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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-05-06 02:38 PM
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Who Called Us? Look up those annoying phone calls....
Edited on Wed Jul-05-06 02:49 PM by The Straight Story
Was googling for info about a phone number - they call me, say please hold, then nothing. Found this website which helps track down who these people are.

http://whocalled.us/lookup/201-373-8371

Anyone else getting calls for 'Bob', etc? When I do get a live person they ask for someone who is not at this number, I tell them that, and then they try to get me to use their Rx service. The number also shows up as 00000, 12563, etc.
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silverweb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-05-06 02:52 PM
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1. I dunno...
I went to that site and my computer locked up. I tried to use the Task Manager to close the window, but it just kept replicating itself and I had to hard boot my system to get things running again. I don't like sites that do that!

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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-05-06 02:59 PM
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2. Odd, didn't have issues like that at all on mine....(nt)
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-05-06 03:08 PM
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3. I checked it out w/no problems
Thanks for this link. We've got two numbers that call every once in a while. When they call they do it several times a day. They always call one after the other. I've always figured they were working in tandem, now I'll get to find out.
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silverweb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-05-06 03:17 PM
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4. Weird.
Maybe something else was going on. Since I don't have a problem with unwanted callers, I won't worry about it. I might try the site again later just to see if the same thing happens again.
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Mabus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-05-06 03:21 PM
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5. Thank you!
Edited on Wed Jul-05-06 03:23 PM by Mabus
I just got a call from a number ending in 9978. I went to the website you linked to and found out this number was most likely from a pre-paid phone card. I answered it and sure enough it was one of my husband's clients. His cell phone is broken and he doesn't have a land line so he's using a phone card.

For the fun of it I searched the number and "phone card" and found this:

One of the most frequently asked questions at this site comes from individuals who receive calls from phone numbers like these: (720) 587-9978 and (404) 461-9978.

Numbers reported include:

(720) 587-9978
(404) 461-9978
(402) 517-9978
(865) 297-9978
(412) 200-9978
(412) 230-9978
(312) 730-9978
(732) 962-9387

(You'll notice that they all end in -9978)

These numbers show up on caller ID boxes, often to the bewilderment of the person receiving the call. Not only is the number unrecognized, but so is the area code.

***

These phone numbers belong to AT&T, and are assigned to pre-paid calling cards sold at retail outlets throughout America. If you received a call from one of these numbers, all it means is that someone called you using a pre-paid calling card. The call could have originated at virtually any type of telephone (payphone, residence, business, even a cell phone).

more at http://www.payphone-project.com/about/prepaid-calling-c...


Thanks to you I now know that -9978 numbers might actually be someone I want to talk to.

edited to add last paragraph in the quote to identify phone card company.
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