Caller ID: 1800838411
Caller type: Collection Agency

analisa said: UNKNOWN


bill said: Got a call from this # about oil and legislatures ... it was left on my answering machine @ work.


Caller ID: 210-892-1127

mk said: called and did not leave message


jim d said: I called the number back and it's affiliated with the American Bible Society


Leo said: who is this?


Kyle said: They are a legit Focus Group company.

I signed up and every few months I participate in discussions about various products and get between $100 and $300 per time.


davepix said: this company sucks, calling 2 or 3 tiumes oper day then hanging up. next time i'm in NYC I'll stop by this address and let ya'll know what I find. We can give them our own en masse version of harassment.


just a guy trying to get some ... said: ok. here's Richard Bernardo's cell phone: 631 804 6155. I think I'll call him 10 times and hang up today. everyone else do the same and we can all take care of this matter quickly!


anonymous said: Call keeps coming with no message being left.  I don't answer the calls as it is not a number I know.


Caller ID: Unknown

Tournesol said: No message left.
It's from Long Beach, California (code 213), and I live in Quebec City, Canada. I don't know anybody from this place!


em said: got another call last night (after talking to the guy yesterday who was taking it off).  didn;t feel like fighting it last night so just didn't answer- but ready to raise he** this afternoon if i am not off that darn list!!!


Caller ID: Share Group Inc

MAB said: They knew my name. Told them "put me on your don't call list". They have called again twice since then.


Caller ID: 2135047090

Tia said: It rang once and just hung up on it's own, didn't even register on the caller ID. I had to *69 it. At first I thought it was my boyfriend's ex girlfriend from Nova Scotia and I was about to call that b***h up and yell at her, but I am trying to do a reverse phone search to see if it was her and turns out it's a scammer or someone like that...Oh well.


Caller ID: 213-570-8365
Caller type: Non-Commercial

213-570-8365 said: ID Thieves Increase Use of Mail, Phones
Monday February 11, 12:04 am ET
By Eileen Alt Powell, AP Business Writer  
Identity Thieves Turn to Old-Fashioned Channels -- Mail and Telephones

NEW YORK (AP) -- When it comes to identity theft, most people think they're especially vulnerable when they're working on their computers, or when fraudsters hack into big databases and steal card numbers.

In fact, consumers are far more likely to be victimized if their wallet, checkbook or credit card is lost or stolen, according to a new study released Monday by Javelin Strategy & Research.

The research group, which is based in San Francisco, also found that as financial institutions and retailers have improved their in-store and online security, ID thieves have turned to more-traditional channels of theft, especially the telephones and the mail.

While the incidence of ID fraud through in-store and online purchases declined in the latest survey, conducted last October, from a similar study in 2006, the portion of fraud stemming from mail or telephone purchases jumped to 40 percent from 3 percent.

Identity theft occurs when someone uses an individual's personal identifying information, such as a credit card number, without the person's permission to commit fraud or other crimes. Javelin's study covered incidents ranging from a one-time misuse of someone's credit card number to the takeover of a person's account or creation of new accounts in a person's name.

James Van Dyke, president of Javelin, said in an interview that many Americans are too trusting on the phone.

"In a typical situation, unsuspecting consumers receive phone calls from parties claiming to represent nonprofit organizations, billing institutions or other financial institutions," Van Dyke said. "Far too many of these consumers provide the callers with personal information, such as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers and credit card numbers."

With that information, criminals can open accounts in the victim's name, empty existing bank accounts, even buy cars or homes.

While the Javelin study found that overall ID theft was falling, it also found that the cost for consumers to resolve the resulting fraud was rising.

The latest study indicated that 8.1 million Americans were victims of ID fraud in 2007, down from 8.4 million a year earlier and 10.1 million in 2003.

The total cost of ID fraud also dropped, to $45 billion in the latest study from $51 billion a year earlier and $56 billion in 2003.

Van Dyke attributed the drop to a variety of defensive steps by consumers and institutions, including "greater consumer vigilance and awareness, improvements in systems and practices by companies that manager personal information ... and consumers more frequently updating spyware and antivirus software."

But the average cost for a consumer to resolve the problem rose to $691 in 2007 from $554 a year earlier.

The reason, the report said, is "due to growing sophistication in criminal fraud techniques, particularly in new accounts fraud," resulting in more high-value cases.

The biggest sources of personal identification information for thieves included: 33 percent from the loss or theft of a wallet, check or credit card; 23 percent from in-store, mail or telephone purchases; 17 percent from misappropriation of information by friends, relatives or in-home employees; 8 percent from computer viruses, spyware or hackers; 7 percent from data breaches, and 6 percent from stolen paper mail.

Ironically, the increase in phone fraud may be the result of better phone technology. So-called Voice over Internet Protocol, or VoIP, has made it possible for criminals half way around the globe to make inexpensive calls to the United States -- and mask where they've originating, Van Dyke said.

Also ironically, fraudsters often take the information they steal from individuals and use it to open wireless phone accounts, he added.

"Phone accounts are the No. 1 new account being opened," Van Dyke said.

Identity Thieves

From: Andy Tryens / Scambuster


Scott said: I didn't pick up


Cell Customer said: Easy way to avoid paying for the incoming call. Just do not answer any calls not in your contacts list. Ignore them; Then come to this website and see what posts are here. Without exception, so far, every number not in my contact list has numerous post on this website. I know, what if the call is really important or someone you know? Guess what? It will keep and they will wait until you return their call. I have a pay-as-you-go from AT&T and since I adopted this strategy my monthly cell phone cost is less than $30.00. And If you happen to have one of those phones that answers when you flip open the lid, ...ditch it and get a differant one.


Shawn said: Several calls


mad about this said: Recieved a call from these people. They said they were conducting a survey about my health care provider. Said they were a third party and couldn't give me any other info. Asked for my youngest childs birthdate and my address "for verification purposes and my protection" I gave them my P.O. box mailing address and they said they needed my physical address. I thought that was wierd so I refused. They said the survey could not continue without this information and the call ended. It all seemed strange, especially a week after my company was broken into and computers stolen. Some may have had employees personal information on them.

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