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My phone rings. The number ID shows 216-574-6354.
I answer, but nothing from them. No message. Nothing. Just a disconnect.
When I auto-dial them back, I get this message:
"The number you have reached has been disconnected or is no longer in service."
Annoyed
 Mar 19th, 2013
OFFENDER: DENIS KALTCHEV (FORMER OLYMPIC BUL SWIMMER) CASE # 12A003894 OFFENSE: FRAUD – THEFT Denislav Kaltchev is currently listed in the USA Swimming registration database with a note saying that the National Headquarters clearance is needed for him to re-register with USA Swimming. In other words, he will not be allowed to re-register anywhere in the USA, without going through the Colorado Springs office of USA Swimming. It appears that USA Swimming is aware of these (or other) allegations, and has flagged his membership, if and when he tries to rejoin USA Swimming.
DIANA KALTCHEVA
 Mar 15th, 2013
Called and I am on the Do Not Call List, but they called anyway. Will report if I speak to someone.
Dianna
 Mar 14th, 2013
This number refuses to stop calling my business line. Filing a complaint with Do Not Call
Patti
 Mar 13th, 2013
Tried to set to go to vm but can't find that option. This is a faked number anyway bc calling it results in a disconnected number recording.
Rfl
 Mar 13th, 2013
i called the number back and got the recording that this number was no longer in service...
walt
 Mar 13th, 2013
Do what I do. Set up a contact on your phone named telemarketers. Set that contact to go directly to voicemail. Add all future telemarketer phone numbers to that contact as additional phone line. Then you'll never know when they call a second time. Your phone doesn't ring it just goes to voicemail.
Pete
 Mar 13th, 2013
34 seconds of dead air b4 they hung up.
Dennis
 Mar 13th, 2013
It was dead air.
Joe M
 Mar 13th, 2013
These people have called me at least 30 times in the last 3 months. I have told several people that my number is on the Do NOt Call list and not to call me back - they hang up immediately when I say this.

Kevin
650-814-6311
Kevin Moore
 Mar 13th, 2013
This number is repeatedly calling me and hanging up. Once someone on the other end said, "Hi, this is card services." Yet another scam. I'm so tired of this type of call. My number is and has been on the nat'l do not call list forever.
R. Gagnon
 Mar 12th, 2013
Received this phone call this afternoon but didn't have my phone to answer it. That's too bad.

If you really want to fight back against these scammers, keep them on the line as long as possible without buying their product. If they ask, give them a fake name and/or address: Joe Schmoe, 1313 Mockingbird Lane, Yourtown. Make their phone call to you as costly and unprofitable as possible! Listen to their spiel for 5 minutes while you watch TV, check your email or surf the web and then suddenly find a reason to say "No Thanks" and then simply hang up. If they want to scam you, you might as well scam them right back.
Bob
 Mar 12th, 2013
My 9 year old daughter recvd numerous calls from a man that asked her to send him pictures of her in a bathing suit! I'm very frightened!
Regina Pasquale
 Mar 12th, 2013
Receiving calls on my non listed cell phone. No message is ever left. If you call the number back a recording say's the number has been disconnected. How do I report these people and stop them from calling?
Tracey
 Mar 12th, 2013
CON ARTISTS LINKED IN ACCOUNTS DIANA KALCHEVA & DENISLAV KALTCHEV

http://bg.linkedin.com/pub/diana-kalcheva/0/63b/425?trk=pub-pbmap

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/denislav-kalchev/61/38a/166
DIANA KALCHEVA
 Mar 12th, 2013
No one was on the line when I answered the phone.
lisak
 Mar 11th, 2013
Card Holder Services SCAM again & again
DP
 Mar 11th, 2013
Didn't answer...now I am glad I didn't
pgs
 Mar 08th, 2013
Received a call on my cell phone with no message. I did not call back and will not after looking at these comments.
Teresa
 Mar 08th, 2013
Missed call. When I tried to call back a minute later the number was disconnected? No message left.
Amarillo
 Mar 08th, 2013
Received 2 call today 3-8-2013 leaving no messages no id at 10:34am & 1037:am
Patti Lucas
 Mar 08th, 2013
03-8-13 at 10:46 am. Received call on my cell. No message left. Number disconnected on call back.
Scott
 Mar 08th, 2013
WHY AM I GETTING A CALL FROM THIS PERSON?
C TOBOSA
 Mar 08th, 2013
They hung on to the call for 34 seconds while I kept saying "hello.

THIS CALL IS NOT FROM OHIO. IT IS FROM TUNISIA, AFRICA.

Country code 216 is the telephone country code for Tunisia, a country in Northern Africa that sticks out into the Mediteranean Sea.

