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2/7/2018

Phone SPAM – Patterns

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:21 pm

As I’ve mentioned before in previous posts, I get a lot of SPAM phone calls to my office line. I keep a log of them; not for any specific purpose, but it is amusing to track.

One of the key things these phone spammers do is to spoof their phone number. This means they use a service to make your caller ID read whatever they want it to say, and hope to entice you to answer. That is how some of them make it look like they are the IRS or the local police calling you.

In December, the phone spammers started using a spoofing pattern. It continued through January when I finally noticed it. It basically consists of an area code, followed by a random number and then 01-0355. So – (Area Code)#01-0355. I’m sure you can see it pretty easily, in my log below:

12/4/2017 1:48p (303)201-0355
12/5/2017 5:01p (303)201-0355
1/11/2018 9:46a (213)201-0355
1/11/2018 11:35a (213)201-0355
1/11/2018 2:27p (213)201-0355
1/11/2018 5:49p (213)201-0355
2/1/2018 11:01a (734)301-0355
2/1/2018 11:43a (734)301-0355
2/1/2018 1:37p (612)001-0355
2/1/2018 4:01p (559)501-0355
2/1/2018 7:05p (925)201-0355
2/5/2018 4:30p (925)201-0355
2/6/2018 5:09p (612)601-0355
2/6/2018 5:35p (612)601-0355
2/6/2018 6:50p (612)601-0355
2/7/2018 11:53a (612)601-0355

I answered the call that came in on February 5 at 4:30p. That time the caller ID said ‘Pleasanton, GA’. I knew it was a spammer since they were already on my log and fit the pattern. The call started as a recording from ‘Heather’ who wanted to let me know that they can consolidate my high interest credit cards (funny, since I don’t have any of those). I pressed a few buttons to talk to an operator. When I finally got through to someone, a very thick-accented woman and I said ‘hello’ to each other three or four times. The connection was so bad, I could not really hear her and I don’t think she could hear me. She eventually hung up on me.

I’ve not answered any of these SPAM calls since then. Although, if the number with the 612 area code (spoofing that they are in Minneapolis in case you were wondering) comes through again I may answer it. 4 calls in less than 24 hours? They are relentless.

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