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I should have realized these fools have rotating numbers. See reports on 401-401-0125 for the current favorite and a more comprehensive set of responses. I've been relaying reports for months that the calls are of Romanian origin, as several VOIP customers have seen the full number as 011-401-401-0125. This explains a lot about the broken English and inability to call that number domestically. As others have mentioned, the rules governing telephone number assignments would never allow an exchange with a middle zero, and as a state resident I know bloody well that exchange does not exist.
Resident47
 Aug 21st, 2010
This story gets better all the time, and I may have to backpedal from disclaiming local origin. The calls are international, but their source may be stateside. Yesterday I found similar WCU reports under a similar number: 401-401-4010

That's an even less likely sequence for a phone number and certainly not domestic. Anyway, there is a December report in which the caller claims to represent "VMS Alarms" in Rhode Island, which seems to be listed in three towns. As I went digging in other sources, that same name turned up some more, but always associated with the established pattern of faux surveys, thick foreign accents, cursing, and rude behavior. One such call recipient was told he'd been [quote] 'selected as one of 9' people to get a 'free' GE Home Security System. [end quote]

Thus far the parallels are striking. We are closer to matching up these offshore "401-401" calls to the MLM scheme promoted by "GreatAlarms" and "VMC Satellite", which routinely offered "free" GE security installations. Come to find now, VMS is short for "Versatile Marketing Solutions". Not exactly a security-centric business name there. Makes you wonder if "VMC" is related, hm?

VMS Alarms answers to a much larger firm known as Monitronics, essentially in business as an alarm system monitor, hence more appropriately named. Monitronics appears to operate dealers like a franchise, hiring sales and tech locally. Monitronics and its hired guns have inspired a huge pile of complaints nationwide from both angered customers and shopworn employees, for practices which are unfriendly if not fraudulent.

The common complaints point to incompetent installers, equipment failing to notify the monitoring HQ as expected, deceitful and unhelpful customer service reps, and nearly unbreakable service contracts, often for "service" never rendered. That last part has stung many people who needed to exit their contracts for quite legitimate reasons. They filled in all the blanks, made all the calls, got their confirmations, then found continued billing and/or accounts sent to debt collectors, and absolutely no relief from Monitronics. The other problem categories are just as difficult to resolve since by its business structure Monitronics separates itself from the installers.

The connection to VMS Alarms is less clear. If it's the brains of the call campaign, I theorize it is not an installer but a Monitronics sales front, which in turn is a client of the foreign call center now pelting us stateside. I would believe the calls are placed locally and ID-spoofed, except we simply don't have that many Asian Indians in Rhode Island, and foreign call centers are famously cheap for spamming. However the chain is made, the result is an insidious 'call laundering' with these offshore sales calls disguised as surveys, shielding them from FTC regulation.

Now to come full circle, just a month ago Monitronics put itself up for sale, valued at a cool one billion. I'm not sure but I'd guess an IPO has been rumored for much longer. Why this perks my ears is that I've seen the pattern before with Verizon and other firms which depend on a subscriber model. Every time a merger or sale is in the table, I've seen these firms fall over themselves to drum up new customers, thus fattening the cow before auction.

These alarm shills already bait people with freebies which are more than compensated in the back end with blood-oath service contracts, not even worth their paper as the many complaints indicate. It's no wonder an already flawed business model would lead to a marketing blitz as confusing and hostile as this. I do hope facts get confirmed and names are named before more people are swindled.
Resident47
 Aug 21st, 2010
CID shows they called 8 times in 5 days. I finally answered to find out what was up. Was asked about smoke detectors, and when i told them I didn't have time, person with heavy accent was very rude and I had to hang up.
Irritated
 Aug 19th, 2010
Just got two calls from this person today. Answered the second time and hear a deep Asian sounding accent asking about smoke alarms. If hey call again I'm going to speak Spanish and pretend I can't understand s**t there saying. Hopefully that works!
Person
 Aug 13th, 2010
Me: (or is that "You" now?) For the last time, this scam DOES NOT operate from Rhode Island, the full international number is hidden from most CID readers, and there cannot be a 401 exchange here. Several other reports beside mine have pointed fairly close to the truth, much closer than the underwhelming efforts of Ulster County desk jockeys and my local state mounties. You just need to use that little browser scroll gadget and a little time to find the wise nuggets.
Resident
 Aug 10th, 2010
Well I know that area code 401 is RI...looked it up but the number 401-401-0125 is a mystery. Calling it just got the "we're sorry can't complete the call...look-up & try again" recording.

