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Fri, May 01, 2015 10:16 pm
elemarketers spoofing calling numbers
U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
in conjuction with the
Do Not Call
. U.S. residents who don't want to receive calls from telemarketers
can add their phone numbers to the FCC's Do Not Call Registry. Once a number
has been added to the registry, telemarketers are not supposed to call the
number unless one of the following conditions applies:
- the calling organization has an established business relationship with you
- you have given prior written permission for calls from the caller
- the calls are not commercial or do not include unsolicited advertisements
- the calls are being made by or on behalf of a tax-exempt non-profit
I've had our phone numbers on the registry for years. I believe adding the
numbers may have reduced the telemarketing calls, but many telemarketers
ignore the Do Not Call Registry. I have been filing a complaint through the
FTC National Do Not Call Registry
website whenever I receive such calls. I fill out the
Submit a Complaint form after receiving such calls in hopes that if many
others are submitting complaints regarding the same calling number that the
telemarketing company will be fined for its disregard of the regulations
that apply to them.
Lately, though, I've been finding that a large number of such
calls are from "spoofed" numbers. E.g., today I received a robocall with a spiel
that began with "This is Rachel at Card Holder Services". The spiel
ended with a note that this would be my final notice, but I've been
receiving such telemarketing calls from "Rachel at Card Holder Services"
for months, each ending with the reference to a "final notice". The only
option at the end of the spiel was to hit 9 to speak to someone. The
person remarked about my desire to reduce my credit card rate; I said
"No, I want to be removed from the calling list". I asked very politely,
but the person immediately disconnected. I called the number that appeared
as the calling number on my cell phone. After several rings, I received
a recorded message typical of what you would find on someone's personal
voicemail. I figured the telemarketer had spoofed the calling number and
didn't leave a message, but a short while later I received a call from the
person who had that number who was wondering who had called him and why. I
told him about the telemarketing call and said I suspected when I heard
his voicemail that a telemaketer had spoofed his number. He understood
and mentioned he finds telemarketing calls annoying as well. The area
code and first 3 numbers of his number matched those for my cell phone,
likely because the telemarketer by using a number that would seem to be
local to me would be more likely to have someone answer the robocall.
Some people may avoid the plague of telemarketing calls by only answering
numbers they recognize, but I use my cell phone for work and can't tell
by looking at an incoming number whether it is a work-related call or
an annoying telemarketer, since I can't know the number for everyone
who may call me on a work-related matter and those calling on work-related
matters may be in other parts of the country. Nor can one even
reliably assume today that an area code reveals the geographical area
of the caller.
As long as a significant percentage of people buy whatever a telemarketer
is selling, telemarketers won't stop calling no matter how annoying most
people find such calls. But someone would be exceedingly foolish to provide
a credit card number and other personal information to some unknown caller
offering to reduce one's credit card rate in return for providing such
information to the caller. Since I've been getting such calls for months,
I can only assume that a significant number of people do so, though.
When I know the caller is ignoring the Do Not Call Registry, I assume that
the caller's business practices are dubious at best. And certainly when the
calling number has been spoofed, it would be prudent to assume that the caller
is a scammer who may use any credit card number you provide for his own
nefarious ends or sell it to others.
According to the FCC
Caller ID and
Spoofing page a telemarketer must:
Transmit or display its telephone number or the telephone number of the
seller on whose behalf the telemarketer is calling, and, if possible,
its name or the name and telephone number of the company for which it
is selling products or services.
Display a telephone number that you can call during regular business
hours to ask to no longer be called. This rule applies even to companies
that already have an established business relationship with you.
Under the Truth in Caller ID Act, violators can be subjected to a penalty of
up to $10,000 for each violation of the rules.
So what can you do in such cases? I filed a complaint for the above
mentioned call via the
FTC Do Not Call Registry complaint form. You can also
file a complaint through the FCC's
site by submitting a
For the "Phone Issues" field, you can select "Telemarketing (including
do not call and spoofing". It only takes a few minutes to complete the
complaint forms and I filed a complaint in this case there as well.
