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(Gizmodo)   Intercoms and phone lines at offices of the National Weather Service are broadcasting seemingly random Amazon package pickup messages in Chinese and nobody knows why   ( gizmodo.com) divider line
    More: Weird, National Weather Service, Federal Trade Commission, Fraud, chinese embassy, Weather, Weather Service center, morningthe Washington Post, Telephone  
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853 clicks; posted to Geek » on 09 Aug 2018 at 2:50 PM (10 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2018-08-09 12:00:07 PM  
An unsecured extension to the pbx intercom. Ask KMart all about it, you used to be able to dial in and transfer to the storewide pager.
 
2018-08-09 12:29:17 PM  
So, this is how it begins.
 
2018-08-09 01:33:12 PM  
After an hour you want to pick up your package again.
 
2018-08-09 02:55:12 PM  
Isn't NWS in/near DC?

My cell is from there as well, and I've been getting a metric assload of scam calls from 301 numbers with the same exchange as my cell. I have no idea what the scam is or how it's supposed to work, as when I pick up the phone and say "Hello?" all I hear is a very static-y voice speaking Chinese.

Maybe someone just left one of those calls on hold indefinitely to try and stop it?
 
2018-08-09 02:56:02 PM  
Seemingly random. If one of them translates to "John has a long mustache", we're in for some shiat
 
2018-08-09 02:57:25 PM  
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2018-08-09 03:01:22 PM  
Of course it's a phone scam.  While I hate the farking scammers with the passion of a thousand suns, my real rage is directed at the telecos and the FCC who have their heads so far up their collective asses that they haven't stopped the spoofing/scamming/robocalling yet.  You incompetent shiatweasels.
 
2018-08-09 03:02:12 PM  
 
2018-08-09 03:06:53 PM  
"An 80 percent chance of decline and fall of our jingoistic empire, followed by a 30 percent chance of invasion. Dress accordingly."
 
2018-08-09 03:24:39 PM  

Dr Dreidel: Isn't NWS in/near DC?

My cell is from there as well, and I've been getting a metric assload of scam calls from 301 numbers with the same exchange as my cell. I have no idea what the scam is or how it's supposed to work, as when I pick up the phone and say "Hello?" all I hear is a very static-y voice speaking Chinese.

Maybe someone just left one of those calls on hold indefinitely to try and stop it?


Same here with the Chinese messages on my phone. I'm keeping an eye on my Coke.
 
2018-08-09 03:29:41 PM  

Priapetic: Of course it's a phone scam.  While I hate the farking scammers with the passion of a thousand suns, my real rage is directed at the telecos and the FCC who have their heads so far up their collective asses that they haven't stopped the spoofing/scamming/robocalling yet.  You incompetent shiatweasels.


I agree.  I hate when I get a call that says it's a mobile phone from my area code, and it's "Jeff" from Outer Bophuthatswana.  Right.

That shiat should be flat-out illegal.  You could make the argument that it's fraud or false advertising.
 
2018-08-09 04:44:40 PM  

Barfmaker: After an hour you want to pick up your package again.


Fortunately, that's what she said!
 
2018-08-09 04:49:46 PM  
China just testing their system to shut down all our telecommunications in case of war.  Nothing to see here, folks.  Just keep pushing those WalMart carts.
 
2018-08-09 04:54:47 PM  
My company was hit by an attack like this last year. Out of nowhere, all the phones started ringing at once, and as the switchboard operator all 5 of my lines were getting bombarded by the same automated message in Chinese, which roughly translated to "You have a package waiting at the Chinese embassy, please gather all your pertinent documents and call back this number..." This went on for 20 solid minutes, and every time I closed out a line, it would light up again, and again and again. They were all different numbers with 626 area codes. Non.stop.for.20-minutes!!! Eventually I think they ran through every number with a 626 area code, and eventually they stopped. Farking frustrating, as no one was able to use the phones in that time.

Our intercom system was connected to the phone lines, but luckily you needed a special prompt to activate it.

