Rams?
[subject change]
Them: Yes.
Me: What a game! That last touchdown pass! Wasn’t that
a great play?
Them: Well, back to your house…
Me: Oh yes, what about moving the furniture?
Them: […]
Me: Do you clean furniture, too? Those guys spilled some
beer. Have you smelled old beer on furniture before?
But what a game, eh?! I couldn’t believe that they
couldn’t move the ball in the second quarter…
[…] [subject change]
Them: Ahem… Would you like us to come out? [angry???]
Me: Well, when could you come out?
Them: How about next week?
Me: Hmmm… Morning or afternoon?
Them: Either would be fine.
Me: Do you have anything the week after?
Them: Sure, can I put you down for Tuesday?

[Okay, let’s try for those last big bonus points:]

Me: Well, I don’t think it matters, since I have all
hardwood floors here!
Them: Dammit!

We are very keen on hearing about the games you played with your favourite telemarketers. You are welcome to write us about how you got the telemarketers’ hackles up and how many points you made!!!

Enjoy your local telemarketer!

Team Tellows

Ring Ring – Who’s there? Alas! It’s the Week’s Most Wanted of the USA’s and UK’s Spam and Scam Phone Numbers. Don’t Worry, We’ll Hold the Line!

As the weeks fly by the scammers and spammers of the world continue to harass the common folk without mercy. Their furious charge into the midst of our private lives leaves our domestic peace shaken and prone to a nervous collapse. As we struggle to keep our tempers in check the authorities measures to tackle the unsolicited intrusions remain quasi non-existent. Hence, we need to help ourselves.

Here are the UK’s Most Wanted:

1. 03333440125 from a Premium Rate Service with a tellows score of 7
2. 02920822696 from Cardiff with a tellows score of 8
3. 01268297656 from Basildon with a tellows score of 7

In terms of annoyance last week’s premium rate service number is still top of the notch. However, Basildon was demoted to 3rd place by Cardiff’s mobile contract hunter. Nonetheless, Opus Credit did also quite a good job for you obviously still despise them.

annoyed! commented:

Despite being asked to remove my number from their database they seem to be refusing even though I am registered with TPS… cant anything be done??

Unfortunately, the great Atlantic isn’t the barrier it used to be. People in the USA suffer the same nuisance calls as their English counterparts.

1. 2142831316 from Dallas with a tellows score of 9
2. 2124485501 from New York with a tellows score of 6
3. 2816701528 from Houston with a tellows score of 5

Mr Nelson commented:

I let my fax machine answer such calls I don’t know who they are.. But I would like these calls to stop..

Debt collector’s, a wannabe university and an unindentified number. What else is there to say? It seems the American and British authorities successfully ignore the crimes of a few and the needs of many. Nonetheless, life goes on … and we’ll hold the line!

Take Care !!!

The tellows Team