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Telemarketers, Scams, and Annoying Phone Calls

For the last couple weeks I have been getting called by someone/some company who claims to be “Cardmember Services” They start with a little pre-recorded spiel about being my final notice (Yeah right! I only wish it was my final notice.) to lower my credit card interest rates. The messages goes on to say “Press 1 to speak to an agent.”

The first time they called, I pressed 1 and when they came on I asked to be removed from their calling list as I am on the National Do Not Call registry. They promptly hung up the line. I then tried calling them back on the number they called on and the line reported that it was no longer in service. “Great!” I thought, these losers don’t want to be called back.

I left it alone and sure enough the next day at a different time, I get a call again, only this time the number was a different number on the caller ID. So I did the routine again and pressed 1. I led them on for a bit about being interested in their service and when they got suspicious of my schemes (when I asked them who they were with) they just hung up.

Sure enough, the next day I get another call, it is the same thing. This time, I got a little further with them, to the point where, just as I suspected, they wanted a credit card number to verify I had the debt. Meanwhile I am recording this whole conversation the whole time. I quickly found a cool website with a bunch of numbers that will pass the MOD10 algorithm test and gave one of them to the lady. She said she was going to run it and would be right back. I waited a few minutes and then she had me verify the number. I repeated it back to her and she put me on hold again for a few more minutes. Finally she said, ‘I am having a lot of trouble running that number, I can’t help you.” and then she hung up.

I did some research on these numbers that have called and came up with the following information:

First number that called was 865-292-0385:

tnID Database Record For 865-292-0385
Current Telephone Company: Current Provider
Original Telephone Company: Brooks Fiber Communications – Tennessee
Brooks Fiber Communications
(865) 291-5000
620 Market St Ste 600
Knoxville, TN 37902

Original Telephone Company Type: Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC)
Estimated City: Knoxville
Estimated Region: Tennessee
Estimated Postal Code: 37917
Equipment Location Code: KNVLTNIIDS0
One of the other numbers that called: 01-942-2887

tnID Database Record For 201-942-2887

Caller ID: Caller ID
Current Telephone Company: Current Provider
Original Telephone Company: Mcimetro Ats Inc.
Original Telephone Company Type: Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC)
Estimated City: Jersey City
Estimated Region: New Jersey
Estimated Postal Code: 07304
Equipment Location Code: NBWKNJ17DS1

Possible contact information for MCIMETRO, ATS, INC

MCImetro Access Transmission Services LLC
Godfrey Chisanga
2400 N. Glenville Dr.
Richardson TX 75082

MCImetro Access Transmission Services LLC
Laura Dalton
500 Summit Lake Dr. 4th Floor
Valhalla NY 10595

MCImetro Access Transmission Services LLC
Godfrey Chisanga
2400 N. Glenville Dr.
Richardson TX 74082

MCImetro Access Transmission Services LLC
Laura Dalton
500 Summit Lake Dr. 4th Floor
Valhalla NY 10595

Jersey City, United States

Information: Warning: This caller is most probably a spam caller
Spam Score: 100%

I have filed a complaint three times with the FCC at

Feel free to comment with any success stories in defeating these scammers or tricks you have used, funny stories, etc. I Feel if I can at least waste ten minutes of their time I have accomplished something. What do you think?

Additional Number to add to the list that has called:

tnID Database Record For 512-501-3637

Current Telephone Company:
Current Provider

Original Telephone Company:
Brooks Fiber Communications – Texas

Original Telephone Company Type:
Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC)

Estimated City:

Estimated Region:

Estimated Postal Code:

Equipment Location Code:

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Last accessed on Tuesday, June 14, 2011 4:03:32PM EDT.

List of scam numbers from some of the comments:

28 responses to “Telemarketers, Scams, and Annoying Phone Calls

  1. Joseph Reitmeier October 23, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I have found a program available on Apple and Android stores has worked very well for me.
    Whitepages ID can catch allot of these scam calls, and will let you add them so it will hang up on spam callers right away. You do have the option with this program to block or unblock callers.
    Check it out.

