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  • 1 (800) 379-8414

       September 26, 2004

    Ladies and gentlemen, I have some frightening news for you - the moonbat movement is alive and well, and these people are battier than ever.

    Get this - I've been getting a lot of calls from the number 1-800-379-8414. Every time it's the same - I pick up the phone, say "hello," then I just hear a "click" as the person on the other end hangs up. Curious as to who this number belongs to, I headed over to good ol' google and plugged in the number. First, it turns out that I'm not the only one getting hang up calls from this number. That was satisfying to learn - I can't say if its good or bad news, but I was at least happy to find some information in the number. What I found next, however, was much much more disturbing. And let me warn you, gentle reader, you will not believe the whackjobs that I've uncovered.

    There is a discussion thread over at Indymedia in which a bunch of moonbats think that this number belongs to the CIA, and that they are specifically being targeted with these "hang up" calls because they've sent hate mail to president@whitehouse.gov in the past.

    OK, now that you've picked yourself up off the floor, let me say that again: they think that the CIA is calling them and hanging up, as part of some sort of orchestrated harassment campaign, all because they've sent email to the President before. Think I'm kidding?

    Here is one excerpt from a post by the lead moonie explaining the scheme:

    Here is my experience with this number. Back in November 2002, when it became apparent Bush was hellbent on taking America to war with Iraq, I being an American that opposed such, began sending e-mailed messages to president@whitehouse.gov and cc to a number of other government flunkies. Soon thereafter I too began to get these mysterious phone calls. Pick up the ringing phone, silence, then a click, then silence, and finally if you stayed on line long enough, the sound began that of a line reaching a faxline. This happened late at night, and then early in morning, odd hours, multiple times a day. I naturally thought it was some government assholes, and so rigged my computer up to screen my calls, and then in spite of their no-number block, I managed to get the calling number of 1-800-379-8414. I have a relative that works for the government and made inquiry. What I was told was that if one writes a caustic, nasty, or very anti email, letter, or phone call to Bush @ White House, then it's noted (no reply is ever given...it's like your communication is ignored) and passed on to Homeland Secur- ity, FBI, Secret Service and no doubt others. They have data base that matches YOU up to their known threat data bank, and decide you're not an immediate threat, but are likely CRANK, a peace activist, a social activist, or some sort of person that isn't fitting their mold. They then have the regional or area Joint Terrorist Task Force (I think that's what they're called) to "check you out" and if necessary, to give you intimidating communications that will naturally arouse the suspicions of a thoughtful person, yet isn't possible to determine where it's originating, un- less one is willing to go to lots of effort. All this under the theory that it's easier to deal with crank-writers or the crank-caller by neutralizing their "crankiness" by mild intimidation tactics such as this. IF, this isn't enough, then you'll soon get a phone call from someone claiming to be from some "police benevolent group" with a hyper- aggressive old coot trying to pitch you into contributing to some bullshit fund. Frankly, these old character's are usually retired ultra-rightwing cops willing to work for p/t "security reasons" for the government, and they'll either do this from their home phones, or from the "safe phone" provided by the feds.

    And it goes on, and and on, and on. And the nuts all buy it.

    One whack job responds in earnest:

    I have sent any negative e-mails to the white house or government in general--I generally don't think stuff like that is worth the time. But I have written several letters to the editor of different papers and some have been published with my full name (these letters included criticism of police tactisc at PDX protests and US foreign policy in the middle east). I also have been quoted around the internet in various stories about police brutality, so I would guess that any marginally competent cop with too much time on his hands could figure out my home number.

    Another user chimes in

    I have just received my first 800-379-8414 call.

    Amazingly, this follows a volley of criticism I sent to president@whitehouse.gov.

    Another one drinks the Kool-Aid as well:

    Hi there - I don't have caller ID on my landline and I am hoping to find out who has been calling me at least twice daily for the last couple days. The calls are similar to others described above - silence, then a click and hang-up. I got one tonight, (on a Saturday!), one earlier today, one last night around 9 or so, leading me to believe it's not telemarketers. Also, I am on the national Do Not Call list. I've made an online contribution to the DNC, have made several anti-Bush statements online as well as silly anti-Bush searches on Google, all of which can probably (?) be traced back to my ISP and therefore phone number - is this right? Should I assume it's this government thing, or some wacko who found my name and number online screwing with me?

