Agree that it's probably an international exchange, based on some link data for the IBFA Acquisitions thingy. If you want to call a relevant number that DOES answer - try this one, from the law firm that submitted their application to the FCC:
"IBFA Acquisition Company LLC, by its undersigned attorneys, hereby submits its 2009 CPNI Compliance Certificate and Accompanying Statement certifying compliance with Section 64.2001 et seq. of the Commissionâ��s rules.
Please contact the undersigned should you have any questions or concerns at 269-381-8893
extension 226 or firstname.lastname@example.org."
Above details from this page:
According to that page, the company isn't going to violate FCC rules about customer's proprietary info (i.e., phone numbers)! Leave that law firm a message that you don't like being called by this fraudulent company!
I was email spammed to buy a penny stock in a company call UNILAVA, which has a subsidiary called TELAVA that acquired IBFA Acquisition Company, LLC (see below). As part of my due diligence, I ran across this site regarding some questionable activities by IBFA.
These kind of companies behind multiple layers of companies to continue their questionable activities. Thanks for reporting your experiences here. While this may not be considered as a fraud and scam, trustworthy firms do not operate in this manner and it is not a company I would chose to invest in.
Thanks all of you for posting. Below is the SEC documentation and website I referred to above.
On January 16, 2008, Telava Acquisitions Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Telava, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire IBFA Acquisition Company, LLC (IBFA).
The area code is Dallas, Texas.....just FYI
Got a call from this number...the caller I.D. said "International"... answered the phone and no one on the other end....called it back and it says the number is no longer in service.....Do these people not have anything better to do!!!!!!!!
Ibfa Aquisition Company, Llc - Tx
Appears to be a phone number from above company.
called me on October 11 2008 at 11:30 p.m.
not disclosed Oct 12th, 2008
I dont generally advocate violent behavior .. except for telemarketers! LOL You can find a cheap airhorn at many locations. Await a human to come onto the line after the 4sec delay & let 'er rip with the airhorn. I have not one care in the world if they are deaf for life. You can bet they wont be calling back, or each one will get the same treatment ;)
prerecorded message. said today was the last day to take advantage of an offer to get a reduced interest rate on my account - didn't say what account! press 1 to accept the offer and 2 to decline. i hung up.
Recorded message and I hung up.
This number is showing on our caller ID at a branch office, they curse at our employees and say they are a collection agency for an online lending website. This location forwarded the calling information to our corporate location, and I am currently working on blocking that number from future calls. Not very nice people. The Number does show as 214-586-0999. I called it, somebody picked up, but wouldn't speak and I could hear noise and talking in the background, after several minutes of saying hello, I hung up.
Call at 12:52 claiming FBI had suspicion of drug sales...
It is the case for a police - people must be protected: they called me almost dozen times in one day.
I think this may be a skype thing -- I got voice mail from a friend who said he was dialing via skype, and I sent email asking if this is the number he called from.
Lisa Padol Jun 05th, 2008
i received 2 back to back calls at 4:30 AM!! I did not answer them because i was still half asleep, but there was a partial recorded message on my voice mail that said"again later" and then hung up. when i tried to call back in the morning, it says please wait while i connect you and then goes to hold with techno music???i did not wait to see who answered.
Just want to know who this was.
My boyfriend uses skype and when he had called me from it earlier today this number came up.
Received an international call from this number at 4AM. The unidentified caller spoke what I believe was russian language. It was really annoyed. I advised the caller not call anymore, which he did anyway, and I ended up disconnecting the line. Very f****** annoying.
Light Sleeper May 31st, 2008
This number is used as a caller ID by the Skype Internet Phone Service. If someone calls your phone number from Skype this will be displayed on your phone. The calls can originate from anywhere in the world...
I have been using Skype for years and previously the caller ID within the United States would be 000-012-3456
or 'Out of Area'.
