Tracking Down Telemarketing Companies
Posted 18 September 2007 - 02:31 PM
Anyway, my question is how can I track down these incoming calls? I appealed to the phone company and they claim they do not keep (or more likely just don't release) call logs, even though I own the line. The only exception seemed to be requesting a phone trap, which seems a bit extreme. What's the best way to go about this?
Posted 18 September 2007 - 02:38 PM
Otherwise get on the No Call list and check your local laws - I'm not sure if you can take action against those that violate the list but at least it might minimise the number of calls you get.
Posted 18 September 2007 - 11:20 PM
Even something as basic as reverse lookup could help me whenever CID works. I don't even know if they can do that for 1-800 numbers, but if they could, I'd be interested.
Posted 16 October 2007 - 04:54 PM
Can anyone give me some advice on how I can track them down, social engineer, phreak or otherwise get the upper hand here?
Posted 16 October 2007 - 09:33 PM
Sales people wouldn't hang up if you answer the call, maybe it's a debt collection agency looking for someone, they don't leave messages.
Posted 16 October 2007 - 10:19 PM
Haven't heard of phising a voice call
This was going on long before email/IM type phishing, and still happens a lot today. Some of the telemarketing calls you are getting are probably scams designed to gather personal information. Personally, I've gotten calls from "credit card services" and "prescription plans" that, upon further investigation, fit the M.O. of known information gathering scams. The percentage of telemarketing calls you get that are scams like this will actually go up once you put yourself onto the do not call list, as the legitimate firms will honor it and stop calling you, but for the scammers, I suppose they feel there's no real harm in breaking a few more laws.
Less of a phishing thing, but you might even run across typical 419 or lottery scams in your snail mail. This too was going on before the emailed variants. I have a few letters, saying that I won a Canadian lottery, that I occasionally pass around when I give talks about scams.
Posted 18 October 2007 - 12:32 AM
Posted 18 October 2007 - 09:11 AM
Sometimes debt collectors get the wrong idea about who lives where. Sometimes it's a scam. The current resident is often so happy that they're not the ones the collectors are looking for, and so eager to clear it up, that they'll tell the person on the phone anything.
Posted 18 October 2007 - 10:51 AM
alot less likely that they are spoofing ANI as apposed to CallerID.
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