  2. Cynthia R October 6, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Well add 614-569-2544 to the list…I got MCImetro Access Transmission Services on the whitepages reverse look-up…called and left no message.

  3. Gary Robert Del Carlo September 8, 2015 at 10:22 am

    I just got a call from them. The number was 304-381-9096 which is from Clarksburg, West Virginia

  4. Rod Ruger August 12, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Their current number appears to be 317-456-5646. Calls, no message. I call back. Recording says to leave name/phone number. Scam? Apparently phone is in Brownburg, IN. Carrier noted as Level 3 Communications which is out of Broomfield, CO.

  5. Alexandra Selvaggio July 21, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I keep getting phone calls from 216-654-1100 and when i call back it never goes through!! They called me 3 times today and i finally blocked them!

  6. Jennifer Swan June 11, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Mine comes from Brooks Fibers communications in okc a branch off the tennessee location. Number (405) 506-7090. They claim they have a summons against me for a credit card over 10 years old that I never had, for a debt of over $5 grand and can settle over the phone. I call them on it saying I know they are full of crap and they say the calls will never stop. Yep 2 years later and they are still calling. I’m going to have to change my number I guess. I’ll hang up on them and they will call back over and over not even caring that they know they are a scam and I’m trying to put my baby to sleep while having the line open so I don’t miss my husbands call. Heartless people. They know I’m not going to pay them for a fake card so why are they still calling? I have reported their company and the many numbers they call from, it does nothing.

  7. Lance OConner April 16, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Well I am on the do not call list, but these people will not stop…. So I have started getting even. I have a whistle (the type with the little ball in it) that I use on these idiots. I follow the prompt to press 1, I listen to them and then I blow the whistle into the phone. I then sit there laughing at them while listen to them cuss and yell because I hurt their poor ears with the whistle.
    Seems that I have been getting fewer calls from these idiots since I have been blasted their eardrums with the whistle.

    • Winefred Martin July 22, 2015 at 7:43 am

      love that….I did it at first but I was a kids toy that had a sort of sick whistle sound and the guy just laughed at me and said I needed to get a new whistle :( I will get a new one like yours!

  8. Ann J. March 10, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    SAME INFORMATION CALLING MY home phone number. This number 703-586-9634 ,I received a call every morning between 8:30 and 9:00AM Please advise how to stop this calling I return the call and the phone number says not in service.

    • analogbytes March 10, 2015 at 11:01 pm

      Unfortunately, I don’t know of a good way to get them to stop. I had to change my wife’s number because there was nothing my district attorney or local police department would do to help. All I could do was go through and block the numbers, but they would just keep calling on different numbers, either spoofing the caller ID to a fake number or using an internet phone number that cannot be called back. You can call and complain to your local authorities, or a local news outlet and see if they can make some noise to the FCC or whoever needs to look into these scams on the phone. I can tell you one thing, they are not legitimate callers so don’t ever give them any information or acknowledge any information, even if they supply you with some basic information that they could have easily looked up with a Google search.” I am sorry I don’t have any better advice for you.

  9. Teri Sugai February 3, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    We received a phone call from a woman claiming to be with the Gas Commission. She asked for our Pacific Gas & Electric Co account number. She said they would “cap our gas prices” The phone number is 707-536-0797 and is tracked back to the MCI Transmission Services..etc. SCAM!

  10. Vanessa Farley Penick January 1, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    They’ve started calling me in Ohio at 937-401-3613. They are messing with the wrong lady. I was known at GE Capital as Mrs. Fraud because I busted fraud up all the time. Secondly, I’m on a first name basis with the Attorney General of OHIO. I’ve turned in companies where people got arrested. I also have deep connections with the media. I’m going to use all of my resources to get these people shut down.

  11. Anthony Orenstein December 19, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I, too have been getting these annoying calls. I don’t know who gave them my number, however, as my number is unlisted. They ring ang ring the phone all day long, day after day. I am ignoring these pests, but it continues. I will have to call the sheriff’s department about it if it does not stop!