Today was the first time I had seen (214) 586-0999 so I called it back and was put on hold with some techno music. I stayed on the line and was eventually dumped into a massive conference call. Like one of those old party lines except with people all over North America.
My rule of of thumb when I get calls from numbers I do not know is to let it go to voice mail. If it's someone you know or a legitimate call, they will leave a message!!
Skype User May 30th, 2008
I use skype and my number sometimes shows up as 214 586 0999. i know when it happens because people alway ask - where are you calling from?!?!
Skype User May 30th, 2008
Well, my car got broken into and I had a bunch of stuff stolen including my phone.
I got a new phone and this morning around 7:45am I got a call from this number and it was some techno music. I waited for about 3 minutes and then hung up. I wonder if there is any relation to my phone getting stolen.
Calls from this number can come from a Skype phone. I have a Skype phone and sometimes when I call people, 214-586-0999 shows up (but this is not my Skype phone number). Skype is not designed for caller ID to work properly in the USA.
NJ-Called at 10:30 pm on my cell...left no message
SanityCheck May 28th, 2008
it is a skype gateway number for people that call from skype since they dont actually have a phone number.. i got a call today and missed it.. come to find out it was my husband in iraq.
my boyfriends name can be either male or female, and the man left a message saying that he was the boyfriend. obviously it was someone trying to scam.
Yet another one. I told them not to call if it is for telamarketing, donations, or advertisment etc. The sad thing is, it is an international call and they can be using calling cards so if they get reported it goes to the calling cards and not them. Don't accept anything from these ppl.. it is a scam. Unless you do know someone over sea's who might be using a calling card to call.
NO MORE CALLS May 13th, 2008
This was not the first time we got a call from this number. Always hung up without said anything or leave a message.
This phone number is actually from overseas, i can tell by the accent the guy had (think it is in India) and they are actually identity theives, if they call you be very rough and demand to have your name and number removed or it will be taken to higher authority. I did it and the guy said he would in a scared toned, if that does not help I HIGHLY recommend for you to call your telephone company or whatever safety you feel to contact to secure your phoneline and persoanl information.
Called ID said International, but area code is Dallas, Texas. Never saw a call identified like this before, so I'm betting it is a bogus number. When I answered, the person didn't speak - there was silence. Maybe he pooped his pants.
They ask to speak to me. They want to send me a medical card and ask for my bank name and account number.
They continue to call through out the day. I can tell they don't speak English.
Donna Irby Apr 30th, 2008
I just received a call from this number and it was an Indian lady calling telling me that my husband won a 3500.00 government grant. When I asked the lady where she was calling from she said Washington,DC. I then asked why her number was registrating as International and a 214#. She then hung up the phone. This is truly a scam ingnore this number if it is not family like some of the messages below have noted. Thank God that Oprah had a show about this. I was able to pick up the warnings before I knew it.
I recived a call on 04/21/08 they asked for my real name and I replied how can i help you they replied We would like to offer you a special on diet pills from what you had ordered last time online... THIS IS A SCAM TO GET YOU TO GIVE THEM YOUR CREDIT CARD INFO !!! BEWARE !!!!!
THEY HAVE A WAY TO GET YOU TO LISTEN TO THEM AND THEN YOU GET SCAMMED FOR SURE !!! I HUNG UP
International Gateway shows up on caller ID. Person doesn't say anything when you answer
This might be one of these 419 Nigerian scammers... They are the terrorists and FBI should catch them...
A lady called... she didn't speak English... and mumbling something. Is this a scamming company or what? I guess I have to call FBI and deal with these assholes...
Call came in 60 seconds after our 'friends' at UNAS(signed) had called.
After reading through this, I think I may know what is up. Myspace has an IM feature that is allied with Skype. Skype could have been hacked (or their users), which would explain the mixed-up calls. Myspace is in the middle of a DDoS, and their IM system may be getting clobbered. This may be where some of the scammers are getting pieces of personal info.
All of which is highly speculative on my part. No message on my machine, and only checked the number since I know about a dozen people with 214 area codes.
