in Asterisk, Meddling

Phone phisher pileup

The “Tuscany Industries” group (rumored to be Great Atlantic Warranty) isn’t the only one who is dialing for dollars. For the past few nights, we’ve received calls with CallerID info of 206-415-9148. A look at the ever useful shows that calls claiming to be from this number are designed strictly to leave messages on answering machines. Visitors to note that if the call is answered by anything other than an answering machine, the caller hangs up.

The message tells the recipient (or rather the recipient’s answering machine) that they’ve won two free airline tickets and to call 800-514-1363 with a reference number.

Looks like telephone solicitors are increasingly choosing to hide behind fake CallerID information and flouting the “do not call” rules. With the FCC busy selling off the public airwaves (I’m talking to you, Kevin Martin), don’t expect any action on this any time soon.