Generally only North America countries use NANP which means North American Numbering Plan and it uses 10 digits. Other countries typically use 11 digits. So now here in America we are being overrun by the masses of the world who have nothing to do but call us using their new computer or iphone.

Some people who have those coveted 'office jobs' in developing countries are wasting the s*** out of American productivity because we are answering all these phoney and scam calls!!!!!

Sometimes when you get a "foreign" call, it might have a real U.S. business's name or person's name. This happens because the number is "sent' with the call but that number is matched with a US data base. This happen to a relative recently and they started getting about 50 irate callers a day calling them some very bad names. Their number was the first 10 digits of the 'foreign' caller's 11 digit number.

I have a great solution to virtually stop these calls and spam.
figured
 Mar 08th, 2013
First call on my cell from this number. Caller ID said CLEVELAND OH. I didn't answer. Can't block numbers for free with AT&T Mobility but can assign them a Silent Ring Tone if they call back. They are now in my contact list as SCAM-CARD SERVICES.
Robotz
 Mar 07th, 2013
I never answer a number i don't recognize......which is turning out to be a good policy.
cheryl
 Mar 07th, 2013
I just received a call from this number a figured it was a scam when they said they were calling about my Visa and MasterCard. I have a Visa, but I have never owned a MasterCard. Also, when the person asked how much credit card debt I have, I responded with "$0" because I don't have any credit card debt. He responded with, "Well then basically you're wasting my time" and hung up before I could respond. I kinda hope they call back and I'll just answer every time because it seems to piss them off. Maybe I'll pretend I can't speak English, or just mess with them for as long as they will let me lol.
Jessica
 Mar 07th, 2013
no messagber
E
 Mar 07th, 2013
I had a missed call from this number and returned the call immediately. Said it had been disconnected and no longer in service. I also filed a complaint with Do Not Call Registry.
Barb
 Mar 07th, 2013
03-07-13 at 10:45 am. Received call on my cell. No message left. Number disconnected on call back.
Bobby
 Mar 07th, 2013
3-7-2013, Received a call from this number, called it back immediately, got a beep the "this number has been disconnected".
Withheld
 Mar 07th, 2013
# called..did not answer...i called back and says this # is no longer in service...what? 1 minute after they call its no longer in service???
deedee
 Mar 07th, 2013
I believe this is a scam or telemarketer of some sort and I am on the Do Not Call List!
jerry
 Mar 07th, 2013
Called my cell phone and when I asked if they knew the number was on the do not call list they stated they had no idea what that was. Filed a report They are a credit card servicer-but wont tell you anything about which of your cards they are calling on which makes them telemarketers. I filed a complaint here: https://complaints.donotcall.gov/complaint/complaintcheck.aspx
Nic W.
 Mar 07th, 2013
the number was suddenly "disconnected" after i complained
private person
 Mar 07th, 2013
Rec'd call at 3pm CST from this no. which I didn't answer. I have a policy of not answering calls from "Wireless Caller" or "Caller Unknown". They do not leave a msg when ans machine picks up. They have called here before but not for several weeks. AC indicates Cleveland area of northern Ohio, USA. My advice: never answer a call from an unrecognized name or number. Instead look it up on "Who called us" or Reverse Lookup if you think there is any chance it might be from someone you know. Easiest way to do that is just Google the number.
FR3D
 Mar 06th, 2013
No message.
Kathryn
 Mar 06th, 2013
Many of these calls are coming from Costa Rica and India and they are using spoofed (false) numbers, which in itself is illegal. They do cold calling for or sell the leads to numerous companies in this country and they all know that what they are doing is illegal. Tomorrow this same number may be selling Cruises, Timeshares or Security Systems but if you follow the money it usually ends up in the hands of an American LLC.
Most of the inbound robo call numbers are spoofed, as most of the bolierhouses, both off and on shore, are using Voip SIP Trunks services. Throwaway DID numbers are also used. Some of the robocalling is operated by the end use scammers directly. Others are contract services who earn a referral fee once you are transferred to the scammers.

The criminals behind this operation aren't going to pay attention to you asking to be removed from their list. Their calls cost them almost nothing and they make millions of them so they have no intention of ever removing someone. When you press a key to talk to them all that is accomplished is to verify that they have a working number.
Unfortunately blowing an air horn or whistle doesn't work either. Their headset have noise dampeners plus they are expecting it. However with that said if it makes you feel better then by all means give it a shot.

The banking system is also at fault here, without merchant accounts and ACH processing these criminals could not collect the scammed funds. Though the criminals use obfuscation, layered corporations, multiple bank accounts and offshore stashing, patterns of obvious fraudulent activity become apparent after a very short time.