A lady has called for the past two days. She knew my name and my husband's name and had a very heavy accent. I could hardly understand her. I told her we had a bad connection and she said...."wait, wait, wait....and I hung up both times. Very Strange. We ARE on a donotcall list, but are listed in the phone book.
I answered an add in the news paper for english bull dog puppies. Individual claimed he and his wife were on a Christian Mission trip in Africa. He called me to discuss payment and this # came up. I was concerned that I could be scammed out of my money. I looked at the comments and now realize maybe I am. Beware............
Today i got a call from the number on cell. 'cool' dude told me that i won. i said "great!" (sarcasm, i knew it was spam)then he said "So can i talk to Greg" or something like that, i told him "Sure his right here" (pretending to hand the phone to someone else) i said "Hello. Who is this?" And they hung up... Why? I don't know. any who the dude sounded really real like it had background noise and such. he also had breaks in his voice and stuff. now that i remember he also asked me for a mailing address and my credit card number.
Later that day i got another. it was a woman. She asked for credit number to. she then said to list terms and conditions press 1 now. I did. then it hung up on me... So in all. Don't answer the phone if its stupid things like that!!!
Got a call from that number a few minutes ago. It said International on caller ID. I picked up and heard a small far-away beep. I said hello twice then hung up. Also if you get a call from the same number but says other things like Dallas, Tx and such don't answer. They will call you every other minute if you do. Oh and they use skype sometimes. And are mostly fractured English speaking Spaniards.
This scumbag, who should put a bullet in his own brain, called my 16 year old daughter's cell phone. He claimed, in a thick Hindi accent, to be "Officer Paul Dawson" of the (obviously made - up) "United States National Medical Department of the United States Federal Government". I took the phone and, surprisingly, he continued to talk to me. After claiming my daughter, "due to her paying her taxes on time for several years", (though she is 16) was eligible for free medical care and would receive $500/month for 12 months. Obviously this is where he asked for her bank account information. Are there actually people who fall for this garbage? Please forgive my violent comments, but predatory scum like this need to be thrown off a cliff. How does he expect me to believe his name is "Paul Dawson"? I find this whole thing incredible, including the fact that this piece of human filth can apparently live with himself despite being a worthless sack of ****. He knew my daughter's first and last name, but had an incorrect, and fake sounding, address for her. Weird. "Paul", I hope you read this and cleanse the human race of your worthless self.
Bob Lovely Apr 06th, 2008
My Wife is Thai and currently there in Thailand.This is the number that displayed when I talked to her.Don't know why.When I called back i got a machine and tecno music.strange.
Received the call this morning, first caller id showed "out of area" I answered anyway and she advised she was in So. Africa and questioned if we were a doll site. I hung up and they called again but this time it showed "International"> I let the machine pick it up but they hung up.
Rang while I was still in bed. Didn't leave a message. Looked up the number on 411.com. Said it was land line of Ibfa Aquisition Company out of Dallas, Texas.
that number is coming thru a computer call via SKYPE, which is basically a switch board number for PC callers in or via Dallas Texas and can be used through other countries such as Mexico
RECEIVED CALL MOMENTS AGO AT 8:30 AM. 3/6/08
Caller ID reads "INTERNATIONAL" - When I answered the phone, nothing but silence. Call came on Wednesday March 5 2008 at 8pm Eastern Standard time.
Getting repeated calls from this number. I do not answer calls from callers I don't kmow. They never leave a message. Odd that this 214-586-0999 number calls, hangs up after the answering machine picks up, then I get a call from "unknown name, unknown number who likewise leaves no message.
JUST TALKED TO MY WIFE FROM LOURDS FRANCE, THE NUMBER SHOWED UP TO BE 214.586.0999 AND THAT IS NO HER CELL NUMBER
Getting the same call almost daily now. Guarantee you it's a pharmacy! John's right, it says..."Please hold while your party is located." Then it plays this killer club music and the music isn't that bad! I just put it on my speaker phone and my entire office smoked a fatty, popped a disco biscuit and broke out the glow sticks! Just kidding...It's 100% SPAM, so watch your ass!
