Friday, September 28, 2007

+1 419-474-9385

Have you been getting calls from +1 419-474-9385? Over the past three weeks or some I have been getting between five and ten calls a day from this number. When I answer the phone the caller immediately hangs up. When I let my machine answer the phone the caller does not leave a message. When I try to ring this number the telephone rings and rings and rings until I get bored. No one ever answers. And this has been going on for weeks. Fortunately whoever is calling only calls during the day, when I am usually not at home, so it has not been nearly as annoying as it could have been.

A Google search reveals that many people are experiencing the same thing, and no one knows what is going on. I am on the US Do Not Call List, so if this is a telemarketer or some other commercial outfit they are breaking the law. If it is a charity then they are not technically breaking the law, but the fact that they are ignoring the do not call list means that I will never donate anything to them. Perhaps it is just a person with a wrong number and absolutely no telephone manners. People like that are, sadly, rather common in the USA. All I could do was report this to the FTC , file a complaint, and hope that the calls would eventually stop.

Then something happened. A few days ago I decided to answer the phone, and there was a human being (sort of) on the other end of the line. "Hello, is Mr or Mrs Squid home?" the person asked. Instead of answering I said that if this person ever called me again I would report then to the police, the FBI, and the FCC. Then I hung up. I have not been called back since. In retrospect I regret not finding out who was calling me before I delivered my toothless ultimatum, but at least the calls have stopped. If anyone knows who is making these calls from this number please let me know.


Anonymous said...

I was home when this call came in and the man on the line indicated he was with the Maryland Sheriff's Association. He want to promote two messages 1. don't drink & drive
2. keep children safe. You know what comes an individual I can pledge $35 as a couple $50 and as a family $75. This is a land line out of Toledo Ohio. I asked him to send me info & the return address is not the Maryland Sheriff's Association. Last time I this happened I asked the caller for his badge number & he immediately hung up on me, so this time I played along and have all the information & mailing together for our County Sheriff.

Anonymous said...

I just received a call from the same number. It came up as Private caller. No one answered. Smells like a scam.
Eden, Maryland

Anonymous said...

Received yet another call from same number today -- called ID shows 'private name'. Have received many many calls from this number (for many months) and have tried to call back many times. No one on the phone - and no one answers when you call back. Thank you for posting the FCC website! I have filed complaint with FCC.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Aberdeen, Maryland