This is an all out attack from these scum suckers! EVERYONE should be reporting them everywhere that they can. Since this is an obvious attempt at identity theft the FBI should be forced to get involved. (Prosecute them in criminal court instead of civil penalties).

If you want to stop these calls then you need to dry up their revenue source. Your phone company is charging you a fee for Caller ID. Your phone company pays the scammer for sending their Caller ID information. Your phone company pays only a fraction of a cent per call and you pay your phone company to have the Caller ID displayed. The scammers send out millions of calls which amounts to a significant amount of money however your phone company is charging a large amount to millions of customers. This may have something to do with the phone companies inability to stop these calls.
In order to stop this we need legislation making it illegal to charge for caller ID. If a phone service wishes to operate it would need to provide the Caller ID at no charge as part of the service. Here is the $50,000 solution that the FCC is looking for and it doesn't cost anything.

There is an excellent blog site that I found that explains how one company is getting away with this activity.
http://telemarketerspam.wordpress.com
Why Not
 Feb 27th, 2013
The FCC has temporarily halted 7 minor unprofitable boiler rooms who will receive a slap on the wrist and be back at it within a few days. In the meantime the calls will continue since they are making money with what is called a CNAM revenue-sharing program through companies like http://www.telephonemanagement.net and http://www.CallerID4U.com

In their own words: 'Every day your company makes thousands of outbound phone calls. Every one of those calls generates revenue for many companies, why not yours? Our CNAM revenue-sharing program helps you make money every time a Caller ID request is made by a phone carrier. A high-traffic call center can lose hundreds to thousands of dollars a day to phone carriers by allowing them to charge for access to your own data.'

You can now see why the criminals keep calling even though they know you won't fall for their scam. They are making money even if you don't answer the phone. If someone does make the mistake of answering the phone and falling for their scam then it is just icing on the cake for them. These people are the lowest form of filth on this planet.

What To Do When You Get an Illegal Robocall; http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/robocalls
1. Hang Up. Do not press 1 or any other numbers to get off the list and NEVER call them back
2. Consider blocking the number or on a cell phone add it to a contact list and assign NO ring tone
3. Report it at http://www.fcc.gov/complaints
4. Report it at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
5. People should continually file complaints with their Attorney Generals office
6. Report any criminal activity to the FBI here: https://tips.fbi.gov

This is an all out attack from these scum suckers! EVERYONE should be reporting them everywhere that they can. Since this is an obvious attempt at identity theft the FBI should be forced to get involved. (Prosecute them in criminal court instead of civil penalties).

Register your phone numbers online at http://www.donotcall.gov or call 888-382-1222 (must call from # you want removed).

There is a blog site that has information on one of these operations: http://telemarketerspam.wordpress.com
Please read the blog and report violations to the proper authorities.
http://telemarketerspam.wordpress.com/2013/02/07/callerid4u-inc-moves-to-silence-critics-of-illicit-robocalls
Why
 Feb 27th, 2013
Owner of the company, Johan Hendrik Smit Duyzentkunst, denied any knowledge of this operation and claimed that someone was using his platform to place the calls without his knowledge. At the height of this telephone debacle it's been said that Rachel was making 27 calls a second, which is a whopping 2.4 million calls in a single day!
Read more at http://www.whycall.me/info/creditholderservices.php


This is an all out attack from these scum sucking filthy pigs! EVERYONE should be reporting them everywhere that they can. Since this is an obvious attempt at identity theft and is interstate, the FBI should be forced to get involved. Charge them with a CRIMINAL offense and throw them in jail instead of the FCC saying 'Naughty - naughty, now go out and play nice'.

Advance Fee Fraud

http://www.occ.gov/topics/consumer-protection/fraud-resources/advance-fee-fraud.html

Advance fee fraud, also called upfront fee fraud, is any scam that, in exchange for a fee,

Promises to send you money, products, or services;
Offers you the opportunity to participate in a special deal;
Asks for your assistance in removing funds from a country in political turmoil; or
Asks for your assistance to help law enforcement catch thieves.

Whatever the scammers call the upfront fees (membership fee, participation fee, administrative or handling fee, taxes) all have one thing in common: the victims never see their money, or the scammers, again. Advance fee schemes come in many forms. We have provided some examples here. For more information, you can also visit the Federal Trade Commission Web site and perform a key word search.

Debt Elimination Fraud

Unlike legitimate companies who work with debtors to help them responsibly repay their debts, debt elimination scammers promise to make you debt free in exchange for a modest upfront or membership fee that they simply pocket. Victims pulled in by these schemes will certainly lose that fee, but they may also lose property, incur additional debt, damage their credit rating, risk identity theft, or face legal action. To learn more, read Answers about Debt Elimination and Fraudulent Schemes or visit the Bureau of Consumer Protection on the Federal Trade Commission Web site.