Leatherneck Feb 28th, 2008
this number comes on my caller id as international 214-586-0999. but they are calling my elderly mom. that bugs me! I don't know the country code so i cannot find out any more. just hope something strange doesn't happen. don't need that
bugging me Feb 27th, 2008
These freaks could be in UK, France, India, or anywhere. You're wasting your time saying "do not call".
I live in Vietnam but have a Dallas 214 internet number. My sister-in-law calls us "free" from France and the caller ID is 1-214-586-0999
which someone else mentioned above (I googled it and found this site). You're going to need international internet assistance through UK or EU police, interpol, etc. Keep reporting it to USA federal authorities. In Russia, it'd take 3 days and thugs would show up with baseball bats and teach these freaks a lesson. end of problem. good luck.
John in Vietnam Feb 23rd, 2008
Manuel Bono called from this # claiming that I won $815,950.00 in a lotto from Madrid, Spain. Wants me to send in $1860.00 through Western Union to take care of fees. The call came up International. He will be waiting from now on for the money. Contacted the postal inspectors today for help.
Called 6 times one day , four times the next, then called at midnight followed it up by a call a 7am the next morning. (None answered) Finally got tired of it and called it back to bitch them out only to get the connection message. I immediately hung up. I have heard about some of these being incredibly expensive calls. Once it's placed they charge you extra money. One of my kids did this and I got charged 89.99 for the call. The phone company only refunded 20.00 after I complained. This is scary stuff. I'll be watching for my bill :-(
I am an apartment manager with a few tenants from Pakistan. I got a call from the 214-586-0999 number. The man on the phone stated that he was from Pakistan and that he was trying to get in touch with one of my tenants(he stated the tenants name) He asked for my tenants phone number and I refused to give it so he hung up. A minute later I received a call from the same person, except this time it said "Unknown Name, Unknown Number" He gave me a number to give to my tenant to call. It is 00971 502 836 536.. I have no clue what this is, but I don't think it is a scam. I think it is somewhat like a calling card. But I don't know!!
Got a call from KOFI
a scammer telling he has money for me, but i have to send him some money so he can get the other money released which he will send me...YEA RIGHT...DOES IT SAY "DUMBASS" as a telephone listing for me??? THINK NOTTTTTTTTTT
Not_Telling Feb 15th, 2008
This number is from scam artists!! Don't answer it. We filled out information to rent a house listed on Craigslist. The next morning we received an email telling us to send money right away and they would send us keys and documents to a house that we later found out doesn't exist. Now this morning they are constantly calling. We are not answering. The number comes up 214-586-0999 as well as an international number. We have since received three more emails from different people trying to extort money from us. We ALL need to report this immediately to the proper authorities and stop these people. They are from Nigeria and are preying upon innocent people. They do not live in the states. Be careful everyone and DO NOT give them any information.
recived a call from this number and this chinese guy knows almost everything about me and also they call from another number
I got call from this number twice in 5 minutes, I thought someone I know are trying to reach. When I called back , There was an automated message and then there was music ...played......very weird...Thanks for all the posts which helped to unstd this mystery call.:)
Just received a call twice from 214-586-0999 caller ID was showing (International) when you call back recoeding says
hold and I'm connecting. anyone have any idea whats going on????????????????????????????
HOW DO YOU KNOW WHEN A LITTLE SAND NIGGER MATURES??? WHEN HE TAKES THE DIAPER OFF HIS ASS AND PUTS IT ON HIS HEAD!!!HAHAHAHAHAH OH I LOVE THESE JOKES!!!
I GOT A FUNNY JOKE FOR THESE MIDDLE EASTERN FUCKERS!!! WHATS THE DIFF. BETWEEN THE INDIAN AND IRAQI BITCHES??? ONES PUSH START, ONES PULL START!!!HAHAHAHA
ID KILL THESE FUCKERS IF I KNEW WHERE THE FUCK THEY WERE!!