Hung-up as soon as the ans machine recording started & left no message.

According to the news article that appeared in the Kingston(NY) Daily Freeman posted by "Dirty Ed" back in July 2010 " The Ulster County Consumer Fraud Bureau is warning residents about a telephone scam where consumers are being contacted regarding sales of alarm systems and smoke detectors......The telephone number where the calls originate from is (401) 401-0125, which according to Rhode Island State Police, is a “spoofed” number that could be coming from anywhere.

The scam appears to be occurring around the country."

Nuf said. Too bad these lowlifes always seem to be 5 steps ahead of the FTC and the DNC list!
Me
 Aug 10th, 2010
Yep, yep .... I have been drawing dotted lines to "GreatAlarms" and "VMC Satellite" for months. I won't say the affiliate marketers and these overseas callers are directly related, but their desperate tactics are certainly in the same neighborhood.
Resident
 Aug 08th, 2010
Caller stated they were from GE. Heavy accent. Asked if we had smoke detector's, but we lied and said we don't own a home. She hung up on up. We got called twice in 5 minutes. I looked up GreatAlarms.com and it seems as if they are in this together. Check out the website and it will state GE, and the other names the previous complaints have stated. It is a website for soliciting!! If they call back we are going to have some fun with them.
jannice
 Aug 05th, 2010
received call from this number. had to keep saying hello. called late at nite statinbg they were a security company.
mar
 Aug 03rd, 2010
Called today, didn't respond to my 'hello'. Thank god these new phones have a call blocking feature!
wth
 Aug 02nd, 2010
I did not answer the call. I let it go to voice mail. I heard many voices in the background. The caller hung up after a few seconds.
M
 Jul 30th, 2010
maybe they are looking for an empty house to rob ?
wal
 Jul 30th, 2010
Someone speaking broken english, asking questions about smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, burglary alarms. I hung up on them. I have 3 lines, they called all 3. Dont bother to waste your time answering this call...
Mick
 Jul 29th, 2010
message left on caller ID consisted of foreign speech... perhaps from India?
lbc
 Jul 29th, 2010
No message left by caller. Just music playing in background and then hang up.
Jim
 Jul 29th, 2010
received call around 7:11 PM called ID was Rohde Island. The questions asked were related to smoke detectors, fire alarms, and alarms in general. After I responded I was told I was eligible for a prize, at that time I hung up. Person on the line had a heavy accent. My telephone number is on the National Do Not Call list and has been there since 2008. I gues the NATIONAL DO NOT CALL list is possibly a government want to be beleiveable list. anyway this was the first call from the 401-401-0125 caller ID number.
jake
 Jul 28th, 2010
Osama was calling to turn himself in. But no one will answer his calls.
Indie
 Jul 28th, 2010
At first they called and it said xxxxxxxx RI. So i didnt answer then again they called and it said "Out of area". I answer and he goes "Sweety is your mom or father home?" I say "No. Im alone" to mess with them because my fathers home from the army and he wont take someone messing with his family. Then he goes "Okay, so youre home alone??" And he did this creepy laugh then he goes "Im going to ask you questions" and i go "Go ahead" The he goes "whats your name??" and I hung up.
Someone
 Jul 28th, 2010
No such thing as an exchange with same # as area code, plus talking caller ID put an 11th digit on number which doesn't show up on history. I blocked this number months ago but they keep calling, as late as 9 at night. I will never answer. Apparently they'll never stop calling. I'd wish an earthquake on them but then innocent people would get trashed too....All I can do is hope what goes around comes around.
BoredToTears
 Jul 27th, 2010
This number called repeatedly, leaving messages threatening to kill us, all because we did not answer the phone. The Asain man kept yelling fuck you and calling us mother fuckers.
Gin
 Jul 27th, 2010
received a call from this #. caller id said it was ri. i didnt believe it cuz its #s repeated. checked online 2 discover the call was from romania. female foreigner on the line. first just music then a "hello" she started speaking some stuff bout home security so i didnt give her the chance of day. simply said i think u hav the wrong #. tried 2 call the # w my cell n it said the # was out of service... havnt called bak since. next time ill answer with "special agent kay with the bureau of international telemarketer prosecution organization"... wut now romania????
K
 Jul 26th, 2010
Be careful not to feed the trolls, "American". Immature brats thrive on the attention.

