Saturday, July 15, 2006

Junk phone calls or VOIP phishing?

The Do-Not-Call list has put a stop to most Junk marketting calls but there are still calls comming in on my mobile number which was off limits before Do-Not-Call came in.

Todays call came from a company that sounded like 'Assured Lenders', a person calling himself Markus. The call back number was 1 800-606-1470, the caller ID was 949-419-1007. Calling back either number resulted in another recording that puts you on hold.

When I called the number back the phone was answered by a woman. She tried to claim that they were not cold calling but the speed with which the response was made made it obvious that she was hearing many complaints.

As with the email spammers these people have picked up ways to try to disguise the fact that they are cold calling, claiming to be responding to an internet enquiry. This claim is not very believable. How many mortgage companies respond to customer enquiries with a recorded voice message asking them to call back at another number?

How long before the VOIP phishing people use the same strategy? The FCC needs to make putting the cold callers of all types out of business a priority. Otherwise the outright criminal will quickly replace the nuisances.

7 comments:

astonishenator said...

I'm getting those calls as well. Did calling them put a stop to it?

Phill H-B said...

I have only had one call, it went to a mobile number though so it was banned before the Do Not Call list was in place.

I am tracking the number of hits to my blog in order to build a picture of their activity. I know enough people in Law Enforcement to get them seen to but at this point I am focusing on observation of the phenomena.

Jen said...

We started getting calls from them today. Next time I will answer the call and ask them to remove me, hopefully that will make it stop!

The Liberal said...

I have received this call and previously used to receive such calls from "The lending group." Is there anything we can do about this?

Chupacabra said...

I've gotten many calls from the exact names & numbers you posted. I'm calling the 800 number now... I told them there is a do not call registry and then hang up. They obviously do not care. But if we keep annoying their employees maybe they'll get the idea.

mommateake said...

i just got a call like that...im glad i googled the # so i know its junk...thank god for the internet

rramsmate said...

October 2006, and this number reaches my phone no less than three times a week, usually a lot more. Asking them for delisting does not work. Most of the time I just transfer the call to my computer for recording and cleaning.