    • Vanessa Farley Penick January 1, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      Call your State’s Attorney General’s office too.

  12. Charles Gregory December 10, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Hi all.

    Want to add my $.02 about this number:

    12.10.14 ~10:00


    Never picked up when they called, did search on it and found this:
    Brooks Fiber Communications
    1351 Washington Boulevard
    Stamford, CT 06902 – View Map
    Phone: (203) 399-1000

  13. Winefred Martin November 25, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Same call for about the 100th time, “my final offer to lower my credit card interest rate”. Usually I just hang up but the other day I pressed one and got a live person on line, I talked very fast about the stained glass stepping stones I make, giving info. on what they were, how they were made, sizes, costs and a long list of the various designs I have. I went on for a few minutes and when I finished the “gentleman” asked if I had ever made one of a penis. I told him no but that I had in fact at one time made a penis pinata. He then hung up on me!!

    A few weeks later, again after pressing one and being put on hold going from being the 9th caller to the 7th, the 14th, the 3rd then back to the 9th, when I did get a live person I spent about 10 minutes complaining about the wait. They finally hung up.

    Today I got a call, then an email giving me a phone number to call, which a reverse phone directory showed (212) 377-6616 MCImetro Access Transmission Services Landline in New York. They were asking about my YELP listing and offering to help get more traffic to my business through “their” YELP listings. After ans. a few questions I did get leery and hung up. That now makes me nervous and I am so glad I found your site for the information you have given. Thanks!!

  14. Lynne Bryant November 21, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    I am having the same problem! They call me twice a day – thank God I’m gone most of the time – and they leave no message. It’s getting quite irritating to say the least. I think next time they call, I’ll pick up the phone, hit the disconnect button and continue to do so. Don’t know if it’ll help, however, if they bother me, let them pay for the calls they make. When I entered the phone number into the reverse call number, I too, got MCImetro Access Transmission Services LLC. When I saw the word “transmission”, I thought immediately of my car as I had a new new one put in back in March of this year. These people are as irritating as hemorrhoids! Next time they call, I may even go so far as to speak in a foreign language. Have fun with them!!!!

  15. Barbie Hazen October 30, 2014 at 10:33 am

    My neighbor almost got scammed yesterday. A person called her who pretended to be her Grandson, saying he was in trouble and she needed to speak to his Lawyer…even gave a Lawyer’s name…she spoke to him and he said he needed $4,000.00 to get her Grandson out of jail. They settled on $2,000.00, as she did not have the amount they were asking. They told her to go to CVS and pick up a Green Dot Money Pak.. with no need to tell anybody what it is for, etc. They gave her this number to call back, once she got the card, so she could read the code on the card to them The number to call back was 403-383-6076. This, I looked up and is Rogers Communications Partnership, out of Alberta, Canada. I then looked on my Neighbor’s cell phone to find the number this person called from…it was: 212-659-6471..which goes to Peerless Network Landline, N. Y., N. Y. If I call that number late at night, a person with some accent will say “ello”…”ello”…then hangs up, as I didn’t speak. I spoke with a person in the fraud department at Rogers Communications…he stated to file a police report and have them e mail it to their company. At times when I do try that number in Canada, I will get a recording of a man with that same accent as the woman I called on the N. Y. number, which says a name and extension. The extension is 85471, which is not an extension. Fortunately, my Neighbor, being 83 years of age, asked for the Manager at CVS on how to do this procedure. The Manager said: “Are you sure this is not a scam”…as they have had very many in the past few months. My Neighbor then called the number back and said “This is a scam and I’m going to call the police”… She never heard from them again, as of yet. Also, upon going a bit further, I found the New York number to supposedly belong to a person by the name of, J E Robert Compo. Never ever give anybody answers over the telephone…rather, ask them questions!

  16. Brandy Davidson September 10, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Had someone from a number call me the other day. When I looked it up, it came up as this company. I answered and the lady asked me if my name was such an such and I said yes. She then stated that I had won 25,000.00….I didn’t let her get any further before I hung up. As soon as that came out of her mouth I knew it was a scam, LOL!