Nigerian Fraud

This fraud combines identify theft and advance fee fraud. Scammers posing as government officials contact victims asking for help in transferring millions of dollars out of Nigeria in exchange for a percentage of the funds. They convince victims to provide their bank name and account numbers and other identifying information and to send checks to pay for bribes or legal fees. Perpetrators may also use the personal information received to drain victims' accounts and credit cards. The Nigerian government is not sympathetic to victims who, by participating in this scheme, violate both Nigerian and U.S. law. Read more about this and other common fraud schemes on the Federal Bureau of Investigation Web site.

From the FBI website:
http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/financial-crimes-report-2010-2011/financial-crimes-report-2010-2011#Mass

Mass Marketing Fraud
General Overview
Mass marketing fraud is a general term for frauds which exploit mass-communication media, such as telemarketing, mass mailings, and the Internet. Since the 1930s, mass marketing has been a widely accepted and exercised practice. Advances in telecommunications and financial services technologies have further served to spur growth in mass marketing, both for legitimate business purposes as well as for the perpetration of consumer frauds. They share a common theme: the use of false and/or deceptive representations to induce potential victims to make advance fee-type payments to fraud perpetrators. Although there are no comprehensive statistics on the subject, it is estimated mass marketing frauds victimize millions of Americans each year and generate losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars. The following is a brief description of some of the key concepts and schemes associated with the mass marketing/advance fee fraud crime problem.

Advance Fee Fraud: This category of fraud encompasses a broad variety of schemes which are designed to induce their victims into remitting upfront payments in exchange for the promise of goods, services, and/or prizes.

The predominantly transnational nature of the mass marketing fraud crime problem presents significant impediments to effective investigation by any single agency or national jurisdiction. Typically, victims will reside in one or more countries, perpetrators will operate from another, and the financial/money services infrastructure of numerous additional countries are utilized for the rapid movement and laundering of funds. For these reasons, the FBI is uniquely positioned to assist in the investigation of these frauds through its network of legal attaché (legat) offices located in over 60 U.S. Embassies around the world. By leveraging its global presence and network of liaison contacts, the FBI has successfully cooperated with other domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies to combat, disrupt, and dismantle international mass marketing fraud groups. The FBI participates in the International Mass Marketing Fraud Working Group (IMMFWG), a multi-agency working group established to facilitate the multi-national exchange of information and intelligence, the coordination of cross-border operational matters, and the enhancement of public awareness of international mass marketing fraud schemes. The current membership of the IMMFWG consists of law enforcement, regulatory, and consumer protection agencies from seven countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Despite the best interagency enforcement efforts to combat mass marketing fraud, the FBI remains cognizant of the fact that the only enduring remedy for this crime problem lies in consumer education and fraud prevention programs. Toward this end, the FBI has not only produced its own mass marketing fraud prevention materials, but coordinates on other public information efforts with the DOJ, FTC, and the USPIS, among others. The FBI also supports a consumer fraud prevention website in conjunction with the USPIS which can be located on the web at: Additionally, further information on mass marketing fraud schemes can be found at www.fbi.gov, www.ftc.gov, www.ic3.gov, and www.stopfraud.gov.

Any criminal activity can be reported to the FBI here: https://tips.fbi.gov
Report it at http://www.fcc.gov/complaints
Report it at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov
People should continually file complaints with their Attorney Generals office.
Who Called
 Feb 27th, 2013
They just called me. Message went something like:

"Please don't hang up. We can lower your interest rate with a Discover card."

The guy didn't sound like a professional hired by Discover Card, just some middle-aged guy. Sounds like a scam.
Dustin
 Feb 26th, 2013
Ignoring them doesn't make them stop. They've called me a half dozen times.
Elaine
 Feb 26th, 2013
Cleveland Metro
Koda
 Feb 26th, 2013
No message. When I answered the cell phone no one on the line. Now I will report it to DO NOT CALL REGISTRY.
outrageousg
 Feb 22nd, 2013
Don't know who/what it is. Has too many digits, exactly like "Texas" below. Probably some low-life, crap sales rep. Guess the Do Not Call Registry does not work.
Dee
 Jan 24th, 2013
I have gotten 3 calls from this number in the past 2 days.
Mary
 Dec 13th, 2012
Got two calls on my cell today. The number ID shows 216-574-63546 - one too many digits! When it is dialed back, get message "The number you have reached has been disconnected or is no longer in service." They never leave a voicemail.
Texas
 Oct 30th, 2012

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