Is the phone number 206-888-6592 calling you and you want to know who it is? Read on to find out more about who these pests are and what they want.
The group associated with this phone number is the Waka Network.
There appear to be two websites associated with Waka Network: wakanetwork.com and wakanetworkinc.com. A cursory whois lookup tells us that wakanetwork.com was only created recently, on September 23, 2011, while wakanetworkinc.com is even newer, created in November of 2011. The sites themselves don’t mention the gift cards or surveys, but instead appear to be local-based deals similar to LivingSocial.com. How this particular gift card scam is related to their websites is something of a mystery. Both wakanetwork.com and wakanetworkinc.com claim to be subsidiaries of Easy Communications. Wakanetworkinc.com claims that the company was founded in Nevada.
Their Sales Pitch
Once they get your number into their database, they’ll start calling you over and over again, sometimes at very early hours. They’re telemarketers – what do they care? Telemarketers are bad enough, but unethical ones are the worst. They will try to pull a not-so-clever bait-and-switch tactic on you, with slight variations in the approach. They may tell you that they want to give you a $10 Wal-Mart card, and all they need is some contact info. They may also want to up-sell you to a $100 Wal-Mart card in exchange for filling out a survey. Either of these cards will eventually require your credit card number and contact information for some phony “processing” charge such as $2.98. Do not give these people your credit card information!
If you ask them how they got your number, they’ll probably tell you that you filled out a survey online, which you probably didn’t. If you ask them what survey it was, they either won’t know or will tell you some cryptic name that won’t sound familiar.
The Phone Numbers
Calling 206-888-6592 will yield you a fast busy signal, which means they’re probably spoofing the number. Anyone who will call you from a number that you can’t call back is conducting bad business and should be avoided.
Wakanetwork.com lists a phone number of 877-332-1490. When I called this number, I let it ring 12 times, and no one answered.
Wakanetworkinc.com lists a phone number of 877-237-9772. This one also rang with no answer.
They may also call from 657-306-7365. When I tried to call this number, it wouldn’t go through at all.
What To Do
You can try calling the 877 number and try to get removed, though it probably won’t help. You can try filing a complaint for violation of the Do Not Call registry, which again may be futile. The best thing to do is to block the number if you are capable. What I do is a little more vindictive… I’ll let them go through their sales pitch, and ask interested questions. I’ll give them completely bogus contact information and then at the very end I’ll politely inform the caller that I just purposely wasted their time and hang up.