Receiving calls from 11 digit phone numbers-SCAM

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Original Post

If you have been getting calls on your home or cell phone from 11 digit phone numbers, I would take the time to read this...

I have been getting calls on my cell phone from strange phone numbers with 11 digits. I did not try to call the number back. I'm glad I didn't. I searched the net for an answer on what these calls are and came up with this web site.

nslog.com/2003/01/21/11digit_phone_numbers#comment-49156

The site is a blog that very briefly talks about New York adding more phone numbers but that's not what's going on here. I'd skip the blog post and go straight to the comments where you can really find more info.

Here's an interesting comment post from the site.
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joe
Posted 12 Aug 2008 (2 weeks ago) at 12:34pm #

Millions of mobile phone users are being subjected to a new wave of money making scams currently being carried out by a number of rouge agents set on taking advantage on the curiosity of the individuals they target.

The "Missed Call" scam is very basic and extremely effective, dependant on no more than a return call from those mobile phone users trusting enough to believe that someone is trying to contact them for genuine reasons.

So how does it work? � A computer is set up to pick numbers from a list and calls them automatically. After one ring the computer hangs up and the targeted handset indicates that a call has been missed. At this point completion of the scam relies on the owner of the mobile phone returning the call shown as missed on his/her handset.

Curiosity is the key factor on which the success of this scam has been based, and the scammers know that a large percentage of phone users will almost always return a missed call simply to find out the origin and purpose of it.

On returning the call, the owner of the targeted mobile phone is redirected to a premium rate telephone service and increasingly without his/her knowledge. The scammers then take this opportunity and ensure that the maximum amount of money is made from the call by entering into a lengthy conversation, generally relating to some bogus prize or competition.

Often, it is not until the monthly statement arrives that the targeted individual realises that his/her phone has been subjected to a "Missed Call" scam and charged excessive rates for the privilege.

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So, it looks like this is a scam. While most of the in-coming phone numbers seem to start with 506, not all are. My 11 digit calls begin with 849. And this is not restricted to Verison users, since my service is not Verizon, or AT&T, or any of the others mentioned in the above link. And it's not just cell phones because a few posters mention these calls coming in on their land lines.

Just thought I would let people know.

Posted at 9:00am Aug 22, 2008 EDT

Responses

MamaVSoap says

Why do people call numbers they don't recognize?

If it's not a scam, it's probably a wrong number.

This is a pet peeve of mine and I think anyone that falls for this deserves what they get.

Posted at 9:02am Aug 22, 2008 EDT

mt cell is my business phone, so i get calls form unknown numbers every day.

thanks for the heads up.

Posted at 9:05am Aug 22, 2008 EDT

i think it got this, and have also at work... on mine, they left a message warning me that my factory warranty was about to expire... on the car i don't have? ;)
i would never call something like that back, but i guess i'm just not curious enough!

Posted at 9:09am Aug 22, 2008 EDT

It's not that it's a wrong number. These calls do not stop. And they are not always the same number. I agree with MamaV, if I don't recognize the number, I don't call back, nor do I answer it, unless I recognize the local area code. But a number with 11 digits??? Not a chance.

Posted at 9:09am Aug 22, 2008 EDT

People are calling these numbers back out of curiosity, and not just because the caller left a message. In most cases, they don't leave a message. And many people are calling just to ask them not to call back and take them off their call list, which is supposed to stop the calls according to the Do Not Call law. But that's assuming you can track down who this actually is, and if they are not subject to US law, oh well.

Posted at 9:13am Aug 22, 2008 EDT

I never return missed calls unless I know the number. A couple of years ago we received a call at 11PM on our home phone. The caller left the message,"It's Jim, I want to to know there has been an emergency in the family, please call me back at 000-000-0000." Thanks to the heads up emails going around regarding scammers and outrageous phone charges if you returned the call, this area code originated in the virgin islands. We never returned that call it was obviously a scam.

Posted at 9:17am Aug 22, 2008 EDT

How do you receive a phone call from an 11-digit number? Does the 11th digit even show up on the cell phone display?

Posted at 9:25am Aug 22, 2008 EDT

Yep, the full number shows up. In most cases, you can't call the number back from your cell phone, it doesn't go through, most likely because it's international. But it will go through if you call from a land line. I think Verizon customers may get a majority of these calls because Verizon is one of the few companies that offers international calling plans. But again, it's not just Verizon users that are getting these calls.

Posted at 9:55am Aug 22, 2008 EDT

Creepy. Thanks for the heads up. I don't call back numbers that I don't recognize, but my husband uses his cellphone as his business phone and he might assume it's a potential client and call back.

Posted at 10:26am Aug 22, 2008 EDT

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