I'd like to know where the "spam janitor" request button went. The admin has steadily been clearing the crap, but I think they are getting outpaced by all the gibberish posts and lame 'discount SEO' business ads.
Resident
 Jul 26th, 2010
How can this site allow those intentionally offensive posts to remain here from the poster calling themself "Indian"? These unintelligent posts should be removed.
American
 Jul 26th, 2010
Calling repeatedly...And quite rude...I said you have called me four times & she screamed in the phone..Wait for the 5th & Hung up on me!
KT
 Jul 26th, 2010
Unrelenting 'smoke detector' survey scam. Foreign Indian accents. Calling repeatedly.
Name
 Jul 23rd, 2010
That was a rather unnecessary political statement, Robert II. Either keep your comments relevant to the board, or please leave.
Bob II
 Jul 22nd, 2010
Thought they might be a friend.. Heavy foreign (african) accent. Could not understand his statement. Asked what he said and then heard only funny noises from their area and one of us hung up... Me for sure. Recommend you say you are Hussein obama and give them the 1600 Pennsylvania Ave Address. Caller ID in Ohio was "Rhode Is Call"
Robert II
 Jul 22nd, 2010
i just got a call from them they started to play me music then hung up the phone didn't say anything to me. I tried calling them back and it says your call can not be completed as dialed
Wendy
 Jul 22nd, 2010
These people called my home at 9:20pm. That is so ignorant and rude! I tried to call back this morning and it says this number is not in service! This needs to end! The have called over and over again!
L
 Jul 21st, 2010
my 2 children and i are now receiving these calls twice today....filed a complaint with ftc and s/w att representative international and they advised they cannot block an international phone call, but we do not get charged for the incoming calls and not to answer them anymore.
js
 Jul 21st, 2010
This number dialed all of my phone numbers in sequence, and all are on the do not call list, so it's an autodialer with an automated message. They are selling something, probably Nigerian Snake Oil
Sherman Bay
 Jul 20th, 2010
No response to greeting, just coughing. I hung up.
Angela Matthews
 Jul 20th, 2010
401-401-0125

Listed on caller ID as "Rhode Island", both call back and reverse listing reveals that it is NOT a valid phone number (which likely means that they are using some form of anonymizer the mask their real number.)
Chris
 Jul 20th, 2010
Apparently we must repeat (and repeat) naming those entities exempt from the FTC Do Not Call registry:

"political organizations, charities, telephone surveyors, or companies with which a consumer has an existing business relationship"
see: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/alerts/alt129.shtm#coverage

Hence my charge this is a covert sales call. I could well be wrong, but here's my projection: First you answer the very scary questions designed to prime you with visions of your home under attack by fire and thieves. Then you're told you are entered into a contest, setting you up for future contact from ... hmm, let's make a wild guess here ... a sales rep for a security system? Oh, and that call passes too because you have a "prior relationship", albeit predicated on prize notification. Ay-yep, that's how I would leap through that loophole, anyway.
Resident
 Jul 17th, 2010
I'm on the do not call list, but in the last three days I have received around 8 calls like this one.
Jan
 Jul 16th, 2010
Receive call from this number EVERY DAY
Irritated
 Jul 16th, 2010
Never accept criticism from anyone who cannot find the Caps Lock key. Let's play "What Do We Know?" We know darn well this is not a domestic caller since there is no 401 exchange here in Rhode Island. It's been established several times that the full number points to Romania. The scammers are counting on most of us without VOIP service to miss those extra digits. I would also note from reading many other sources that the call center ops are reported as sounding Asian, Hispanic, and Indian. The way scam calls are spoofed and rerouted these days, the origin of any suspect caller can be very hard to determine.

What's more important here is the dubious purpose the callers claim for bothering us, and their general attitude. Across the board these callers are said to be rude and barely intelligible. (... Love the story about "fair larms" from Angela) They seize up and become more aggressive no matter how politely their authority is challenged. These are not indicators of a legitimate business or data collection group.

