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"Junk Cars" Text Spam Plagues Miami Cell Phones, but One Brave Local Fights Back

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If you have a Miami-area phone number, there's a good chance that in the past few months, you've received texts seeking "junk cars." The message is all uppercase in both English and Spanish and promises $400 to $450 for your clunker. "It irritates the hell out of me," says a loyal reader we'll call Roscoe. The final straw for him was when his father, who pays for every text, received the spam. "Now they've entered my family," Roscoe says, "and that pissed me off."

So Roscoe has fought back by repeatedly calling the number and arranging to sell an imaginary car.

An IT guy by day, he uses Google Voice to disguise his number. He has learned that the spam-sending garage is based in Hialeah, so he picks far-flung addresses in South Beach, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables. When the drivers arrive, he tries to lead them on for as long as possible. Then he breaks it to them that he's just fucking with them.

Roscoe has pulled the gambit about 20 times. "They say the most vulgar things imaginable," he says, "which just makes my day."

Many New Times staffers have received the texts, and we're not alone. "I get about three messages like this one from different numbers," laments one of many tortured souls we found online complaining about the texts. "It's so annoying, and there seems to be no way to stop them."

The numbers sending the texts seem to be generated by computer so as to not be blocked. But after following a trail of phone numbers, we eventually received a call from the text kingpin himself.

Through a translator, the Spanish-speaking text tycoon, who refused to give his name, claimed he doesn't use numbers that are on do-not-call lists. "I have the license to send the messages," he said, adding inexplicably, "I buy the list [of numbers] from the government."

He quickly hung up. The number he called from belongs to Hardwell Industries, Corp., a defunct Hialeah company registered to a Coral Springs man named Gregorio A. Tejera.

Because we know you're waiting for this, his number is 305-303-0119.

Feel free to send him photos of your junk.

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StupidAssCubans
StupidAssCubans

Stupid pile of shit Cubans who send text messages about buying junk cars and when you respond they use your number to sell to people who actually buy these cars. They them selves do not buy them but they do the dirty work for companies who do. Dirty Cubans who just came off the boat and can't get a real job.

cojomoxon
cojomoxon

Ok. This is like the 20th time I post on here. The latest text is from
816-258-0031 with a text message reading " Call 954-615-7805 we buy junk
cars cash $300/400 compramos carros" but in all caps, of which I am
sparing you. I already filed complaints and shouted it out in blogs and
social media. Any OTHER suggestions to stop this madness?

cojomoxon
cojomoxon

I ALREADY filed a complait with the FCC, to no avail. I Still receive these texts.

Now I am getting the these texts from phone number 516-317-3085 saying to call 786-439-5330

Matt
Matt

Received one myself (one of many so far).  Called the number in the text and got a hold of a woman.  I asked her why I was getting these texts and she hung up on me (surprise).  I filed a complaint with the FCC and forwarded it to 7726 (SPAM) but not holding my breath for results.

NOTDRIVIN
NOTDRIVIN

I saw a WHITE FORD SUV at the Dadeland Station Parking garage (Target I guess) With the same AD on his rear window. I totally wanted to SPAM his paint job, but I was with my WIFE and kids. Not the right TIME to respond accordingly.

Listen. I am SURE if enough people lead this asshole on, like rosco, It will become a non-profit business for him and he will start loosing GAS, partners, TIME, etc. once we join together and send his tow trucks to addresses and cars that are FAKE. People. We need to re-unite and take care of these assholes. Goto Craigslists, Rants and Raves for South Florida formore information how YOU can get back at this ignorant idiot. BOTH LEGALLY and ILLIGALLY. Your choice! 

Casablanca
Casablanca

Attention!!! Anyone who receives these messages, you MUST immediately file a complaint with the Attorney General office, the more complaints the better!!! This might be the ONLY way to get them to stop!!!

Decide
Decide

I saw a couple cars in Hialeah with the "We Buy Junk Cars" message on their rear windshield.

Connie Johnson
Connie Johnson

I read this post when it first came out. I have been incessantly plagued by this guy's texts before and after this article came out. I call the numbers that show up on the text and no one ever picks up. I reported him to the FCC and did get a letter response back from the FCC saying they will get this guy. But, alas, today I get another JUNK CARS text. I call both numbers again, and no one answers. What the F do I do??? How can we really nail this guy?? After all you've done to harass him, he STILL sends these texts! Please help! The numbers that show up from this guy are 239-297-3117 and 786-454-6809. Please help me get this guy and maybe off him.

