Rating: Why does a NYC company call Brit mobiles?
This has got to be more than just a co-incidence. GoMo News‘ Brit HQ is currently situated in a leafy suburb of London [in Surrey]. Yet two residents of this village received calls from the same New York telephone number to our cellular phones within 60 seconds of each other. Exactly the same thing happened to both of us, the incoming call disconnected before we could answer. Naturally, we suspected a scam but the number isn’t a premium rate service – it is a regular fixed line (we think). It could, of course, we a bizarre denial of service attack on the operator of the call centre. We’ll have to wait to see if anybody else reports the same attack. Just for your information, the CLI for the incoming call +1 212 380 2800 tracks back to offices on 3rd Avenue in New York (NYC).
The company which answers the phone is vFinance Inc. You can check this from their web site here.
The young woman GoMo News spoke to had no idea who might have been trying to reach us.
A little more research suggested that the premises might belong to a specialist communications company, Paetec Communications who in turn might be leasing from Time Warner Axs.
Until a full denial of service attack is reported, GoMo News can only suggest that you save the number in your handset’s addressbook and don’t answer it.
Also, don’t attempt to call it back. We used Skype to call the phone number because our credit with Skype is finite (under £10).
If anybody has any idea what is going on, we’d be pleased to hear from them.