What's really disturbing is how they are flouting Federal Trade Commission rules by disguising a sales call as a "survey". The nature of its questions strongly suggests a fear-inducing tactic, softening up the recipient to think his home may be vulnerable. Then the pitch delivers a seemingly no-cost security solution -- I believe an alleged raffle in this case -- prompting the "mark" to voluntarily exit the "survey" and be sold something more directly. This is not much unlike those barely legal push polls which crop up every election season.

This assumes "Total Solutions" or whatever actually has a sales agenda, and is not simply running another variant of a funds transfer scam, as a few have suggested with reports of potential $35 per minute wireless charges just for keeping the call active.

I maintain that GE Security systems have been mixed up in shady campaigns before. Do some reading on "GreatAlarms" and "VMC Satellite" and their MLM scheme with freebie GE alarm gear set as bait.
Resident
 Jul 15th, 2010
YOU RETARDED FOOLS ARE SO F**KIN' FOOLS. U R AS FOOL AS YOU CAN BE...I WORK FOR ONE OF YOUR LARGEST BROKERS BASED OUT OF DELHI....I HAVE BEEN A BROKER WITH NATIONAL STOCK EXCHANGE BOMBAY,AND HAVE GOT MY MBA FROM YALE...A VERY EDUCATED CITIZEN OF YOUR COUNTRY FINANCED MY EDUCATION....MOVING THERE CORE BUSINESS TO INDIA HAS ACTUALLY GIVEN THEM A QUATERLY GROWTH OF 98%(I DONT KNOW HOW MANY OF YOU WOULD UNDERSTAND THIS).BUSINESS HERE HAPPENS EFFICIENTLY AS PEOPLE DONT CRIB ABOUT THERE JOBS...SO BE IT A SCAM...ITS RUNNING EFFICIENTLY....FILLING BOTH THE POCKETS,THE AMERICAN BOSSES,AND THOSE WHO CALL YOU AS SALES INCENTIVES....

SO

KEEEEEEEEEP CRIIIIIIBING
!!!!
INDIAN
 Jul 15th, 2010
EVEN EDUCATED AMERICANS AND BRITISH WOULD LAUGH TO DEATH AFTER READING YOUR COMMENTS....
U F**KIN' RETARDS!!!

HA HA HA
INDIAN
 Jul 15th, 2010
R U INSANE...I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS...BUT CALLING CODE FOR INDIA IS +91 U IGONORANT F**k....GO GET SOME EDUCATION.....IT MUST BE SOME AFRICAN NATION CALLING YOUR COUNTRY,WHO YOU DONATE TO GET CALLCENTRES OPEN THERE


HA HA HA...
INDIAN
 Jul 15th, 2010
Guy was calling me a mother fucker and an asshole and kept calling back non stop for days now asking about my smoke detector and
Eric
 Jul 15th, 2010
From the "Daily Freeman" Hudson, NY.

KINGSTON — The Ulster County Consumer Fraud Bureau is warning residents about a telephone scam where consumers are being contacted regarding sales of alarm systems and smoke detectors.

The callers are asking consumers about their current security and/or alarm systems, then asked for financial information.

The telephone number where the calls originate from is (401) 401-0125, which according to Rhode Island State Police, is a “spoofed” number that could be coming from anywhere.

The scam appears to be occurring around the country.

Residents who see that number on their caller identification screen are asked to ignore it.

