It started last week. My phone rang and an unfamiliar number flashed up on screen. It was (949) 540-0781. I ignored it seeing as it was on the other side of the country and if it was important they would have left me a voicemail. The next few days were quiet, but then I received a call from the same number. I ignored, but they called back again. And again. And again. Finally, I was fed up and I answered. Big mistake.
Mr. Steve! You win free trip!
Her English was broken and her accent was heavy, but she assured me that I had won a free round trip for two anywhere in the US or Canada. I assured her I didn’t enter in any contest, but she was insistent that I was passing up a great offer. Again, I told her not interested and told her to have good day. I hung up. She called back.
This time she was a bit more pushy. She rudely asked why I didn’t want a free trip and what was wrong with me for turning down such an offer. I said this was shady and I don’t want to hear from her again. She said hold on while I get my manager. I hung up but this time the manager called back. I could understand her a bit more, but before she could get a word in edge-wise, I told her not to call me back, remove me from whatever list you have, and just leave me alone. I hung up again. A few minutes pass and I feel that I had bested whoever was trying to get in contact with me. In the midst of my glory, my phone rings AGAIN. It’s the same number. This time I was prepared.
I had Hendrix playing before she called. Since she so rudely made me pause my music, I was going to give her a bit of a show. I cranked the volume just as Jimi broke into his guitar solo during “All Along the Watchtower.” The volume was loud enough that I couldn’t hear a word she was saying. I was yelling into the phone that I was at a concert and I would be here for the remainder of my life and if she called back, this was how we were going to have to communicate. I again, hung up. Surely I had won. Until my phone rang again.
Now, this part I’m not very proud of and I’m sure my neighbors aren’t too pleased either, but I was determined to make her stop calling. A quick Google search landed me some free video porn and I decided to share my glorious findings with the telephone. I skipped ahead in the scene to the really raunchy stuff. Armed with men and women in pleasure, I answered the phone and held the receiver up to the speaker until the phone flashed that the call had ended. A full 58 seconds had passed before she gave up. The war was finally over.
The Company Behind 949-540-0781
In between one of the calls, I did manage to Google the number and read a number of complaints regarding whoever was calling. Apparently they run a number of scams and offer free prizes ranging from car warranties to computers to vacations. They apparently are spoofing their phone number and routing it through Orange County, California.
I haven’t been able to pinpoint the company exactly but a bit of research has revealed a lot of information. They are operating under the following names and phone numbers:
- Pioneer Company, Pioneer, Pioneer Communications
- US Website Builders and uswebsitebuilders.com
- Westwood International, Point to Point Destinations, Westcoast Timeshare, Geo Holiday
- United Digital Solutions, NSI Group, Tom Duncan
- 816-389-2688, 213-340-0809, 213-340-0817, 213-340-0620, 404-134-0809, 213-316-7159
I don’t know why one company is operating under so many different names and phone numbers, but whatever they are peddling, it can’t be good. I didn’t stick around long enough to want to try to figure it out either. Has any of these numbers or companies called you? Or have you been offered a free trip, computer, or car warranty? Post in the comments below. I’d really like more information on this one.