This is the second in a series of posts about dogged, random phone spammers. The first was Direct Buy, which has attracted its own little pool of fellow complainers.
When this number calls, the call display simply says ‘Ontario: 807-274-0673’. The first couple of times I picked up, nobody was on the other end, so I just gave up answering it. Like Direct Buy, though, they call quite regularly. At least a couple of times a week.
I googled this number, and found only one result. It’s on the excellently-named WhoCalled.us, who have formalized my ad hoc method of gathering information about phone spammers. There are a bunch of comments from Canadians who have also received calls. Here’s one:
This number has called me twice while I was out and never left a message. I researched FANEVIL ISG on Google and found FANEUIL ISG instead, which is a telemarketer based out of Winnipeg, Manitoba. This area code however is from the neighbouring province of Ontario and the prefix is from the town of Fort Francis. Go figure.
I’m Irked by The Faneuil Group
Apparently they’re talking about The Faneuil Group, and they’re indeed headquartered in beautiful Winnipeg. They’re not only in a dodgy business–telemarketing–but they’re apparently pretty crap at actually speaking to the people they’re phone spamming.
There’s a pretty ironic message from President and CEO Brian Cornick on their home page:
How a customer wants to communicate with a company can make all the difference in maximizing the potential of a relationship. The Faneuil Group does not merely understand this, but embraces it.
This is accurate, in that their customers don’t want to talk to them, and they apparently don’t answer when we say ‘Hello?’.
I wondered if ‘faneuil’ meant something in French (it looks French), but apparently not. It appears to be a somewhat common location name in the Boston area.