The Consumer Fraud Bureau can be reached at 845-340-3260 for questions or further information.
DirtyEd
 Jul 15th, 2010
Sales lady spoke very bad English. Something about a GE Lighting or Alarm system with $100 discount. I am on both the Federal & State 'Do Not Call' lists. What good are they?
Dirty Ed
 Jul 15th, 2010
Connection bad. Sounded like someone from Nigeria selling smoke alarms. I just hung up.
Rose
 Jul 13th, 2010
This fellow phoned me twice and when the connection came through, his voice was exceptionally loud and demanding. He threw his name out very rapidly as well as the 'firm' he was 'working' for. When I queried him as to exactly for whom he was calling, he got a bit huffy and simply siad, "You just need to answer these four questions.", without properly identifying his employer. When I pressed for the name of said employer, he kept repeating that, "...I'm not selling you anything, you don't have to buy anything. All you need to do is answer these four questions...", still not actually identifying the business wanting information from me. I told him that I don't answer questions of people who phone me out of the blue and he finally replied that he was conducting a home safety survey and, "...all you have to do is answer these four questions..."! I informed him that I don't just provide information to anyone I'm not familiar with and he had to go off script to get me to respond to his prying, persoanl questions. I told him I was not at all intersted in answering any of his questions and that he was never to phone my number again. He began to back pedal and try to pry more info that I simply refused to provide, at which time I said, "good-bye!", and hung up on him. What is the purpose of the federal 'do not call list' if thesse unscrupulous firms still feel they 'have every right' to violate my privacy? What a crappy way to conduct a business!
David
 Jul 13th, 2010
yeah while i was on vacation with my family and friends this number came up when i was walking to the arcade does anyone have any idea who this twat is that called when this number came up
Steve
 Jul 12th, 2010
they've called several times. once I finally got a person who kept asking if I had any "fair larms". I don't him I couldn't understand him and he kept repeating "do you have any fair larms". I finally concluded that he was trying to ask me in VERY broken English if I had any fire alarms (smoke detectors) at which time he did a survey to which I made stuff up for the answers. BUT THEY KEEP CALLING BACK !
Angela
 Jul 10th, 2010
This is actually an over seas call - +40 is india. +0+40+14010125 My caller ID said that number and name was India. Do your research before you post erroneous information.
Don't call it back using the exchange code or you will be hit with per minute charges.
I answered and said this was a business number and he asked if I was in the market for a new fire detection device.
I told him again it
Andrew
 Jul 10th, 2010
After hanging up the first time I got a second call from "Grace". I promptly advised her that this was a private line and it was registered in the do not call government registry. That they are not to call the number again or a complaint will be filed. They are not exempt from complaints. The person apologies and hung up. I believe they removed me from the list. They said it was a survey but most surveys are scams anyways.
Robert
 Jul 09th, 2010
Indicated it wasn't a "sales call" then proceeded to ask if I had any fire alarms. I hung up the phone. Don't remember who they said it was. A ring to that number indicates that the caller id signal is fake. I've filed a complaint on the do not call list using information provided below. Total Solutions was also the company name I was given. I indicated that the phone number itself is fake and fraudulent and that it was likely a scam.
Robert
 Jul 09th, 2010
Received two calls in 10 minutes. Since they were from India I made some comments about a cow that I will not repeat.
All I can say is if everyone getting these calls contacted their Legislators and requested that any call center work outsourced to India be bill a 25% tax we could start shutting down the call centers in India and bring jobs back to the USA.

I am sick and tired of all the illegal calls from India.
Joe
 Jul 08th, 2010
Im in Hadley, mass,Today July, 8, 2010 @6:22pm 401-401-0125, call me. My machine pickup, no messages. Im going to BLOCK this mother F**ker.
3po
 Jul 08th, 2010
i keep getting that call to. only about two or three times but they never answer. it's really strange that this number calls alot of people and just hangs up
anonymous
 Jul 07th, 2010
These you-know-what so-and-sos called us at 8:50 PM - no damn excuse for a call so late in the evening. Picked up and all I heard was music - I'd like to give 'em some music, where the sun duddn't shine!
Michael
 Jul 07th, 2010
Have had calls from this number five times in the last 2 weeks. We are in OH
Carole
 Jul 07th, 2010
The phone number was actually +4014010125 - +40 is the country code for romania. Could be a foreign call.
Lisa
 Jul 06th, 2010
got a call from this number yesterday, came up "unknown caller" with the number. It sounded to be an Indian woman who (and as i read already on this list here) wanted to know if i had smoke alarms in my house, a fire extinguisher, and she asked something along the lines of as far as security goes around my area, and of people breaking into my house, do i have any concerns. then she told me that for answering her short survey i was entered into sometype of raffle. she never asked for any personal information other than my first name. non the less, i dont understand why people pull this crap.
Joseph
 Jul 06th, 2010
This person called a couple of minutes ago. It scared me. I picked it up and said Hello. He said hello with a chiense or german accent. Then he said Hi There! It freaked me out so I hung up.
Mo-Mo
 Jul 06th, 2010
called my cell ...which I use for emergency only. I called this number back from my house phone and got a recording that the number I was trying to reach was no longer in service....hmmm -it was working a few minutes ago
Mary
 Jul 03rd, 2010
Be very careful about a big scam going on right now in USA
http://affections.beautyhilite.com/2008/04/watch-out-for-following-area-code.html
Strongly recommend reading this article.
QuanVuong
 Jul 01st, 2010
I answered the phone and heard a foreign voice which I couldn't understand. I told the person I am on the DoNotCall list and put me on your list and do not call me again.
Jean
 Jun 30th, 2010
someone called me from this number a few months ago. the phone number doesnt work all the times but the multiple times i did call back to see who it was calling me i eventally got thur. It was a female that answered.
Top
 Jun 25th, 2010
WHEN YOU ANSWER THIS PHONE CALL, YOU HEAR RINGING, THEN A FOREIGN ACCENTED PERSON ANSWERS THE PHONE MAKING IT APPEAR THAT YOU CALLED THEM AND THE PHONE COMPANY MAY CHARGE YOU FOR THAT CALL.

