Recently, we built a Reverse Phone Lookup Tool over the summer, and want to introduce it to our American & Canadian audiences. The aptly named, “QuitBothering.Me” is currently a list of a dozen or so phone numbers that either attempt to scam people out of their hard-earned cash, or are just plain nuisances. We hope you, the users, help it grow further.
The reverse phone lookup idea came a few months ago. While working in the US temporarily, I started getting a ton of these calls at all times of the day on the home phone. The first few were the typical telemarketers. After a couple days of this, I had the number listed on the Do Not Call Registry. This cut down the calls by maybe 90%.
Then the big one came. A man known as “David” had called, demanding a debt to be paid. I asked who this referred to, and the caller simply said my debt accrued in 2013 hasn’t been paid and demanded I supply credit card information so it can be paid. I let him yell for another 30 seconds. After a couple threats of lawsuits, I asked “David” what MY name is. He simply said he could track me throughout my area code. He obviously knows what my area code is, since it’s on his screen. However, he could never tell me what MY name was even answering the phone professionally, saying who I was. Simply put, he was phishing for my information so he could charge me for a debt I didn’t owe.
Normally, one would just hang up. But I thought about other people I know in town. How would they react? How would their neighbors react? Would they give that information for fear of a lawsuit over a debt they may have forgotten? It was time to think about seeing what the family is doing with these calls. It was also perhaps time to maybe take some preventative measures by way of investing in a call-blocker for those who may not have the proper understanding of what these callers are trying to do. We felt the new Reverse Phone Lookup Tool was a great way to find out who these callers are, and who, more importantly, to block.
Help add to the list, or leave comments on the already-added numbers, so others can tell the fraud from the legitimate. And don’t forget, if you’re already on the National Do Not Call Registry and you’re still getting calls, they’re most likely fraud.
More work will be done on this tool in the coming weeks, streamlining it, adding more numbers, tools & options & setting up a proper RSS feed for easy additions to your personal call blocker. Don’t have one? There are 4 listed on the site from Amazon, but you don’t need to only shop there. They’re available everywhere in the US & Canada.