If you still remember, the US government is doing something to stop the skyrocketing robocalls, there are bills in Congress waiting to be voted next month. In the US, we receive billions of robocalls per month, and monthly money loss amount to 128M last year. Of course, it is promising if the bill passes in the summer, however, we should also pay attention to the latest information about phone scam in the mean time!
According to First Orion, also sited by Federal Communications Commission report,almost half of the calls received in the US will be a spam in 2019. According to a caller ID and blocking company in the US, it stated that there were 26.3 billion robocalls made in 2018. All these figures point to a skyrocketed trends of spam calls and especially for robocalls, that bothering almost half of the residents in the US. We have all received spam calls more or less before, but what are these Robocalls and how do they get so popular?
What are Robocalls?
|For some the Caribbean Sea equals paradise, for others, the sole notion of the Grenadian area code 473 forebodes only waking nights and sleepless nightmares. A new phone-fiend has arisen on the small island of Grenada in the Caribbean Sea and pesters unwitting people with dozens of silent calls a day.
Our fellow tellows users complain about an increasing number of automated calls from Grenada. Usually the calls are most numerous in the morning, yet afternoon calls and bellowing phones at night were reported as well. Yet no one actually ever talked to the caller. The tellows user thereby conclude that the callers agenda is primarily aimed at tricking people into calling back.
Danglt reported the number 4735209795:
Seems to be a ping call from grenada. Even without any fees for a service number the reaming fee will be high enough to cost you some dollars
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!