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Old 08-25-2014, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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Just curious if there was a website or other tool that would flood a phone number with calls? I got a scam call from "The IRS" today and would love to waste this criminals time and or force him to get another number. Here is the text of the voicemail....

""earned(?) a call. The issue at hand is extremely time sensitive. My officer Julie Smith from Internal Revenue Service and the hotline to my division is 2025069761 I repeat it's 202506974 disregard this message and do return the call before we take any legal allegation against you. Goodbye and take care."
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Just curious if there was a website or other tool that would flood a phone number with calls? I got a scam call from "The IRS" today and would love to waste this criminals time and or force him to get another number. Here is the text of the voicemail....

""earned(?) a call. The issue at hand is extremely time sensitive. My officer Julie Smith from Internal Revenue Service and the hotline to my division is 2025069761 I repeat it's 202506974 disregard this message and do return the call before we take any legal allegation against you. Goodbye and take care."
The caller id number is most likely spoofed, so flooding it would probably do no good.
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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The caller id number is most likely spoofed, so flooding it would probably do no good.
I called the number provided and talked to the scammer. It is a good number at the moment.
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Unless you know someone in Washington D.C., your best option is to put the entire 202 area code on your call block list. A LOT of scammers use that area code because they think it lends legitimacy (little do they know how it works to de-legitimize calls).

The number you mentioned has a number of cites in http://800notes.com/Phone.aspx/1-202-506-9761 I wouldn't bother with it. Until the telephone companies get on board about stamping this stuff out, it will continue.
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Old 08-25-2014, 03:44 PM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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I guess you can try using war-dialing software. They typically don't call the same number over and over - but I don't see why you can't set it up that way.

But I do agree with Skunkz about unintended consequences. Perhaps just blocking the number is easier....
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Old 08-25-2014, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Wandering.
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Even with a legit number, I'd assume that they can block a number easily (my virtual PBX allows this with a single button push). So you'd get one or two calls, get blocked, and that would be the end of it.
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Don't do it. It's a waste of time and money (those calls you want to flood them with will each cost something), and you could very well be breaking some laws in the process.

Hypothetically speaking, it would be pretty a trivial task using asterisk.
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I guess it isn't worth it but I would really love to disrupt the scam. Maybe I will call back in a few days and pretend to play along with it. I have heard they want you to get a reloadable visa card for payment of the "tax owed". Maybe I can waste some of their time with that such as giving them the wrong numbers ect... I'll just claim to have poor eyesight. Maybe I can start asking tax questions such as a credit for being blind.
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Old 08-25-2014, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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Maybe I can start asking tax questions such as a credit for being blind.
Deaf. Tell them you're completely deaf. Can't hear a thing. See if they figure it out.
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Just curious if there was a website or other tool that would flood a phone number with calls?
Pretty sure that's causing a number to be phoned repeatedly is a violation of Federal law. I don't recommend that tactic, unless you look good in an orange jumpsuit.
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