Will filing such complaints do any good? The
Rachel With Cardholder Services’ Coughs Up Refunds article published
on January 19, 2015 on the ABC News site notes:
The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer watchdog, has
reached a settlement with a collection of companies it says used that
ploy. And now a special administrator is preparing to mail out checks
The total amount available to repay consumers is $700,000. The FTC says
it is mailing out 16,590 checks this week. Each check will be for $42.95
and must be cashed within 60 days.
But that article also notes:
In fact, after the FTC took its first action against “Rachel,”
investigators were frustrated when the calls continued, likely placed
by other sketchy companies.
I'm not looking for a remuneration for the disruption to my work and
wasted time from such calls, but I would like to see companies that ignore
the Do Not Call Registry and use spoofed numbers fined and, hopefully, put out
of business. I hope that others will also file complaints and that an
accumulation of such complaints will lead the FTC or FCC to track down at
least some of these companies and take action against them.
Tue, Jan 07, 2014 2:56 pm
Telemarketing or scammer call from 717-203-8889
At 2:12 PM, I received another annoying telemarketing/scammer credit card
call. When I answered the phone I heard a message about reducing
credit card interest rates. There was a mention that the call was from
"Cardmember Services". Since there was no mention of my credit union
nor bank, it was obvious that it was not a call from my
bank nor credit union. I hit "1" to speak to a representative so I could
ask that the calls be stopped. When I was finally connected to a person,
I asked her what company she represented in a friendly tone; the person
immediately hung up without answering, so I couldn't ask to be removed
from any calling list used.
I then used *69 to get the calling number, which was 7172038889. When
I called I heard the message "Please leave a message for. That mailbox
is full." There was no person or company identified after the word "for".
I've received many telemarketing calls where the caller is identified as
"Cardmember Services" and don't know how many telemarketing companies
or credit card scammers use that identification. If it was a telemarketing
number, there was not a way for me to get the actual name of the company.
As I usually do in such cases, I reported the calling number to the
U.S. Federal Trade Commission's National
Do Not Call Registry website, since my home phone number is in that
registry, thus telemarketers shouldn't be calling my number. Unfortunately,
many telemarketers ignore the list, apparently feeling that nothing will be
done to them if they ignore the list. Perhaps that is true; I don't know
how limited the FTC's resources may be for pursuing such companies. I can
only hope that if enough complaints are filed for a particular number that
the FTC will investigate and at least fine a few of them, though I'd like
to see such companies put out of business.
I think anyone who would answer such a call and provide a credit card
number to the caller is either a fool or extremely naive, since providing
credit card information to an unknown caller may provide an opportunity to
a scammer to use that information to use the credit card information for
nefarious purposes. But since I've frequently received such calls, apparently
such telemarketers/scammers find a fair number of people willing to do so.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 11:27 am
Senior Assistance Telemarketer
Our home phone number is on the U.S. federal government
Do Not Call
list, but that doesn't
stop some telemarketers from calling, even though people who have added
their phone numbers to the do not call registry are unlikely to do
business with some company that calls them in spite of their numbers
being on that list.
I received a robocall with a spiel about an opportunity to receive
$3,000 in free groceries with no option to have our number removed from the
company's calling list. I could only hit a button to speak to a representative,
which I did. I asked for the name of the company and was told it was
"Senior Assistance" something. When I complained about the company ignoring
the do not call list, I was told that I had opted in to receive such calls.
I've heard that excuse before, which I regard as bogus, since I don't opt in
to be contacted by third parties when I register any personal information
with companies or organizations. Companies that ignore the do not call list
likely often tell employees to use that excuse to placate people who call
and complain about their annoying telemarketing calls.
When I used *69 to get the calling number, I found it was 323-281-1384.
323-281-1384 / 3232811384 at the
800notes site which provides a directory of unknown callers where
people can report such calls, I found other people on the Do Not Call
registry complaining they also received such calls.
I filed a complaint at the
National Do Not Call Registry Submit a Complaint page as I usually do
when I get such calls. I can only hope that enough other people file a
complaint there that the Federal Trade Commission may take some action
against the company, though I'm doubtful that action will be taken, or, if
it is that any fine would be stiff enough to make ignoring the list untenable
for the company.