THESE PEOPLE ARE SKAMMERS!!!!
THESE FUCKING SCAM ARTISTS FROM INDIA NIGERIA KEEP CALLING MY HOUSE TRYING TO GET CREDIT CARD NUMBERS TALKING ABOUT MEDICATION I NEED... I DONT NEED THEIR SHIT!!! FUCK THEM MOTHERFUCKERS... IF I KNEW WHO THEY WERE ID KILL THEM THEY CALL SO MUCH!!!
PISSED OFF Jan 31st, 2008
These ppl called me saying that this was the social security adminstration. They said I would recieve 500 dallors a month
This number is just a number registered to a jump-off location for international calls. The call could be someone you know or someone you don't know. It could be from a VOIP, Calling Card, Credit Card at a pay phone or even a Cellphone. Ibfa Aquisition Company provides its services to outside companies needing the routing to your phone. They do business like this with companies all over. Think of it like this on a smaller scale when you hit roaming on your cellphone you are connected to a tower that is loaned to your cell service provider but in this case you would take the number of that tower location and provider. Thats the best way I can think to discribe it.
USMC_M82A1A Jan 31st, 2008
Nobody answered but kept calling me back, He called me about 5 times.
CLAIMED TO BE FROM SOCIAL SECURITY ADMIN. SAID I WAS TO RECIEVE 500.00 A MONTH FOR 6 MONTHS OF TAX REFUND MONEY. WANTED TO VERIFY BANK ACCT, SOCIAL #, AND ADDRESS. THIS IS A SCAM.
I received a call from this phone number, but I know the person who called and the callid info was all incorrect.
They called and said I was getting a "tax refund" from teh US Govt. I just needed to provide my bank account. I hung up.
got a missed called from this number.......called back ....recorded message prompted to hold on and then techno music went on forever...........
recieved a unknown number and then international number. one right after the other
I called the number and waited for like 4 minutes and then all of the sudden a whole bunch of people answerd at the same time ****im guessing they could not hear each other if not too many hellos they would of started saying something
It's my friends in Brazil calling over skype. NOT A SCAM
i got a call from this number durring the day at home when i was at work, when i came home i called the number and googled it. sat on hold listening to techno music for about 5 min and then i heard a conversation between two people that were driving in a car on a cell phone, then another lasy picked up her phone and said I had called her...quite odd, I'm not sure what exactly is going on here but it's not on the up and up.
I received a call from this number with a Asian woman claiming to work for the
Social Security Dept. She went on about money I had coming to me and when I mentioned
"scam" she hung up. Caller ID came across as International.
Called 3 times today within 10 minutes...did not answer-no message
I was on the phone and answered on the 4th ring...no one said anything so I hung up. Says International*
I GOT A CALL AT 4:45 A.M. ON 1/14/08. COULD'NT HARDLY UNDERSTAND GUY. HE TOLD ME TO CHECK MY E-MAIL FOR HOW TO CLAIM LOTTERY I WON.I THOUGHT THIS SOUNDED LIKE A SCAM AND FOUND THIS SITE. I CHECKED MY E-MAIL AND NOTHING WAS THERE. PHONE PROVIDER SHOWED TO BE: Ibfa Aquisition Company, Llc. out of Dallas Tx. I COULDNT FIND IT UNDER BUSINESS OR BBB. I FOUND IT UNDER REVERSE LOOK UP IN PEOPLE SEARCH. STILL DONT KNOW WHO OR WHY THEY CALLED. BUT I KNOW ITS NOT A BUSINESS.
AMANDA SANDEL Jan 14th, 2008
Caller ID showed "INTERNATION AL". When I answered, there was a recorded message to "Press 1 for a live operator" with no other information.
