Digital Journal has (as of the same day I'm writing this), published a report about these annoying phone calls from obscure numbers. Over the last few days, I have been reading the postings here at WhoCalledUs. The story is the same: The Phone Company bundles numbers, which are then sold. These numbers are bundled into groups of 1,000 numbers. If a complaint is filed against one number, the people who own it can simply roll over to the next number in the bundle. For example, 856-201-0001 will change to 856-201-0002.

You and I pay a lot for our home, cell, and office phones. Many of us have joined DoNotCall, and wonder why it is not blocking these harassing calls. If it could be made unprofitable for the Phone Company to bundle numbers and sell them, that might put the brakes on this kind of annoyance. Unfortunately, they will find another way to get around any firewalls. They are making too much money.
Cheryl Walker
 Nov 15th, 2011
The comments posted here at whocalledus under various numbers come down to this: Your local phone company sells blocks of phone numbers that are packaged in lots of 1,000, and sold again to an end user. The Attorney General could track down complaints about a number starting with area code 85*, followed by what looks like a regular phone number. However, it takes the AG a good two weeks to track down the number, say 856-210-0001. -- By the end of those two weeks, the number owner has switched to 856-201-0002. For one such block of numbers, it was stated that the owner was in Hong Kong.

The problem with the phone company selling these these blocks of numbers needs to be addressed. Phone numbers should not be a marketable commodity on the open market. We pay plenty for our home, cell, and office numbers. The real criminal is the phone company!
 Nov 13th, 2011