The Albany Board reported a strange phone call that one of their brokers received recently. A man called the broker’s office and referred to an employee by name and said he was going to be sending a wire transfer to their business account that day and that he needed to get the necessary banking information. By coincidence, one of the brokers in the office was scheduled to have a closing on the same day that involved a wire transfer so the call did not seem suspicious at the time. The broker who was going to have the wire transfer answered the phone and asked for the caller’s name. He answered Mike Higgins. The broker then asked what the call was regarding and his reply was that it is personal. The broker asked if it was about a real estate transaction and he said yes, that it was for a down payment but said he couldn’t give the address. The broker then told the caller that she couldn’t give him that information and he hung up quickly.The number in question is 201-373-8336 under the name Mike Higgins. The broker called the number back and a machine picked up indicating the call had been made from a telemarketing firm.
Caller has called approx. 15 times in 3 days and usually doesn't say anything. This time they asked for the owner of the business and I asked who was calling. They did not respond so I kept saying "hello" louder and louder until finally I could hear a woman's voice speaking another language. Seriously, it was first sounding like Spanish, then Chinese then maybe something Indian or Asian. I kept saying over and over "you need to stop calling this number" until finally she responded saying "no, LISTEN" and blah blah again in another language. I could hear noises of other people in the background - it was like crossed phone line. We hung up and she called right back and wanted to tell me a story starting with "I have been searching for true love" and wouldn't shut up until we said we were reporting them to the phone company and we hung up. They have not called back.