Friday, November 5, 2010

Lemming Tracks: 000 "Sorry, Wrong Number"

The Lemming's household got a phone call from a 000-000-something number. I picked up - got a very quickly spoken "sorry wrong number" from a woman's voice, and the line went dead. The speed with which the voice came on, and then hung up - noiselessly - made me suspect that it's a variation on robocalls.

Checking online, I found the usual 'CIA conspiracy' stuff.

Also this interesting tidbit:

"[Phish] 000-000-1111
Broadband DSLReports.com (October 17, 2010)

"Hi:

I have been getting calls from 000-000-1111. A female voice says "Sorry Wrong Number" and the call is terminated.

After a lot of searching I found this:


"Whois Output for: infolietuva.net

"This domain name has expired and is suspended pending renewal.

"Domain Name Owner:
Roland's International Co.
104 W Chestnut St, Suite 270
Hinsdale, IL 60521
US


"Administrative Contact:
WebMaster, WebMaster
Roland's International Co.
104 W Chestnut St, Suite 270
Hinsdale, IL 60521, US
Phone: 1-000-000-1111 <<----- NOTE
Email: MAIL@ROLANDSINTERNATIONAL.COM....
"

As I said, interesting.

My own guess, for what it's worth, is that these 000 calls are being done automatically by someone with flexible ethics, and the hope of selling a list of working telephone numbers to some equally dubious outfit.

If this is so, we can expect quite a few spam telephone calls in the near future. 'Do not call' lists or no.

2 comments:

Brigid said...

Wouldn't it be great if phones came with the sort of spam filters email comes with? Then calls like this would get redirected to a 'junk call' folder or something where we never have to mess with them ever.

Brian, aka Aluwir, aka Norski said...

Brigid,

Oh, yeah. That would be great. We have (had) something like that, with the national 'do not call' list.

I think (hope) that something along those lines will come along - that's enforceable.

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