    All I can say is.... WOW.


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    Comments

    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Joe R. at September 26, 2004 05:19 PM

    Nothing from the mouths of them or the DUmmies surprises me at all anymore. If one of them says something like "You know, I kinda like Cheney," then I'll need CPR.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Libby at October 1, 2004 03:59 PM

    I got a call from that number today. I have never sent an e-mail to any government office before. Just curious as to who it was, I called the number back and it was busy. I called again later and it rang and rang. Whatever.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: XtHeDoG at November 15, 2004 08:50 AM

    So then what is the reason for the 800 number calling and hanging up? I don't believe in any of these conspiracty theories but I do receive the call quite often.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Marian at December 22, 2004 04:50 PM

    I have had the number 800-379-8414 call 4 times in the last 2 days. Being a novice, I had just learned about Google and plugging numbers in to the search engine. Low and behold, I found your site. When the second call came in, I picked up the phone on the second ring. The recording said something about a cancer fund and gave a 888 number real quick. Today, I was ready...I picked up on the first ring with pen in hand. A man introduced himself from again some Cancer fund and asked for me by my first name and maiden name. I said,"That's my first name, but that is not my last name". He then asked for my 87 year old mother. I told him she does not take any calls. He again asked for my name and I explained again. He quickly said he would call back and talk to someone else and hung up on me. You can not tell them not to call again and the Do Not Call Registry won't help, but I will keep a log with dates and times, and file complaint with the phone company. Has anyone else ever talked to anyone at this number or I'm I the only one sitting at the phone waiting for that call?

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Hillary at January 22, 2005 01:52 PM

    I just now got a call from that number. (I have caller ID) A guy said "Marla?" That happened to be my deceased mother's name. I said "No" and he said "Is this the Webber residence?" and that was my mom's last name (and my maiden name). This was getting wierd because altho I live in her house, she died 4 yrs ago and had a DIFFERENT PHONE NUMBER! Then he starts telling me about some kind of police benevolent group that is raising funds for something or other, and I told him that he was in no way legitimate, and a few other things. He must have been a bit rattled because before he hung up, he said: "Have a good evening." even tho it was morning. FWIW my mom probably would have voted for Bush, but I have been a pretty vocal critic of this administration's policies.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Pam at January 24, 2005 12:29 AM

    This person (?) had been trying to call and we would not answer because we didn't recognize the number. So, when we did, this is what happened. I received a call yesterday (1-22-05). A man, said hello to my husband, by his name, then asked to speak to me, by my name. When I said hello, nothing. After a few moments, I hung up.

    Very strange. No, I haven't been involved in any political party, etc.

    Would like to know what this is all about.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Amanda at February 5, 2005 07:18 AM

    I haven't written any e-mails to the President, White House, or anyone! Why am I receiving calls from this number. The ONLY thing I can think of that is even related to this is that I joined a site called yougov.com and have completed some online surveys over the past several months. Specifically, some of the questions on the survey are related to how pleased/displeased I am with how the President is running the country, the war, etc. I would like to know if anyone else who participates in surveys at yougov.com receives calls from this number?

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Jeanie at February 8, 2005 09:57 AM

    I have also been receiving these calls at least twice a day for the last two weeks. Next time they call I will answer to see what the story is. I have been vocal in many liberal policies on-line.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Jamie at February 8, 2005 03:31 PM

    have been getting the same calls...just called and when I answer he asked for my roommate but he acted like he knows my roommate. the guy called yesterday around the same time so if he calls back we are going to get to the bottom of it.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Jamie at February 8, 2005 03:34 PM

    also curious to know if any one else is using Vonage or any other VOIP carrier instead of regular land lines...supposedly if using VOIP you do not fall under the Do Not Call List category.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: grubworm at February 10, 2005 07:43 PM

    I just got a call from that number. I'm a college kid and not an activist. More conservative than liberal actually. He asked for me then a Mrs. me. There is no Mrs. me. He told me he'd call back. I'll have some fun if he does.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: pitdogK9P at February 26, 2005 09:19 PM

    Voted for Bush. Sent donation to RNC. Give verbal support to Bush policies. Several calls in last two weeks from said number. No one on line when I pick up so slam receiver in ear of caller. Will try to check next time to see what I hear if they stay on line. 2 calls today. Registered independant. At least they're not discrimanating along party lines.

