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Old 05-20-2011, 11:16 AM
 
Location: san antonio texas
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Default phone call from a 777 area code?

so, over the last few days, in addition to my neighbors dogs stinking up my yard, ive been getting calls from 777-889-1544. a reverse lookup yields no data. google pulls up phone call forums where people post about strange calls they get. this number was on there, doing insurance surveys n whatnot.

so i decided to answer it. was connected with someone with a foreign accent. kept asking for someone who doesnt work here. informed him that the # he called is a business line. i then asked to be removed from whatever list they have. he responded with 'uhhh... i ... uh.. will take note of that'.

so i asked for his manager. he refused. i persisted and asked a total of 5 times for his boss/manager. on the last one, he said 'sir i dont care what you think either, have a nice day' and hung up on me. he even refused to take my name off whatever list until he spoke with the person he was asking for.

im wagering it was an overseas scammer of some type, seeing as he had no real data about me, my business or the number he was calling
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:25 AM
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Location: San Antonio
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Almost certain to be Caller ID spoofing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I wouldn't worry about it. It could have been from another country or it could have been burglars down the street casing the joint. Sounds like you handled it as well as it could have been handled.
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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They won't bother you again. Don't worry about it.
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Northwest side of San Antonio
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If you're at work ask someone in your IT department to block that number (unless it always comes up as a different one). If it's a cell phone just block the number. I've had things like that happen a few times. Blocking it seems to give the person the hint.
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:27 AM
 
Location: san antonio texas
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Maybe bill collections.

I suggest you change your phone number.
you know what? its honestly gotten so bad over the last month ive seriously begun to consider that. its not a bill collector. 777 is an invalid area code. its someone spooding their ANI/caller ID. im on hold with the cybercrimes division of SAPD and am going to talk to a buddy there who might be able to shed some light on this for me.
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:29 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Sounds like the ones I get on my cell. I just say, "Sorry. bad connection. can't hear you." then hang up. I specially like the ones I get in my email asking to help them recover millions of $$$ and I will get my share if I provide them with bank account numbers and other personal info. All scams..
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:35 AM
 
Location: New Braunfels, TX
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Try a nice, LOUD whistle. Usually works for me. No, I don't do it on their first call - but heaven help whoever makes a SECOND one!
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:42 AM
 
Location: san antonio texas
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im gonna go all out next time. i have a questionable video loaded up, gonna blare that into the phone should they call back
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Austin, Houston, and San Antonio
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Speak in a language not widely spoken, like Hungarian or Icelandic. Problem solved.
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Old 07-07-2011, 08:26 PM
 
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I recommend that if you do not know who is calling, don't answer the phone. If it's important and they have actual business needs with you, they will leave a message other than a recorded message stating what it is they need to talk to you about.
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