If ever I find out who initiated that scam, they will personally be flayed and fed to the dogs.
 
2018-08-09 05:26:01 PM  

Dr Dreidel: Isn't NWS in/near DC?

My cell is from there as well, and I've been getting a metric assload of scam calls from 301 numbers with the same exchange as my cell. I have no idea what the scam is or how it's supposed to work, as when I pick up the phone and say "Hello?" all I hear is a very static-y voice speaking Chinese.

Maybe someone just left one of those calls on hold indefinitely to try and stop it?



Record the 'This line is out of service' tones and put them at the start of your voicemail message. This will flag some robocall systems to remove the number from their call list, and don't answer any calls from your exchange for a while.
 
2018-08-09 05:37:21 PM  

ng2810: My company was hit by an attack like this last year. Out of nowhere, all the phones started ringing at once, and as the switchboard operator all 5 of my lines were getting bombarded by the same automated message in Chinese, which roughly translated to "You have a package waiting at the Chinese embassy, please gather all your pertinent documents and call back this number..." This went on for 20 solid minutes, and every time I closed out a line, it would light up again, and again and again. They were all different numbers with 626 area codes. Non.stop.for.20-minutes!!! Eventually I think they ran through every number with a 626 area code, and eventually they stopped. Farking frustrating, as no one was able to use the phones in that time.


csb:: Statute of limitations passed? Check.... I used this very method of service denial to a company that had badly wronged me presonally, professionally, and financially. Got a temp job at a P.I. making calls on a bad avgas event. I'd use the agency's three lines to redial the evil company's three lines for my whole lunch hour, hanging u the moment someone answered and hitting redial. They knew it was me, they knew why, they couldn't stop it, and since all lines were full, their phones were useless. I did this randomly on days I needed a chuckle, and it was always delicious when they would start ragescreaming into each call, which is when I'd back down to two lines knowing they'd end up screaming at valid callers on the third line


/not so vindictive anymore
 
2018-08-09 05:41:00 PM  
Greetings to the oppressed masses from the peace-loving peoples of China! All peace-loving peoples must join together to stop the war of aggression being waged by the Wall Street gang! Why do you continue to send your boys to die for your capitalist masters? Your boys are dying on the Alaskan front and all for nothing. Bring them home before it's too late. The gang of Wall Street fat cats and their Washington war-monger puppets have plunged the world into war to line their own ...(static) Do you think your leaders would keep you safe when the bombs fall? You will die while the Wall Street gang and their hangers-on live like kings and ...(static, message restarts)
 
2018-08-09 09:19:24 PM  

ng2810: My company was hit by an attack like this last year. Out of nowhere, all the phones started ringing at once, and as the switchboard operator all 5 of my lines were getting bombarded by the same automated message in Chinese, which roughly translated to "You have a package waiting at the Chinese embassy, please gather all your pertinent documents and call back this number..." This went on for 20 solid minutes, and every time I closed out a line, it would light up again, and again and again. They were all different numbers with 626 area codes. Non.stop.for.20-minutes!!! Eventually I think they ran through every number with a 626 area code, and eventually they stopped. Farking frustrating, as no one was able to use the phones in that time.

Our intercom system was connected to the phone lines, but luckily you needed a special prompt to activate it.

If ever I find out who initiated that scam, they will personally be flayed and fed to the dogs.


All scam callers are stupid, but maybe the Chinese are extra stupid and bulk cycle through numbers in numerical order.

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2018-08-10 12:41:27 PM  
 
2018-08-10 01:05:47 PM  

Dr Dreidel: Isn't NWS in/near DC?

My cell is from there as well, and I've been getting a metric assload of scam calls from 301 numbers with the same exchange as my cell. I have no idea what the scam is or how it's supposed to work, as when I pick up the phone and say "Hello?" all I hear is a very static-y voice speaking Chinese.

Maybe someone just left one of those calls on hold indefinitely to try and stop it?


I got one of those the other day from a 202 number (I've been avoiding the 301-MyExchange-xxxx numbers, good to know what that was!)
 
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