I got a call from this number. It said International on the caller id. I thought it was my friend Danilo and was very worried when they hung up. I picked up and they hung up. I called back and it was a machine saying please hold while i connect your call. Somebody answered but they spoke a diffrent language..Sounded like a construction site or something.
some man told my son "hey what's up, baby"....scary. My hubby called the number and got the techno movie
I just filled a prescription yesterday at a Wal-Mart Pharmacy for the first time. Then had three calls on my cell phone just after midnight last night from 2145860999. Several bloggers mentioned pharmacy related calls - the hacker is getting our personal information from the Wal-Mart data base. Wal-Mart is compromised. Probably hacking other data bases too. Credit card scams are huge business involving merchant services. Every time you swipe your credit card the machines they use store your information, and then the data is pulled off the machine and sold off. Glad I didn't use my bank card to pay.
Phone rang and I was unable to answer caller id displayed international and when I called number back and received message please wait while your call is connected aprx 10 mins later no call connected, several weeks later a 24 dollar charge from Nigeria appeared on my phone bill. I call this scamming and my phone company will not remove as it shows I made the call to Nigeria (not) I know no one in Nigeria. This is a scam nation.
this number belongs to IBFA aquisitions company llc they are out of texas. they are a telecommunications company looks like the number gets crossed up with certain phone calls dont know why. dont call back may be fraud to charge you fees
Received a call from India. They were asking for my Husband (phone is in my name), and then attempted to start their script on mortgage rates. I told them I was on the Do Not Call List. He asked for my registration number and insisted that I was lying. He persisted on my "registration number". I had to hang up on him.
This is a router # used when somebody tries to call from the PC phone service Skype. You cannot return a call at this number, because it is only a server.. Instead, it will play non-stop techno music.
I got a call from this number 2months ago. It was from a girl in Moscow Russia. At the time she called she was wanting me to send money for visa and airline tickets and I had been talking with her for 2 months or so. I just found out that it is a Russian dating scam to get money from you. No shit? I called the number back the morning she called and got the music and left it at that. I sort of thought it was like an international transfer office of some kind since she said she did not have a phone and would have to go to telegraph office to call me. I just called it back again and someone named Pierre answered. He did not say hello just who is it. I think this Russian dating scam and this number has something to do with each other. I also think this is something big from Russia all the way here. I don't know why cops cannot doing anything about this
Keep getting calls from this number but never home when they call, just says International on the caller ID.
We've been harrassed by a repeated calls from "US Online Pharmacy" claiming to want to renew our prescriptions. It is usually "unknown Caller" with no number. But sometimes they use a local Houston Number 713... but today used 214 586 0999
Got message on my answering machine...The Independents at my2008.com are conducting a survey. Press 1 to talk to someone or if you don't want to talk just hang up. I looked up my2008.com cause didnt recognize phone number and website was in a foreign language. I *67 the number back as it "appeared" to be local and got strange music for quite a while & no one answered.
Called back and waited through the music and a mexican answered then hung up ,tried again and a man in New York answered after the music,and was confused as much as me.
Okay people here's how this works: The number displayed on Caller ID is IRRELEVANT!!! Means nothing. Anyone can have any number show up on Caller ID. I answered the call because I have Anonymous call block, so when a call comes through with 'UNKNOWN' in the display but there is a number shown, 99% of the time it is a bogus deal so I just screw with them.
This time it was definitley a call from the middle east. The lady asked for me by my maiden name. I figure this was from another one of those online pharmacies trying to sell me drugs since I have had those calls for about 4 years now and I can't get rid of these dot-heads. I just ignore them or hang up on them once I hear the middle eastern accent they hear 'click'
These bastards called at 2 in the morning, then hung up without saying anything!
This showed up as a missed call on my phone.. when I called the number back the VM recording said hold while I transfer.. all I got was some music and never a connection to a real person. I suppose I will try and block this number from calling me again
Received 4 non-stop calls starting from 4:00am.
Did not answer - left message - nothing I could understand - just buzzing noise.