  17. Kara Donaldson September 5, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    hi, Mcimetro Access Transmission Services LLC (also showing dba Verizon on certain reverse tool look ups, among variations of the Mcimetro LLC name) is apparently is using another set of new numbers 304-500-9153, so irritating, same scenario I keep getting call coming up on caller id as only Berkeley, WV (which is only the area for that area code and prefix) and when I call the number back they do not identify their selves when I am put on hold for a agent, and when agent picks up they rudely ask for a account number, still not identifying who they are, and when I ask account number for what they ask if I am calling from (which then they repeat my line I called them on showing they track caller id on those who call them back) and when I say yes that is the number I am calling from they start rudely asking personal info, and when I ask once again who & what company this is that keeps calling me they promptly hang up, and they have done this same thing all three times I called them back & could tell I was getting a different agent each time, yet this is obviously their way of doing so called business as each agent has rudely treated me the same way and hung up without letting me know what company they are calling from or who this account number is for they keep asking me for, I did a reverse phone number search which is only way I figured out their companies name, which also popped up this forum in which I felt I should add this new number they are using so others don not have to waste time researching who these very rude scammers, or if not true scammers then to say the least a very poor excuse for a business that cannot possibly be completely legit,actually are!! Good luck all!!

    • analogbytes September 5, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      So the company that you are referring to, Mcimetro Access Transmission Services LLC, is a carrier, they own the phone number that the scammer is using to call you – they are the phone company. I have tried talking to them and reporting the numbers that called me to them to turn over to the police because they are scams and they told me they cannot do anything because I am not one of their customers. Your best bet is to file a complaint with the FCC every time you receive the calls. It is possible that the number that shows up on your caller ID has been spoofed. Think of MCI as the department of transportation and the scammer as a car – we know they came from a certain location where the DOT of that area manages the road, but without knowing the owner of the car, (scammers are able to mask their true identity – so think of a scammer hiding in the trunk of someone elses car) it is hard to track them down. If they tried hard enough I am sure they could, and that is why you should file a complaint with the FCC at the link I provided earlier. If enough people complain, maybe they might look into it.

  18. Corky Boo April 30, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    MCI is a phone and data carrier. The individual calling you is a scammer using a phone number that is on the MCI phone switch – most likely an internet phone number like Google Voice uses or something of the like. The phone number has to be routed into the telephone system through a phone switch and MCI happens to be the switch with that number…………………

