Shortly after putting in a Craigs List ad with my phone # included, I received a call saying someone wanted to relay a message to me. I waited 12 minutes then I hung up. The operator was nice with nothing vulgar he was just polite.
Called at 12:30am. Said they were a third party between a text call or hard or hearing call. I asked who was calling and they said they didn't know and I could ask the party during a pause of their reading. The content was inappropriate, and I hung up.
This is one of the phone numbers to a server used by Verizon IP Relay. Relay is a federally mandated system intended to facilitate communication between people who are deaf or hard of hearing and people who are hearing. The system is exploited by teenagers and other immature people to anonymously prank call their friends, enemies, etc. It is also exploited by scammers mostly in W. Africa to contact small business and people who are selling things thru want ads, etc. The scammers try to pass fake checks, money orders, or Western Union payments and get "overpayments". If you are a small business owner or selling something thru want ads, be VERY skeptical! Relay operators work under strict confidentiality. They HONESTLY have no information about the content of the call or who is calling. Please do not get hostile towards the relay operator. You may want to ask for the IP Relay Customer Service number and see what they can do to help you block IP Relay calls. If you do not want a relay call, simply hang up and continue hanging up when you receive them!
call me robin Feb 05th, 2008
in reply to "DM" ...Those are 2 of the numbers I also have gotten multiple calls from. I am also furious as to how they recieved my number, and also that from reading the comments people have left on this page, I am amazed that there are freaks out there who are actually getting away with these ridiculous, and beyond pathetic phone calls.
Jessica Marie Feb 01st, 2008
I get calls from IP relay operator all the time fro a guy that is suppose to be out of the country. Is there anyway to tell where the call is coming from? If it "is" out of country or if I am being scammed?
i just recieved a call from this number also, who is it?
This is one of the phone numbers to a server used by Verizon IP Relay. Relay is a federally mandated, government regulated system intended to facilitate communication between deaf and hearing people on the phone. Years ago deaf people accessed the relay using a TTY but nowadays relay companies have created IP Relay websites and even AIM buddies for the public to use on the internet. The system is exploited by teenagers and other immature people to anonymously prank call their friends, enemies, etc. Basically anyone who has your phone number COULD call you using the relay system.
It is also exploited by scammers mostly in W. Africa to contact small businesses and people who are selling things thru want-ads, Craigslist, etc. The scammers try to pass fake checks, money orders, or Western Union payments and get "overpayments." Businesses are supposed to take relay calls because it would be discrimination to not do so, however, they do not have to comply with scammers' requests! They'll ask for your email address and then try to engage you in the scam. I would say DO NOT comply with scammers' emailed requests! As a heads up relay operators work under strict confidentiality. They HONESTLY have no information about the content of the call or who is calling. Please do not get hostile towards the relay oprerator. If you do not want the relay call, simply hang up and continue hanging up when you receive them!
I have never used an ad service and they called me. I didnt answere because I didnt recognize it and because of how late it was.
I put an add on a few differnt places including craigslist and a Guy sent me a check for $4700 yesterday. The caller was a women sounded like she was reading something someone wrote. Asking when I will wire the rest of the money to his shipper. The item is $4700 itself. There are alot of scams going on out there....so If a BRAIN ZULTNERS writes to you from where ever to buy your vehicle, dont belive it!!
This service is said to be for deaf or impared people, but it is designed for scammers. It just happens that since anyone has access to it, your friends can play jokes on you also, but since you dont know whos on the line I would not trust it one bit. Dont try to juggle whether its a friend or a scam, you could get burned!