WHEN I RESEARCHED THE NUMBER 401-401-1025, IT HAD AN ALLEDGED NAME OF:MULTIPLE OCN LISTING" THEN IT SAYS "UNAVAILBLE FOR ASSIGNMENT"

THIS IS A SCAM SO IF IT COMES UP ON YOUR CALLER ID OR ANYTHING ODD ON YOUR CALLER ID, DON'T ANSWER IT.

I AM ON THE DO NOT CALL LIST AND I WILL BE FILING A COMPLAINT WITH THE PHONE COMPANY.
CLEO
 Jun 25th, 2010
What happens when you answer in a non English language?
Hurrr
 Jun 24th, 2010
Just for fun, if you are working or living in an environment that you could do this in, answer the phone whenever a suspected telemarketer is on the line. If you hear a real human voice and they start their shpeel, hold a gas charged air-horn to the phone & blast them for a second or two! You can get them from amazon.com for as little as $7.00 for the 1.4oz can or under $30.00 for the 8oz which will last a very long time if used in short bursts. Refill 8oz cans are about $16.00. Free Shipping often available on orders over $25.00!

Even if it's a recording, wait and see if a human takes over the call or if there is an option for them to start recording you, then blast them!

Don't get mad, GET REVENGE!
Obamanation
 Jun 24th, 2010
Some eastern indian sounding lady said she was from ge and they were merging with VMS but... I said ,no you aren't, She said , yes I am. I said no you aren't . You are a spoofed number and this is bull...s.. If you are legit send me the information snail mail. Next time I will answer "homeland security, special agent K.... see what happens. Same number , different verse each and every month.
k
 Jun 24th, 2010
They called the other day from a different number that turned out to be an untraceable cell phone, and again today from the number listed here. This time it was a woman who said she was with "Omnitronics" and was a certified General Electric representative. She did have a heavy accent. I told her I'd already told someone else to remove us from the list yesterday and hung up on her. Yesterday, however, was an American male, who informed me that "Florence" had recently filled out a survey and had won a prize from General Electric. I told him, "I have no doubt that you're a scam artist, as Florence was my mother, and she died in 2006. Remove us from your calling list immediately". I'm glad to see the information the one person reported about the identity/financial info theft ring. Hope they catch these criminals.
Gayze
 Jun 24th, 2010
Shady call from this phone #. They have been calling for over a year and seem very deceptive. They ask about smoke detectors and mention something about General Electric. Hang up immediatly!
Scott
 Jun 24th, 2010
If I am on the " Do not call" list , How come I still get these annoying calls???
J
 Jun 23rd, 2010
Caller (Indian accent) identified himself as from VMS, my local GE dealer.
shall
 Jun 21st, 2010
Called at 2:41 p.m. 6-21-10. Left no msg. on answering machine. If the government wasn't going to do anything about such calls as this they should not have started the Do Not Call list nor had a form to fill out with a complaint! The next time I get one of these calls I'm going to scream in their ear as loud as I can, then hang up. We should not have to put up with this crap! And to the person apologizing for Rhode Island, thank you but I don't think anyone is blaming the state of RI.
Trudy
 Jun 21st, 2010
scammers
anne
 Jun 21st, 2010
Accent sounded Indian; caller identified himself as "Jace" from TSS. He was calling about a fire safety survey. I answered all of his questions by saying "sure," but was unable to remember my first or last name when he asked for those. That just seems to happen when these kinds of calls happen. I explained that I would be glad to stay on the line as long as it took me to remember my name. He became audibly upset that I did not know my name, but seemed unable to end the call. I explained that I would be more than happy to provide the information when I remembered it. I could hear him conversing in a non-English language and then the call ended. I tried calling him back, but the number was disconnected.
George
 Jun 21st, 2010
I don't have caller ID, but got the number 401-401-1025 via *69. Caller was a woman with an accent (Indian?). Said she was with DSS (or something that sounded like that); asked "Do you have smoke alarms in your home?" My response was simple: "Please remove this number from your call list." Her response: "No, no, never." I stayed on the call a few moments longer during which neither she or I spoke, but no question that the background sounds were that of a noisy call center.
Nancy
 Jun 21st, 2010
have rcvd many annoying, rude calls from this # wondering if we have smoke detectors in home.
Person will not give name or credentials of company