  19. Corky Boo April 30, 2014 at 1:05 pm


  20. Corky Boo April 30, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    AND SHE HUNG UP………..

  21. Elise Palmer February 23, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Back in 2013 calls started from all the following numbers: FYI- I just ignored the calls
    TELE FUND 303-293-2727 everyday from 8-27-13 to 9-14-13
    ASSISTANCE – 203-538-0995 started 8-30-13 ended 9-5-14
    GRAVEN FOR LHJ 515-200-1016 started 8-14-13 ended 9-5-14
    ANAHELM CA 714-607-6298 once called 8-28-13
    GE CAPITAL 913-676-4100 once called 8-7-13
    LAS VEGAS, NV 702-705-5398 once called 8-22-13
    ? – 253-236-2698 called once
    ? – 458-201-0417 called once
    ? – 541-981-4219 called once
    TOLL-FREE CALLE – 1-800-251-5860 started 8-14-13 and ended 8-15-13
    ” ” – 1-800-950-9396 called once
    OUT OF AREA – 1-860-556-3346 started 10-1-13 ended 10-2-13
    ” ” – 1-303-351-5183 started 10-1-13 ended 10-7-13
    ” ” – 1-201-845-6009 once called 9-11-13
    ” ” – 1-860-415-6391 started 9-12-14 ended 9-22-13
    OUT OF AREA – 1-203-433-3355, 203-433-3359, 203-4333-3367, 203-433-3350, 203-433-3365, 203-433-3363, 203-433-3345, 203-433-3371, 203-433-3375, 203-433-3349, (these callers just says on my caller ID “OUT OF AREA” which the area code is in my area and I do not answer the phone and they end up hanging up after 2 or 3 rings) The numbers I just listed continue to come and go since Sept 2013 and as of today 2-23-14. The caller will always call in the evenings sometimes right near the dinner hour and then possibly one more time in the late evening.
    OUT OF AREA – 1-203-893-4770 NEW number calling as of Feb. 2014
    ” ” – 1-203-763-1967 called once back in Sept 2013
    ” ” – 1-201-845-6009 called once back in Sept 2013
    ” ” – 1-860-415-6391 called once back in Sept 2013
    OUT OF AREA – 1-203-688-0778 called once back in Sept 2013
    ” ” – 1-203-624-4208 called once back in Sept 2013
    ” ” – 1-708-615-2051 ” ”
    ” ” – 1-203-397-1988 ” ”
    ” ” – 1-206-397-1988 ” ”
    OFA – 201-845-6009 only once Sept 2013
    Service Customer – 203-538-0952 Sept 2013
    UNKNOWN NUMBERS STARTED BACK ON 9-16-13, however numbers have stopped as of 2014
    203-346-1766 and 340-693-9071
    STEAM GLOBAL S. = 1-480-707-5300 called once back in Oct. 013
    MEMBER SERVICES – 1-860-791-6711 Three times only in Sept 2013
    FLORIDA – 1-305-368-8891 only once in Oct. 2013
    ECHOSYSTEMS – 1-510-201-5536 once in Sept 2013 and Oct 2013

    That is all I have for right now. I continue like mentioned above from the 203-433-33 etc numbers listed above every day. I am listed on the DO NOT CALL LIST and have always updated since anytime I remember to. This is the first time I kept a record of all the callers. I wanted to write to my State Senate to help prevent these telemarketers from calling. I do not know if that is even worth it. If I can pass on numbers of theses callers listed above then it will help others not to fall for anyone trying to get their identity.

    Thanks for letting me share :)

    GOOD LUCK to all.

    • SaVannah Lace October 7, 2015 at 2:38 pm

      MCImetro Access Transmission Services LLC left me a voicemail:

      A man named Jim Reddy spoke with me about a loan I defaulted on from an online loan. I told them they are crazy and I know this is a scam. The call came fro 480-448-4772 they later left me voicemail to call 866-409-1920 extension 005789.

  22. Parris Larrain December 19, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    When I asked Google who was mci metro ats inc i got that it was a commercial research company but also I got that it was the largest telecommunications company in the world. They knew I had financed a car and asked about my interest rate. The one strange question I got was, “you bought a car and you weren’t happy with it?” It was weird. Have the credit bureaus been hacked or has a credit bureau insider or more than one, sold the personal info of everyone in their databases, which is everyone? But, why would they bother to call? I don’t get why they are actually wanting to talk to people…help?

    • analogbytes December 19, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      MCI is a phone and data carrier. The individual calling you is a scammer using a phone number that is on the MCI phone switch – most likely an internet phone number like Google Voice uses or something of the like. The phone number has to be routed into the telephone system through a phone switch and MCI happens to be the switch with that number. They most likely did not “know” you financed a car but were merely guessing based on the fact that many people finance cars. They are seeking information they can use to steal your identity. If they really knew you financed a car, they would also know the interest rate and more information about you. Never give information to these people. They always tell me “we see that you have made some payments on time…” – how likely is it that one of the people they call is making payments on time? Many people make their payments on time. If they really could see my credit information, they would see that I don’t carry a balance on any of my cards. They come off sounding as if they know information about you but it is a trick to get you to give them your information. The moment you ask any information about them or ask them to provide a website or something that you can use to verify that they are indeed who they say they are, they hang up. Good luck getting back through to them when you dial them back as the number they use is unreachable. Unfortunately, the only solution for us at this time is to change our number – it is what we were told by our phone company (cell phone) They call my wife’s phone at least twice a day now.

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