When I’ve looked up the offending callers (numbers) online, websites online indicate that these callers are apparently doing this to 10’s of thousands of cell phone owners … particularly as these sites show lists of thousands of reported individual, offending numbers.
These websites are ones which list the phone numbers of these "offending" callers and give people a chance to post what numbers are doing this, and comments.
Here are two odd things
noted from these “reporting” websites …
When people actually try to “push 1” etc to get to a live person, they rarely ever actually manage to talk to someone … and when they do, there is apparently rarely any actual solicitation for the alleged “product”. People report actually being berated, insulted and so forth, or, asked for personal information … but no legitimate business solicitation.
individual number appears to be calling for a host of *alleged* businesses including mortgage stuff, car insurance, appliance warranties, and dominoes pizza just to name a few.
A further point … It is obvious that these callers are doing what was known in the old days as “war dialing” … a practice that is specifically illegal by the FCC. It involves using computers to call random numbers (in this case using specific area codes and prefixes).
So I asked myself … Why would someone war-dial thousands of numbers repeatedly for no apparent business reason whatsoever????
One possibility is that, WHEN you actually get someone on the phone, they are merely trying to get your personal information. But they apparently pick-up so seldom that this does not seem to be the total answer.
The only other theory I could come up with is that it could very well be THE ONLINE WEBSITES, THEMSELVES that are behind the calling … all those click-thru’s are how they sell the advertising space that you see on them for Intellius, etc
Further, these website often suggest you list *your* cell phone number when you make your "complaint".
If this is the case, they’ve opened the sites … then war-dialed hundreds of thousands of people to “drive” them onto the internet in a search for info about who is calling them over and over.
In any regard, war-dialing is illegal and the FCC will take reports of this behavior. FCC complaint forms can be found at … http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/1088D-R.pdf