Dont Be Dumb Nov 15th, 2007
I recently put an ad in the paper advertising my puppies for sale.A lady said she was IP relay operator 7465 with a message "Hello my name is Jeff Farmer I'm calling for your puppy for sale, please I want you to email me full details and find a price for verifying. email to firstname.lastname@example.org.I emailed him photos of pups etc. He responded quickly wanting to do buisiness.The first few sentences sounded very professional, then it sounded like a foreigner. Spelling and words were mixed up. He said he was deaf and wanted to get the puppy for his daughter. He was in North Carolina and would send a money order worth more than price of pup. He would send someone to pick it up, and i would give the remaining money to them for their service. Since I put the ad in , I also recieved one from kathy ako? email was hard to understand, but something like, email@example.com Also recieved one from Peter Lewis firstname.lastname@example.org These are scams! I emailed IP relay services, to ask them what these calls were about.They emailed me back and said it was a service for deaf and impared people. She says what they type, and when they're done she says go ahead, for me to respond. After my response is done I say go ahead and she types it to the person.She said calls are not taped or monitored. It is so easy for someone to get your info, or pretend to be someonelse.THis service makes it easy access to hackers. Hackers may be the ones running it all! So many hackers and identity theft. Purchased with fake id, credit cards, or money orders. Beware. Hang Up. And report to police.
Just Hang Up Nov 15th, 2007
Also called under the number of 216-416-0033
. Recorded message with no opt out.
i used to work for IP relay so it's not big deal. most of the time someone will prank call you with it. the gist is that you are talking through an operator, the operator reads what the person types and types back to them what you say (you end your sentences with GO AHEAD). this service is INTENDED for deaf people but since everyone has access to the website/AIM service, anyone can use it (i use it when i make calls to my phone company or credit card company). the only thing people need to be aware of is people who try to scam you using it. if they're trying to buy something you listed publically, don't do it. they'll get your money and your item, on top of it money from your bank as well and will leave you jeopordized.
Called me at 12 30am central time but I didn't answer
It was someone asking me questions and then I could hearing someone typing. Had place an on line ad for some furniture. They wanted to know if the cabinet wss still for sale?
I said yes and then I could hear typing. I asked who it was.
Then more typing sounds.
Then they said don't take the check to that bank. After that I said this is a prank so please don't call again and I hung up.
I do not fall for scam artitsts.
i got this call yesterday said they seen my ad in ca for the puppies for sale and was interested to email them at email@example.com with information sent it to them then she said she was from new york she said she was goingto send a check or money order after that send her the remainder balance to some shipping person and this was a relay call to i figured it was a relay call
firstname.lastname@example.org she called me yesterday using the ip relay call regarding my puppies for sale gave me her email address said she lived in new york and was going to send me an extra $50. to hold my all brindle puppy then said she would male the money order or check and for me to contact a shiping person to give them the balance of the check i figured it was a scam the relay number she called from though was 216-416-0033
called on my cell phone twice in one night - hung up each time it was answered by my nephew.
Okay, so tonight at around 11 I got this call from this operator saying that she had a message for me from someone typing. I was really confused so she explained it to me. The message that she gave me was asking if my friend and I would have an all girl threesome with them. I then asked who they were and they said Sara and that she went to my college. She new which college I went to, my name, and my friend's name. This is so odd and really really scary....
Hello, I live in California. We, my girlfriend & I posted an add in the local paper to sell our puppies. We recieved a weird phone call from a deaf man, who wanted a male. He said he would send us a money order by mail. My girlfriend gave him all info needed to mail money order. We never recieved any money order and he keeps making up excuses about why payment hasn't been recieved. We aren't dumb enough to mail him anything w/o some money. His number was 216-416-0033
, his name and e-mail address is Jeff Farmer (email@example.com).
Greg Jones Sep 19th, 2007
Received call with vulgar comments about our daughter. Might be spam, but might be someone hiding behind this caller ID.
Called several times and left threatening voicemails.
I had just received a call using this "relay message" thing 2 hours before this one-different number. When I read all the different comments about him on this web site, I didn't even answer this one, and I'm glad!!
Some one called saying this is something relay and to say go head after everything thing we said.when they first said hello they called us slut face and whore bag.
they then said that they could see us in garadge and that they wanted to know where our families were.
Ari n Dani Aug 21st, 2007
Didn't answer the phone. Don't know who this is or what it's about.
After accepting a call from a person that claimed to be an IP operator I started receiving constant similar telephone calls. All this started when I placed an ad in Arizona. Do not accept telephone calls from IP operators if you do not know anybody that needs this service.