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Katt at March 1, 2005 08:02 PM

    I had the call 4 times in a row this evening and ended up here after googling it.

    3/1/2005 8:36:53 PM Eastern Standard Time
    From: 800-379-8414@callwave.net

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Roxanne at March 3, 2005 10:41 AM

    I have received this phone number three times in the past two days. I don't understand why I am getting these calls. I have tried doing a reverse lookup of the number and ended up with a list of several websites reciting the phony number and the problems they have been receiving. I am also on the Do Not Call list. So who ever is calling, for the purpose of solicitation or whatever, please stop calling! Thanks

     
     
    #  March 7th, 2005 6:48 PM      Converted_Comment
    Converted comment: Posted by: Mike at March 6, 2005 09:02 AM

    I just got a call from that number. My wife and I are both very conservative and support the President. I say that for the liberal wackos who think they are getting these calls because they post on websites against this administration. I can't say how often yet, suppose I should log these calls to find out. But today's call is just before 9am on a Sunday morning. Telemarketers are allowed to call after 8am in your time zone. I know this because I have had to battle some who don't recognize the part of Florida that's in the Central Time Zone that we live in. I am on the Do Not Call list. I don't think it's government, but maybe it's a telemarketing company that gets hired by other companies and charities. I also came here after putting the number in Google (which I don't use often, Teoma is better) because I heard from a friend that Google could do a reverse number lookup and trying 411.com didn't work.

     
     
    #  March 8th, 2005 7:38 PM      gettingcallsrepublican
    I have started getting calls from this number starting this week. I do not hate our president, and in fact I support him 100%. I voted for him, and I would vote for him again if he could run for three terms. The only thing I have done is sent an e-mail to the white house, but I was given that option by Illinois senators and state reps.. I don't know what the name of the web site was, but it has to do with keeping under age kids from getting access to tobacco. I also want to add that I get e-mails from the RNC. I don't think the theories that are on this are too good. I am a complete oposite of what this site is claiming, and I am receiving the calls. I would be interested in hearing comments from people.  
     
    #  March 11th, 2005 5:29 PM      sarah
    I recieve calls from this number from aroud 10 in the morning to after 8:00 at night. They have been calling me for the last ten days or so, recently as many as SIX times a day. Finally today I answered, and the guy- he sounded young, like early twenties- asked "Is this Sarah?" like he knew me. I said yes, and then he asked for my boyfriend by name. Thought this was weird because my boyfriend doesn't live with me. I said no and offered to give him his cell number. Then the guy hung up. While I am sure this has nothing to do with my political beliefs, my boyfriend has donated to an Illinois police benevolence group in the past. Anyone else actually talked to someone on the other end of the line?  
     
    #  March 12th, 2005 6:24 PM      sarah
    It's the Illinois Firefighters something or other, asking for money. Told them I didn't appreciate all the calls. He hung up on me.  
     
    #  March 13th, 2005 8:36 AM      aida1200
    I'm a registered Republican who has nevertheless signed many petitions and sent many e-mails to my Senators and Representative protesting the President's policies--may even have e-mailed the White House on occasion, but am not sure. I just now deleted at least six calls from 800-379-8414 from my Caller-ID box, the most recent of them having come in shortly after 9:00 a.m. today (Sunday). Someone at that number has been calling here for several weeks, at least, and hanging up on the answering machine. We, too, are on the "Do not call" list. It never occurred to me that it had anything to do with my liberal communications--just that it was some pest who didn't know when to give up.  
     
    #  May 14th, 2005 7:37 PM      roygbiv
    Received a hang-up from this number on 5/14/05. I haven't spoken a word politically, so this is just a con artist calling every number in the book.

    I'm on the Florida Do Not Call list, which is more restrictive than the national, so this guy is a scammer -- and I might add, he should burn in hell for scamming the gullible... just as soon as we get around to making hell.  
     
    #  May 15th, 2005 3:42 PM      roygbiv
    I got another call from this number today (5/15/05); I picked up on 2nd ring... a long silence, and then received a charitable solication (live person) on behalf of the Florida Highway Patrol Police Benevolence Fund. Caller stated his name was Bruce Dorsey (or something close that).