anny
 Jun 17th, 2010
this caller said I won a "free" General Electric home security system...I hung up...
kristin
 Jun 17th, 2010
They called at least 10 times over three days, driving me crazy. The last time I answered sweetly, then when they started their pitch, I started pushing buttons on the phone until they hung up. Not one more call in over a week. I don't know why it worked, but I also know that we will probably never find out who this is or why they are calling. They will probably never be brought to justice. The only satisfaction you could possibly get from this situation is if you take my advice and get them to stop calling your phones. Spread the word! Post this solution everywhere you can find a phone call complaint website, and maybe we CAN stop them.
SOLUTION
 Jun 16th, 2010
called here and I told them I have fire alarms, extinguisher, alarm system and big guard dog...they hung up
Lynn
 Jun 16th, 2010
I have received several calls from the same number identified as a RI call. Men and women call and have Eastern Block or Russian accents. First time they said they were going to try to restore my credit because we paid our credit cards late and we would see skyrocketing interest rates without their help. We don't pay bills late. They wanted that 3-digit number on the back of our card. Yeah, right! Then they called back several weeks later telling us we won a free security system. Yeah, right! What will they think of next?
sally
 Jun 16th, 2010
Have received several calls from 401-401-0125. Begins with the My name is John with TSS and I am doing a security survey. Male caller with middle-eastern accent. Originally, I was hanging up. This last time I asked that I be removed from the calling list. Wait and see...
PK
 Jun 09th, 2010
Are people really this bored to be calling and harrassing others around the United States? Too much idle time on people's hands. Came up as 401-401-0125 down at the bottom for description it came up as XXXXXXXXXXXX so they know what they are doing to block their privacy. Bunch of losers is what I call them. Get a life and a real job.
Johnny -CT
 Jun 09th, 2010
Said "Hello, this is not a sales call. Do you have smoke detectors in your home?" I hung up. It sounded as though it was a VOIP / Asian caller.
Joy
 Jun 08th, 2010
This number calls my house several times a day. I finally answered it and I got hung up on. When I called it back I was told that the number I called is not in available please hang up and try again. Whoever it is should be reported to the proper authorities.
Kim O
 Jun 07th, 2010
RUDE FOREIGN PERSON WHO WONT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER AND KEPT TRYING TO GET NAMES.TERRIBLE ENGLISH REALLY HARD TO UNDERSTAND
C
 Jun 04th, 2010
Got a call on my cell from this number just a few minutes ago... I answered, and I could hear someone talking, but there was too much static for me to understand them. I said "Hello?" a couple of times, and they hung up after about 15 seconds. My cell # is on the DNC list, but I am quickly learning that that doesn't mean much...
L.
 Jun 03rd, 2010
Received a call from 401-401-1025. Claimed to be a survey. The CID showed "Unavailabe". They asked about smoke detectors. The call left me with an uneasy feeling. We are on the "Do-Not-Call" list so made a complaint with tha FCC.
Ray Hunt
 Jun 03rd, 2010
Call from a woman with a lot of noise in the background, saying this was "not a sales call" but a survey from "CSS." First question was whether we had smoke alarms in our house. I told them I didn't feel like answering questions from strangers and hung up.
A
 Jun 03rd, 2010
I just got a call from 401-401-0125, caller was Michael from the 'Fire Safety Company', although getting that information was like pulling teeth, the deep accent, fast talk, and demanding style made it difficult. He kept asking me if I had smoke detectors in my house, and when I answered his question with a question, he keep getting angrier and at one point said 'We're not selling anything, we just are doing a survey and want to know if you have smoke detectors in your home'. When I said, 'What state are you calling from and why do you need to know?' he shouted 'F*CK YOU!' and hung up. I'm going to be calling my state attorney general directly tomorrow, because when I have spoken directly to his office in the past, this is the sort of detail that helps them with their solicitation cases.
zuzu
 Jun 02nd, 2010
Claimed to be a survey call, not a sales call, and asked if I had a smoke alarm.
David
 May 28th, 2010
Comes up as Unknown Caller - Non English Speaking Person
Linda Lenig
 May 27th, 2010
Called but LEft no message. Tried to call back and said: " can't be completed as dialed"