Did not answer. If I don't recognize the number, talk to my voicemail.
I got this call he other night a little before midnight.. they asked me if I was still selling a puppy.. i was, i have a puppy for sale.. i had to say 'go ahead' to an operator.. it was really strange.. then they asked if i could 'email them the information' but before i could find out more, they disconnected the call and the operator said to have a good night.. has anyone else recieved a call from this #??
I too got a call from 612-547-0006
. DM i got the same two calls. Weird stuff. Not to my cell phone but to what I thought was a private voicemail number.
I got this random message from a female who said she was an operator and wanted to find "Lori" and asked if I was her. No number was stated on the message itself. It was just a message and I did not communicate directly to this person. I am curious about this stuff. If you have answers please post. thanks
I recieved a message on my cell phone v-mail: "This is IP-RELAY Operator #5372..." and then proceded to relay a racist message that had been targeted (i guess...) to me. He then left a phone number that was identical to mine; except the last number was wrong. In the background, it sounded like a lot of people were talking--very much like a telemarketer's area.
I'm not really worried about the message, it's just annoying when I have more important things to do.
Twice now I have received phone calls from this number. Once on my cell and once on my home line. Knew my name and other personal info. Said vulgar,rude and disrespectful comments
They woke me up last night and left me a really XXX message. Then the operated asked for my reply. It was so weird
I received a call from this number asking for my dad. The message was that his credit card, listed last 4 digits (which were accurate) and named his mother's maiden name (which was accurate) had been hacked. Very strange.
I was called on 05/04/07 twice. The second time they left me a message and it was a girl saying "message ROL89, Someone is cheating." I am very angry about this, because being that I'm pregnant and this sent me into tears, I was sick to my stomach, and shaking. I even called my boyfriend asking him if he knew what this was about. It wasn't funny, I could've had a miscarriage, which I have had in my past. I intend on contacting the police and I won't stop until I find out who this is. It's not a funny joke.
I recieved a call this morning from 216-416-0033. I thought it was kinda odd because they called at
6:45 am. There was no message left but I WAS curious. Glad I found this site though, hope they dont call back.
I received a call from the same message relay service. I did some diggin'and MCImetro,ats provides many services. For those of you who received prank calls it was from someone who had gone to their relay web page for the deaf and would type the message to the operator who HAS to say anything they type. For those of you who got responses from ads, or work for a B2B company or marketing firm or something... MCI also provides companies with databases and calling lists to purchasers of this service (whatever the purchasers intentions). My phone call was a friend pranking me, but I don't know who. At first when I asked who it was they said it was Kyle but I don't know a Kyle that had the info. that this pranker had in order to hold the conversation between us. Then they said it was a close friend of mine (used first and last name) which narrowed the possibilities down a lot, but I still don't know who it was b/c after I hung up I called this close friend of mine immediately and said that he didn't call and when I told him about the conversation he was just as wierded out as I was. Does anyone know how to find out who my pranker is?
I forgot to report in my previous message that i did place an ad in the pet section of our local paper trying to sell my dog kennel. This seems to be consistant with other reports. ????
Received a call from 216-416-0033 at 11:15 on a Friday night. I did not answer, but thought it was strange. I am not dating and never have calls that late. So I did some serching and found this site. I think that a person must prank a call, maybe calling from their computer. From the comments here, I am glad I did not answer it, my boyfriend would have freaked.
recieved a call from this ip-relay service. call was very sexual in nature. they knew about some videos i had posted on youtube. said they wanted to post the video on a fake website called shakeyourpanties.com
eventually they wouldnt respond.
relay call from this number said they wanted to "fondel my nut sack and eat my poop" hung up immediatly
I got 2 calls from this number. The operator had to translate what the person was typing on their computer. They knew my name and school. They described my appearance, which is very scary. They definitely knew who I am and it was very creepy. I hung up.
yeah...they just called me saying something about an operator...they stayed on for about 2 minutes, i def. didn respond...but idk thats kind of weird that all of these people got called by this number.
wanting to buy my xbox, and they wanted to do it through bid pay, i have a feeling that the person who was needing translating doesnt speak english and it was a massive fraud
I got a call from this number with an operator translating the text. They lead me to believe it was a police officer and they had details on a case i was working on. Very strange. When i found out who it is i dont care who it is , they are being charged for impersonating a police officer.