Wed, Sep 26, 2012 9:08 pm
Annoying "Card Member Services" call from 407-476-5700
My wife has been getting annoying "Card Member Services" calls on
almost a daily basis. Today I hit *69 to get the number from which
the call was being placed. The number was 407-476-5700. I hit 1 on
the phone's keypad to speak with someone who claimed, when I asked him
what company he worked for that he worked for the dubiously named "Card
Member Services" company. I informed him that I was on the government
Do Not Call list
and that he
shouldn't be calling. He hung up and I reported the calling number at the
National Do Not Call Registry
website, since our home phone number has been on that list for years.
I also called the calling number where one of the options was to enter
my phone number after the beep to have the company take our number off
their list. There was no beep, but I entered the number anyway.
I found many others reporting such calls from 407-476-5700 over the last few months at
800notes Directory of Unknown Callers 407-476-5700. I found postings there from others on the government "Do Not Call" list and postings from people stating that requesting the company remove their number didn't put an end to such calls.
Fri, Mar 30, 2012 3:29 pm
National Do Not Call Registry
If you, like me, don't like receiving telemarketing calls and live in the
U.S., the federal government maintains a "National Do Not Call Registry"
that telemarketers are supposed to refer to before calling phone numbers. If
a telephone number is on the list, the telemarketer is not supposed to
call the number. You can add your phone number to the list by
pointing your web browser to the
National Do Not Call
Unfortunately, some telemarketers ignore the list. If they do, you can
file a complaint at the
complaints page. You will be asked to provide the number that was
called, the approximate time of the call, and the calling number, which
you may be able to get by
Caller ID or by hitting *69 on your phone
immediately after the call has ended to get the time of the last incoming call.
You will also be asked to provide the name of the company, if you know it.
I received an automated call today telling me I hadn't responded to
prior offers to reduce my credit card rate and this would be my last chance.
I hit "1" on the phone to speak to someone. When I asked for the name of
the company I was told it was "Branch Card Services", which is probably not
the real name of the company for which the telemarketer or scam artist I
spoke to works. When I asked where the company was located, he immediately
hung up. I hit *69 on my phone and found the number from which he was
calling was 971-220-1771. I then went to the National Do Not Call Registry
website and filed a complaint, since my phone numbers have been on that
list for years. A company that ignores the list is subject to being fined
by the government for ignoring the "do not call" list.
When I looked up the number on the
Intelius reverse phone number lookup site,
I found the
location for 971-220-1771 listed as Gresham, Oregon. Of course, such
companies can employ
Caller ID spoofing
techniques to hide the true number from which they are calling, so
the number you obtain from Caller ID or *69 isn't guaranteed to be the
number from which the call was placed.
You might wonder who would be foolish enough to provide a credit card
to someone who calls when you have no means of verifying the caller's
identity and no way of knowing if he isn't just a scam artist collecting
credit card numbers to sell to others or use himself. Obviously, such
calls must work, though, since I often receive them. I can usually get
the person on the other end of the line to give me a company name, all
of which have sounded rather dubious. Sometimes, I can even get the
person to give me the location from which he or she is calling. In one
instance, when I told the person that I shouldn't be getting such calls
because I'm on the "do not call" list, she asked me how she could get
on the list; I told her to go to
Sat, Jul 08, 2006 10:08 pm
Numbers to Dial for Information Associated with a Phone Number
If you need to determine the telephone number associated with a phone,
you can call your own phonemail number, leave a message and then
check your messages and, if the system provides callers' numbers, get the
number you called from or you can dial MCI's 1-800-444-3333 number. An
automated system will read the number you are calling from to you.
If you need to know the long distance carrier associated with
a phone line, you can dial 1-700-555-4141 from the telephone you wish to check.
You will hear an announcement telling you the name of the carrier.
And according to the
sprint gives out customers data when you call article posted on
digg, you can call 1-877-785-8414,
which is a Sprint customer service line, put in any Sprint customer's phone
number and get the full name and street address of the account holder.
The number you are calling from doesn't matter.
Thu, Jun 10, 2004 1:52 pm
How to Determine the Long Distance Carrier on a Line
You can determine the long distance provider for a phone line by
calling 1-700-555-4141 from the telephone you wish to check. You
will hear an announcement telling you the name of the carrier.
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