Glass Scam Still Haunting Industry, Point of Origin
Differing Per Incident
The telephone scam targeting glass shops and requesting large quantities
of glass shipped overseas continued unabated and new reports to
the USGNN and glassBYTEs.com indicate that the calls are being placed
from different cities around the country.
First reported three months ago on USGNN and glassBYTEs.com, the
scam began with the use of a TTY relay operator, as would normally
be used by a person with impaired hearing. The use of TTY operators
makes call tracing harder. Glass shops would receive a phone call
from a person inquiring about making a large purchase and having
the goods shipped overseas.
Over the course of the last few months, shops from across the country
and Canada reported having been recipients of phone calls that followed
the general modus operandi of the scam, each with a slightly different
experience. Some shops reported that they were contacted directly
by individuals, and those that had caller ID or redial options on
their phones would capture the information. Tracing the phone numbers
turned up at least one call coming from Florida.
More than one company representative wrote to USGNN and glassBYTEs.com
to say that when they called the phone number on the caller ID,
they heard background noise that they described as a "call center."
Last Friday, Steve Gross of Gross and Associates in Ohio contacted
USGNN to say that he received a call that mirrored the glass scam
phone calls. His tracing of the phone call showed the point of origin
as Detroit and the address to which the order was to be sent a fictitious
Most recently, posts on the AGRR/glassBYTEs.comô message boards
indicate that the scam is continuing at a solid pace as ever. One
visitor to the boards indicated that he, too, received two such
phone calls on Friday, and another visitor noted that his most recent
experience with the calls indicate the scam is spreading to include
related industries, such as paint.
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