UPDATE: Calls From a Stranger, 954-678-8026

We just received an email from Ben who says that he just received an unsolicited call from 954-678-8026 around 10:39 EST today.

As you may recall, this number has been auto-dialing people up and leaving unsolicited voice mails that make some kind of marketing pitch in Spanish. We need to get a recording of this.

To receive another call today, well that is a surprise. We thought they were disconnected by 7:30 EST yesterday. At least, that’s what the message “MSL03, your number cannot be completed as dialed, please check the number and dial again” lead us to believe? Are they spoofing the message?

Ben asks, “So, how would I stop these guys from calling me again? They’ve been doing it for the past few months, and I don’t think my Spanish is going to get any better.”

Check our previous post for ideas on how we can stop these scofflaws. We’ll be dusting off that Dick Tracy jacket , after all, which is great because it’s Spring and a wonderful time to bust out those day-glo yellows hiding in the closet.

Our first step will be to reverse look up the phone number and complain to the carrier. Hopefully we can also discover the address where the calls are originating from and trace the owner’s identity.

Previously: Calls From a Stranger


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  1. Clampants says:

    I definitely get the same MSL [ZERO] 3, your number cannot be completed…” message when I attempt to call the 954 offending number (and my phone spits back the message: “Call Failed: Unassigned Number”)

  2. Ben Popken says:

    Michael writes:

    “It must be possible to spoof a number as I’ve gotten several sales calls that show up as 000-000-0000. They get all the toys! We need some sort of grassroots, cross-bloggian effort here. Can we enlist the Gizmodo/Consumerist/Life Hacker crowd to help solve this?”

  3. Bubba Barney says:

    Looks like it is originating off of a Global Crossing switch.

    Office Information for 954/678

    State FL
    OCN 2547
    Rate Center FTLAUDERDL
    Switch FTLDFLMRX2X

  4. Bubba Barney says:

    Looks like Global was bought by Frontier Telecom in that area. But when you do a search on the number there, it says it is in an area that is not covered by Frontier.

    It may not be a real number. Just a ‘ghost’ number that someone has placed on the Dialer.

    Whoever receives this call should be able to have their service provider [if it’s a cell] do what is called a CDR [Call Detail Record] search, and that will be able to tell where the call is routing from.

    Or if you call from a landline to that number, you could do it that way as well.

  5. Ben Popken says:

    Just called Global Crossing. They own the network but the 954-678-8026 number is not one of their customers. She said “other carriers put calls across the network casually.” She couldn’t (or wouldn’t for a random bloke calling up customer service) do any tracking on the number.

    She said, however, a report can be filed with the police and they might be able to further with it… However, I’m not sure how much they care to help a vigilante, would probably only take a report from an actual victim… Might be worth giving the Ft. Lauderdale Police Dept a call at (954) 828-5700…

  6. Ben Popken says:

    Oh and on the CDR front, Ben writes in to say he called Verizon and a CDR is nothing more than what you would see at the end of your billing statement. No special secret information.