Caller I'd read : rhode island

5/26/10
Liz
 May 26th, 2010
I also get this number once in a while. I live in RI so the 401-401 looks very suspicious to me. There is no 401 exchange in the RI area code. Did not pick up and no message left.
Steve
 May 26th, 2010
They called and asked for King- well King is my doag and I told the man that he was sleeping and he disconnected. He sounds like he has a deep accent of some kind and english is not his primary language. Calls frequent every couple of days- will take the advice of the person using a screecher and see what he thinks when I hold the phone and test my smoke detector:)
robert
 May 25th, 2010
YEAH SURE THEM IDENTIFYING THEMSELVES AS RHODE ISLAND YET THE JERKY CALLER (AS SOMEONE ELSE IN MY HOUSE ANSWERED) STATES OF HEVING 2 NAMES!!!! NOW WHY THEM HAVING 2 NAMES DELING WITH 2 DIFFERENT COMPANIES. YEAH SURE THEY THREATED ME THEY SOULD SHUT OFF MY ELECTRICITY UNLESS I PAID THE BILL WITH 24 HRS. WHAT THE HELL CRAP IS THAT??? MY BILL WAS PAID IN FULL 3 WKS AGO, THEN COULD HEAR SOMEONE ELSE WHISPER IN THE BACKGROUND TO ALSO STATE WHOM CALLING WAS THT I NEVER EVER PAID FOR A HOSPITAL BILL WHICH WAS OVER $5,000.-YES FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARTS!!! NOW WHAT KIND OF CRAP CHIT IS THAT????? I'VE NEVER BEEN TO THE HOSPITAL FOR A LONG TIME. GEEZ HOW MUCH MORE MONEY ARE THESE CALLERS TRYING TO THEFT US FOR??
ANASTASIA
 May 25th, 2010
Got a call from this number on 05/11/10. Hard to understand male doing a smoke detector survey. He got upset because I couldn't understand him. I thought he was trying to explain. When he asked "Okay?", I made the mistake of responding "Okay." On 05/22/10, I received a call from 401-490-2714 identified as VMS. The number ties back to providence, RI. A female said I had taken this survey and, via a drawing, I was lucky enough to win a $1,200 GE Home Security System. I said the survey caller was impossible to understand, and that I already had an ADT Home Security System. She said "Give me a name of a family member or friend who might want to take advantage of your win". I said "No, Thanks." and hung up. At least this person was very polite, but GE Security Systems is playing with the Federal No Call rules.
Mert
 May 25th, 2010
A man with an accent calling himself James told me he had good news. Due to a survey that I never took 2 weeks ago, I had been entered to win a home security system from GE. And guess what? I won. What luck.
I told him I wanted no such thing. He said "Thank you" and just sat there. So I just sat there. Then I said "Can you take us off your calling list?" and he said "No" then he hung up. I'd be pissed if it wasn't somewhat amusing.
SweetPickle
 May 24th, 2010
I don't know who these goon balls are but I am really getting upset with them. These ppl have called everyday for the past 7 days. But last night was the cake, they called me at 9:15pm. So now I am keeping a ledger of when they call. I look forward to hearing from them again, because I intend to get their name, their supervisors name, company name, and tell them we are on the "national do not call lists" and if they call again I will sue them and their company for phone harassment.
Helen
 May 22nd, 2010
These jokers have called here several times before. They just called me again at 9:11 PM EST. I'm going to the DNC site to file a complaint right now.
Caribear
 May 22nd, 2010
i let it go to the machine, some lady said Hello a couple of times and then hung up.
JD
 May 20th, 2010
Caller ID came up Unkown Call RI. I answered. Man with heavy accent. I asked what company. He answered GSS?? I think. Hesaid not selling anything. Then he started to ask if we had two working smoke dectors. Told them I wasn't answering any questions because I didn't know who they were and hung up on them.
Chris
 May 20th, 2010

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