Apparently it is either a freind with too much time on their hands or if your like me had something posted on CL or Ebay with contact info for sale of item. After researching these numbers I think its a new way to try and do the same old Fake Cashiers check, Extra funds for shipping, Wire me or my client excess monies by Western Union / Money Transfer scam.
Supposedly this is a joke from someone you know. a person goes to some website and tell it what to say then gives them the number and it call you. I guess it is a harmless joke from someone you know. So I wouldn't be so worried.
I got a message from 216-416-0033 giving an operator # 9666 asking if i had a quarter horse for sale, (which i do) did not leave a call back #.
i got a call that said "i heard you could hook us up" and when i asked "with what?" the response was "oh, you know." i assume it had to do with drugs, i quickly ended the call after the caller refused to give their name.
Another Craigslist buyer trying to scam me.
got a call from this number...d/n answer. this is the second time in the past 2 days i've gotten a call like this. first time was from a different number: 408-822-1645
(d/n answer this one either). a message was left from both calls...sexual in nature and quite vulgar, caller addressed me by my name. kinda scared/nervous right now. don't know how the person, whoever it is, has my cell phone #.
I had placed an ad in the Fresno paper for poodle puppies and recevied a call from a relay operator but it came thru on my cell as a restricted number. She proceeded to tell me this person wanted me to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. I did and he emailed back stating he used to work for the UN and recently lost his hearing while evacuating civilians in Iraq. He said that he wanted one of my puppies but that a consigment co. in London would have a rep pick up the puppy and fly him to New York where he was. This seemed very strange to me so I asked why he wasn’t looking in his region of the country for a dog, but he never responded to that question, so I emailed him back saying I didn’t want to sell my puppy this way. Then 5 days later I get another call from a relay operator but this time it showed the 216-416-0033 number. I told the operator, if this about the puppies for sale, they have all been sold, she then said the caller hung up. Very, very bizarre - not sure if the 2 calls are related. Check out the following site http://www.bozzysworld.com/2005/04/19/216-416-0033 for other people receiving the same calls.
It was some guy telling me that he was an operator and used a guy from my skool's name to say like sex stuff!! It was rlly weird!! so i jus hung up
I was called on my cell and they knew my name and were vulgar with their messages so i just hung up. Googled the number and it is a number out of Ohio so idk. Im glad im not the only one getting this call.
I got a call from this number, I cannot believe that all of you did too.
We thought it was my x-girlfriend, so we just gave it right back to them. Hah!
There was no message left for this call. looked the number up after using *69. It sounds odd.
This was a bogus call generated from a CarSoup ad placed in MN. The caller claimed they wanted to buy my car and offered an "overdraft" cashiers check as payment. Sorry scammer, but I'm not that ignorant!
I'm a little worried, this is the second call i've gotten like this, the two numbers i've gotten calls from are '612-547-0006
' and '216-416-0033'... I'd like to know how they got my cell phone number
This was a relay call from someone claiming to go to my school. The call was very inappropriate and sexual in nature. I received a total of three calls from this number.
This was a call generated from a classified ad posting for a television. The conversation required the use of an operator to translate my part of the conversation. The area code of the call was several thousand miles from where the add was posted. Something didn't seem right about the whole conversation.
It was a strange phone call, new son's name. Supposedly from someone typing from a computer with an operator translating verbally. Had to say, "go ahead". Content was inappropriate and sexual in nature.
This was a call generated from a Craig's list ad placed in IL. I was a strange call supposedly from someone typing from a computer with an operator translating verbally. I had to say "go ahead" after my side of the conversation. There were long delays and I finally found out that the caller was 1400 miles away from where I had the car advertized. It sounded strange so I hung up.
Who is this??216-416-0033