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Re: 2002220000 Given as Caller ID

Marcus Didius Falco (
Mon, 28 Feb 2005 03:25:47 -0500

Mark Elliott <> wrote:

> FYI:

> There is a VOIP service allowing individuals to make free voice over
> ip calls worldwide. That id showed up on my cell phone too. Ask your
> friends if they are calling you using an internet phone!

> Hope this helps,

> Mark

> [TELECOM Digest Editor's Note: I've had some interesting phone calls
> lately where the caller ID was given as 'Unknown 119' and 'Unknown 103'.
> They were overseas calls from Nigeria looking for Lisa when she was
> not here one day. Playing along with them, I found out they were doing
> the Nigerian scam. They may have not been in Nigeria, but they certainly
> did not speak English as I know it. The calls came in on my Vonage
> VOIP line (which terminates on the PBX but goes through caller ID first.)
> PAT]

I recently had occasion to call Pakistan using a "dial-around" carrier in
the US. The call appeared on the Pakistani's cell phone as a local call in
Islamabad, meaning it was handled as a VOIP call. Some less-developed
countries have made a major effort to prevent VOIP. However, it is my
understanding that they are not successful for any length of time before
the VOIP people figure out a work-around.

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