    This is a professional fundraiser (by their admission), so are exempt from most Do Not Call lists, and by the looks of it (on this thread), they must have a lot of campaigns going on. That would explain some confusion I would think.

    I know that many of these benevolence funds don't do a whole lot for those they claim to help. I let him waste his breath while I took a trip to the fridge, then politely refused. He was very pushy afterward, so I hung up.

    No conspiracy here... just the usual BS we all have to endure thanks to the selfish people of the world.  
     
    #  July 4th, 2005 6:22 PM      Informer
    Anyone getting calls from, 1-800-379-8414 should call, 1-888-382-1222 to report them. This is and all automated line to take the report using a Tone Phone. NOTE: you need to be listed with the Do Not Call List for at 30days to enter a report. Push 1 for English then 4 to enter the report. First the # that the caller called (this is your #) then your asked for the date of the call like today of this post you would enter 07 04 05. then enter 800-379-8414. Listen to the promts. Thats it.
    This is harassment! "Donations" or no "Donations" and they need to be reported. The more reports the more apt someting will be done.
    Hope this helps.:)  
     
    #  September 26th, 2005 11:04 PM      KJ
    I know this is an old thread but I have been getting these calls and finally decided to google the number and came up with the site where someone suggested what was mentioned above. It was disturbing but not surprising from a certain type of paranoid liberal. Anyway, I read through the whole site and the commonality seems to be people who bought a Dell computer and/or those of us who took the free Earthlink offer. I am pretty sure it is not an evil Republican conspiracy ;)  
     
    #  September 27th, 2005 8:21 AM      BrianH
    I'll bet if you checked, you'd find that Carl Rove owned some Earthlink stock and Haliburton owns some of Dell and it's a larger conspiracy than even the loonies suspected. 8*)
     
     
    #  December 21st, 2005 2:24 AM      StingrayJG78
    I, too, have to throw my hat in the ring as getting, as I now call it, "tele-stalked" by 800-379-8414. Our phone service is SNET/SBC. We have caller ID with privacy manager, but this doesn't help. Privacy manager is of no use because they are only blocking their name but not the number. (If both are blocked our phone won't even ring) I also tried *60 call blocking to no avail. Won't work on that number. Our number has been registered with both state and gov do not call registries since their inceptions. Here are some characteristics that I've observed:
    It seems like whenever they decide to call, they pick one day and "carpet-bomb" you. On 12/13/05 I received calls at 12:16pm, 2:45pm, 7:21pm, 8:16pm. Then nothing for a week. Now exactly a week later (12/20/05), almost to the minute (11:51am) I got another call with the same notorious caller ID that says "Name Not Found" with that same notorious phone number listed. When I got home from work later at night, there were 2 more caller ID's at 6:16pm and 7:57pm. I did not attempt to answer the 12/13 calls, I was only home for one of them. (and sleeping, thanks a lot) but on 12/20/05 I picked up the 11:51am call on approx. the third ring and was just hung up on right after hello. Based on this small pattern, I'm fully expecting the phone to ring next Tuesday yet again at least 3-5 times because as I said before, their M.O. seems to be to pick a particular day and "carpet-bomb" your number. I've probably been "carpet-bombed" like this at least several days in the past year. And with me it's particularly frustrating because I work rotating shifts so pretty much no matter when they call here, they're waking me up. I have submitted complaints thru legitimate channels, via www.donotcall.gov or the phone number a couple posts up, and will continue to do so. But I have serious doubts this will ever result in anything positive. I have never gotten another person or even a recording when I answer, and when I try to return the calls, I just get a busy signal or perpetual ringing. I have even tried calling them at 3am (which depending on my shift is the convenient middle of MY day to call them)and still just got ringing and no voicemail, recording, etc. And for the record, my political views are pretty middle of the road, I've sent no letters or notes to anyone at any time. Some other comments I've read online about this notorious phone number suggest that they may have boosted my number via some type of spyware that may have made it's way onto my computer. That could be possible but it would surprise me since I do several spyware cleanings several times a week on my system here. Well, sorry to banter on here, just wanted to add my two cents to the thread here and let you know you are not alone. Jim.
     
     

     

     


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