Number Investigator Enables Community to Protect Against Phone Scams Run by Jail Inmates

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Next time you receive a phone call from someone who claims that they want to help you connect with a friend or family member in an emergency, be sure to consult Number Investigator to guarantee you are not the target of the latest jailhouse scheme. Some inmates have not stopped victimizing the public, even from behind bars.

Police departments across the country are warning the public to beware of inmates who are tricking people into paying for their long-distance calls. Officials said the scam was brought to their attention when deputies of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, noticed an increasing number of phone calls from people who have been scammed.

In this scam, an inmate will call posing as a sheriff deputy or hospital worker and claim that a family member of the victim has been hurt, or involved in a serious accident. The imposter tells the victim that they need to get in touch with their family member by dialing *72, then a phone number for more information. When that number is dialed the victim is informed they have the wrong number.
*72 activates the call-forwarding feature on the victim's calling plan, if he or she is subscribed to one. This will cause all of the calls to this number to be forwarded to the number that the inmate has provided. Inmates are then able to make collect phone calls to this number, charging up a significant phone bill for the unsuspecting victim.

The scam was only detected due to the increased volume of calls to police departments across the country from citizens concerned about the well being of their family members. allows consumers to protect themselves. An individual seeking information about a suspicious phone call, simply enters in the 10-digit phone number they received the call from, and the number they have been instructed to dial to contact family members. The resulting report will provide the requester with general location information, complaints related to the phone number and additional premium information for a fee. The site has a running list of offending callers and complaints organized by phone number, so you are able to see if others have been targeted by the same con artists.

Unlike many reverse phone lookup services, is one of the few consumer advocate sites that allow consumers to report phone number complaints to organizations that have the ability to take action. Number Investigator gives consumers power to report potential fraud and band together to take action to eliminate these intrusive phone calls.

About is a leading provider of reverse phone lookup services that enable consumers to search any number, including cell numbers (where available), landline numbers and VoIP to accurately find the owner of that number.


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