UPDATE: Calls From A Stranger

Courtney tips that she’s received a Spanish spam call, this time from 301-392-8219, based out of La Plata, Maryland and registered to Verizon. We’ve also received reports about 305-503-8068. If anyone gets calls from these numbers, report it to your cell phone company and even the police. The police have the ability to access the records to trace these calls back to their source.

Most likely it’s a possessed pinata floating in a pile of rotting spam carcasses, jerry-rigged ethernet cables plugged into its demonic, cackling brain.

As we reported earlier, scumbags are using auto-dialers hooked up to hundreds of phone lines, calling people up in Spanish and telling them they’ve won a car and they just need their social security number to confirm the prize. The scammers order service from a mobile phone operator just to get a phone number to plug into the caller id for the calling device.

After getting your social security number, a variety of frauds and identity thefts can be perpetuated.

Verizon has shown an appetite for shutting these guys down, perhaps they will trainwreck this latest scammer.

Previously: Calls From a Stranger thread.

UPDATE: Ryan just received one from (661)375-3050 from Delano, CA registered to Arrival Communications.

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  1. Building says:

    Got a call from the same number yesterday.
    I tried to call it back around 10 times.
    Number was always busy.

  2. matto says:

    The only way to shut down this spammer is to discover who’s selling him the PRI he’s using for outbound calls, not the throwaway numbers he’s spoofing CallerID from.

    I could be wrong, but I believe ANI (info the telcos get, but is not delivered via CallerID to subscribers) could be used to trace back to the sleazoid CLEC he’s probably using. CallerID is easy to spoof, ANI is not. Why the two are different is one of those funny ha-ha telco stories only a true geek could love.

    You might have some success calling your telco immediately after the call and letting them know that the last call you got was illegal. If they are interested enough, they have the ANI logged, and can possibly give it to you. Most telcos have policies about being useless and obstinate about giving out that info, though.

    Good luck!

  3. Spr1dle says:

    I got a Spanish telemarketing message April 18 from 786-718-9058.

  4. matto says:

    I got a voicemail purporting to be from my mother on April 15th. The person leaving the message suggested I was not calling frequently enough, and enquired as to the likelyhood of grandchildren any time soon.

  5. People Paula says:

    Have you checked the children?