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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Recent unwanted telemarketer phone calls

Recent unwanted telemarketer phone calls

March 30, 2018

Guess what – getting unwanted spam calls on your phone is only going to get worse. A May 11, 2017 article in the Boston Globe, “The onslaught of spam calls will keep getting worse,” reports that telemarketers have “turned the simple act of answering the phone into a nuisance, one that’s a distraction at best and a costly scam at worst…

“It’s just one of the many creative ways that phone scammers are trying to manipulate us into giving up personal information, buying questionable products and services, or just handing over money.

“No, you’re not imagining it: These spam calls are on the rise.

“According to the Federal Trade Commission, Americans made 3.5 million complaints about unwanted telemarketing calls in the 2015 fiscal year. In 2016, that number shot up to 5.3 million. According to YouMail, a call-blocking service, a staggering 2.5 billion robocalls were placed nationwide in April alone. Yes, that’s a “b” for billion…”

March 30, 2018 recent unwanted telemarketer phone calls:

Credit card scam 30Mar2018: If you an extra minute, block this number on your phone: 410-259-1432. I have not gotten many unwanted phone calls recently from telemarketer scammer-criminals, but when I do I have been left with the impression that they will use the same number for a brief period of time and call many folks in the area.

This is a poorly executed version of the credit card scam. I waited for a customer service person to pick up the phone so that I had the opportunity to ask to be put on the do not call list.

The connection was poor and the call taker was not very articulate. Perhaps off-shore.

The numbers for other recent annoying unwanted telemarketer calls:

800-781-9921: 12:47 p.m. Jan. 29, 2018 - A family member and I got a phone call today from 800-781-9921. It was poorly executed recorder robo-call. The recorded voice lacked clarity, but it claimed something to the affect that my Verizon account had been suspended and that I needed to press a number to restore the account or press another number to speak with an account representative.

877-386-6275 - 5:35 p.m. Jan. 29, 2018 no answer upon answering the phone.

800-783-9283 4:10 p.m. Jan. 31, 2018 - Same call as the other day, different phone number. It was poorly executed recorder robo-call. The recorded voice lacked clarity, but it claimed something to the affect that my Verizon account had been suspended and that I needed to press a number to restore the account or press another number to speak with an account representative.

410-259-1432 Credit card scam 30Mar2018 12:04 p.m. Friday

(410) 259-3650 at 3:57 PM on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. I did not answer the call. I was on another phone call. No answer when i called the number back.

805-298-1104 11 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, 2017 "Just post free ad on our new to sell your rabbits quickly."

(410) 371-6706 9:30 a.m. Dec. 29, 2017 No one the phone when answered.

(410) 371-7052 2:45 p.m. Dec. 29, 2017 Credit Card scam

(410) 260-6404 Jan. 5, 2018 10:17 a.m. Credit Card Scam

410-260-6750 Jan. 17, 2018 8:38 a.m. Credit Card Scam

Block these numbers on your phone now: 212-332-0849; 248-297-6218; 801-278-1062; 430-231-4002; 302-922-5143; and 434-322-9044.

212-332-0849 17:08 April 6, 2017 New York – No answer upon answering. When I tried to call back immediately, I get the standard Verizon recording that your call cannot be completed as dialed…

Now it is four telemarketer calls in the last three days.

248-297-6218 Michigan 13:53 04/06/2017 No answer upon answering. I have friends with a Michigan connection, so I immediately left the room and called back. Sure enough, it was unwanted telemarketer with an automated response asking if I wanted to be placed on the "Do Not Call" list. So that is three calls in three days. I am well aware of folks who get number of calls per day, but in the past, I have not. I really wish something could be done about this.

April 6, 2017: Today, I even got a spam text from Verizon. From number: 9000070003121 What the What!? #@!!*&?? "FREE VZW MSG: Receive 1GB of free data on us! Sign up for Verizon Selects and get 1GB of data for free. View details Reply "X" to opt out of msgs. Get 1 GB free. Thank you. If you wish to restrict all future marketing text messages from VZW, reply 'Q'.

But then again, I have always figured that the telemarketers have always worked in collusion with Verizon – it must bring in an enormous amount of revenue.

Block these numbers on your phone now: 801-278-1062; 430-231-4002; 302-922-5143; and 434-322-9044.

801-278-1062 Salt Lake City 13:50 April 5, 2017 Said that the offer to lower my rate on my credit card expired today. It was an imperative that I speak with an operator. Funny, I've been getting these malicious scammer-calls for years. Block this number.

430-231-4002 Texas 17:19 April 4, 2017 No one on the phone when answered.

Block this number on your phone 302-922-5143 at 12:15 p.m. 23Mar2017 robocall from Delaware. No one on the phone when answered. Upon call back I was invited to be placed on the do not call list.

Block this number on your phone: 434-322-9044 5:47 p.m. 21Mar2017 robocall wanting to update my Google directory information.


According to a page on the Federal Trade Commission concerning robocalls, found here:  

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If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it's a robocall. We’ve seen a significant increase in the number of illegal robocalls because internet-powered phone systems have made it cheap and easy for scammers to make illegal calls from anywhere in the world, and to hide from law enforcement by displaying fake caller ID information.

To date, the FTC has brought more than a hundred lawsuits against over 600 companies and individuals responsible for billions of illegal robocalls and other Do Not Call violations.

The FTC also is leading several initiatives to develop technology-based solutions. Those initiatives include a series of robocall contests that challenge tech gurus to design tools that block robocalls and help investigators track down and stop robocallers. We’re also encouraging industry efforts to combat caller ID spoofing. Here’s the FTC’s game plan to combat robocalls:

Continue aggressive law enforcement
Build better tools for investigating robocalls
Coordinate with law enforcement, industry, and other stakeholders
Stimulate and pursue technological solutions.

Details about the FTC’s Robocall Initiatives

2015 DetectaRobo Contest
As part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, the FTC is challenging techies to use call data to predict which incoming calls are robocalls.

2015 Robocalls: Humanity Strikes Back Contest
The FTC is challenging the DEF CON community to create a tool that people can use to block and forward unwanted robocalls automatically. Forwarded calls will go to a honeypot — a data collection system that researchers and investigators can use to study the calls.

2014 Zap Rachel Contest: At DEF CON 22, the FTC challenged tech gurus to help us zap Rachel and her robocall buddies by creating the next-generation robocall honeypot.

2012-2013 Robocall Challenge: The agency challenged innovators to create solutions that will block illegal robocalls. The challenge is now closed and the three winners with groundbreaking ideas were announced in April 2013.

2012 Robocall Summit: The FTC hosted a one-day public event on Thursday, October 18, 2012 to discuss the rapid rise in illegal robocalls and identify potential solutions. You can view videos and PowerPoint presentations from the event’s panels.

More Information about Robocalls
Robocalls: Telemarketing sales calls with recorded messages are generally illegal unless you have given the company written permission to call you.

Infographic: How Does a Robocall Work? This visual guide shows how robocalls happen.

National Do Not Call Registry: Tips to help you stop unwanted calls and information about the National Do Not Call Registry

Phone Scams: These tips can help you hang up on a phone scammer and hold onto your money.

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