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Old Aug 21st, 2007, 09:31 AM   #1
 
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Another reason to get call display on your phone

Had a call today and didn't get to the phone in time to answer and thought I had seen the number before, so with the help of google I found this List of suspicious phone numbers

and sure enough the number on my call display was on this list in the 416 area code
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Old Aug 21st, 2007, 09:37 AM   #2
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Can anybody enter information on that page?

Does the page record IPs for those anonymous entries?
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Old Aug 21st, 2007, 09:44 AM   #3
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But What Is It?!

I wondered what was meant by a "suspicious phone number", and when I looked at the link, I couldn't immediately figure out what sort of scam this might be.
When I read the link's posts, though, it sort of became clear that these might be fake collections agencies harrassing people into paying non-existent debts.
Here's the best description I found on the linked site:

425-354-1563 leads to a receivables/collections company in Washington. I had some free time so I played along twice now. After hearing my name, I folowed the prompts. The first call was a young sounding female who proceeded to verify some of my personal info. She then explained that she was collecting on an AT&T account I have. After explaining that I don't have AT&T, she then wouldn't let me get a word in. She insisted that it was mine because she verified my info. I told her to send me the proof of the account since I have had the same landline and cell phone carriers for over 13 years. She claimed this account was from 2003. Since she wouldn't let me speak, I ended up firmly stating that it wasn't my account and that until they showed proof that it was, I wasn't paying. I then hung up.

The next call was the similar intro. Once the female rep finally answered, she just verified my name. After that, she launched into a non-stop rant about how they already verified my info so I need to pay the bill. This is when she got rude and unprofessional. She said they sent frequent notices and that if I would read my mail, I would have seen them. That's when I asked for a supervisor. She transferred me over to some guy. He started into a speech about how according to the FCSA, they have sent their collections notices as required so now I have to pay. I calmly tried to explain that it wasn't mine and that I would like some proof. He was worse then the female. He would continue to talk everytime I made an attempt to explain. I finally asked him if he had a problem with courtesy and respect. He said "no", but that I must because I wouldn't listen to them. At that point I firmly told him that when they found some respect and proof that this was my account, they could call me back. I expect another call tomorrow. Looking back on the caller ID, they have used two numbers. 425-354-1563 (Listed as "Unknown Name" on 8/21 and "Receivables Pe" on 8/19) and 425-686-1416 listed as "receivablespe" on 8/03. I am calling my TRUE phone carrier and placing those two numbers on a block. I am also checking my credit report to see if there is any damage there.
Caller ID: 425-354-1563

Caller: Receivables Pe
Caller Type: Collection Agency
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Old Aug 21st, 2007, 02:16 PM   #5
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In the last week I have received 4-5 calls from a 1 000 000-0000 and a 1 123 456 7891.
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Old Aug 21st, 2007, 07:07 PM   #6
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Another reason to get call display on your phone

Had a call today and didn't get to the phone in time to answer and thought I had seen the number before, so with the help of google I found this List of suspicious phone numbers

and sure enough the number on my call display was on this list in the 416 area code
Here's another similar site:

http://whocalled.us/lookup/5612045441

These clowns really **** me off... the do not call registery can't happen soon enough in this country.... not that it will stop them, I know....
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Old Aug 21st, 2007, 07:25 PM   #7
 
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I hate these numbers, it used to be that you could tell who it was with caller ID, now they block the name, and what is worst is that number spoofing is getting bigger and bigger.

I tend to just google a suspicious number, some of these numbers appear on one or the other, google tends to catch.
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Old Aug 21st, 2007, 09:02 PM   #8
 
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I hate these numbers, it used to be that you could tell who it was with caller ID, now they block the name, and what is worst is that number spoofing is getting bigger and bigger.

I tend to just google a suspicious number, some of these numbers appear on one or the other, google tends to catch.
just another good reason to have caller id and voice mail

if i don't know who it is, i don't pick up the phone
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Old Aug 21st, 2007, 10:01 PM   #9
 
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just another good reason to have caller id and voice mail

if i don't know who it is, i don't pick up the phone
yea, it's reasonable when you get a few calls. But when the call you 4 in a day from the same fake number, it gets quite annoying, I'm slowing drifting to using my mobile only because no telemarketers call.
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Old Aug 21st, 2007, 10:31 PM   #10
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just another good reason to have caller id and voice mail

if i don't know who it is, i don't pick up the phone
I don't have caller ID (on a 20-year-old phone?? ) but I do have an answering machine. If there's no message or it's a hangup, I don't worry about it. I've advised pretty much everybody I know that I do not run for the phone ... leave a message, please, and I'll get back to you ASAP. True, this has caused some friction with a few members of my family (Hi Ma!) but ...

I've had enough problems with Ma Bell; I don't need to be annoyed by scam artists or even legit telemarketers ... especially now that these calls can come any time, including Saturdays and Sundays.
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