Junk Removal Toronto
Junk Removal Toronto

I didn’t receive this type of message yet… but some of my friends got this type of message and it really irritates… we should definitely try to do some thing through which we can easily able to check out these types of messages so that they can’t come again and irritates us… 

rozsconz
rozsconz

my best friend's ex-wife brought in $17665 the previous month. she been working on the computer and got a $539100 home. All she did was get lucky and follow the advice shown on this web site ..MakeCash10.com

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Glass Dominique
Glass Dominique

 my neighbor's ex-wife makes $78/hr on the computer. She has been laid off for 6 months but last month her check was $7923 just working on the computer for a few hours. Go to this web site and read more... makecash16Com

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

New one: (786) 518-9694

Googled this number and got some results.  Name is Isaac and goes by the handle "miamizfinest" on some forums.  He's got a few ads up on various sites trying to sell cars and other assorted crap (anyone want a signed Miley Cyrus 8x10"?).

Getalife
Getalife

Uh is it me or the whole idea of spoofing vehicle ID numbers sounds like Fraud no? I'm sure that would  be worse than a stupid little sign.

Rosco Perez
Rosco Perez

Another number that he uses is 786 222 0290.  Enjoy.

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs

Does anybody know the carrier for this guy's number? you can text bomb the motherfuck out of him through email.

Scurvy McBittyfunk
Scurvy McBittyfunk

There are apps you can gen real numbers to txt/call from for free. Ivedone about 20 so far, no closer than pompano, the keys and the glades. Guys are apparently on their ways :). PLEASE FOLLOW THIS UP!

SlipKnotFan666
SlipKnotFan666

I get at least 2 of these msgs a week and fucking hate it. I will start calling next time they send me a text!

SEE YAA
SEE YAA

Get those texts all the time. Nice "job" Roscoe.

Thecitysuckspelotas
Thecitysuckspelotas

haha just got a text and i told him to come through for some "junk". when he gets here im going to give him a bag of shit, trash or a toy car. DONT F*** WITH MY PHONE CUBANASOS

Cojo
Cojo

OMG I'd love to read a followup article to this one and find out that NT readers have, in fact, sent photos of their junk to this guy. 

Billgates
Billgates

 Forward to 'SPAM' (7726) to report!

TxtingScum
TxtingScum

Awesome, get texts from these idiots all the time and I'm definitely on the do not call list.

Thanks for the idea, will be teaching them a lesson today!

nevernot
nevernot

They also regularly plaster my entire neighborhood with signs. I typically pay the neighborhood kids $.50 per sign they bring me, call them and let them know the illegal signs have been removed the day they were put up and wait for the obscenities and harassment to ensue. Afterwards I file a harassing phone call report at the local police station and have their number disconnected. Makes the entire set of signs already put up useless, drives them nuts.

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

LOL @ not calling numbers that are on the do not call list.

Like Roscoe I've been doing my fare share of driving these people nuts.  Every time I get a text, I call them multiple times, just hanging up whenever they answer.  Eventually they either block my number or ignore my calls.  Then I repeat the same process from another number until it gets blocked.

If you want to lead them to a fake location like Roscoe, one of the things they ask you for a vehicle title number which consists of 8 numbers.  If you Google "Florida Vehicle Information Check" you will get a tool which lets you search for a title number.  Just input random numbers until you get a valid title.  Call them with this info (plus any other vehicle info) on hand and lead them on a wild goose chase.

D Shala
D Shala

 786-454-6881

sent from 954-556-0058

ThanktheMonks
ThanktheMonks

Spammers: 305-917-3843 786-454-5736 786-469-9975 305-647-9525 305-824-7923 786-768-4294

Yaniel
Yaniel

a quick google search says its metropcs, but it could be wrong.

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Can you post up the phone numbers that are listed on these signs?  I wonder if they all trace back to the same company or individuals...

Guy
Guy

Cool story, bro.

Ggordon
Ggordon

I get the texts on Metro PCS phones.

nevernot
nevernot

305-710-1508Fresh signs posted in my neighborhood, all torn down the same day posted. Kids are quick when theres a reward involved. Stayed up about a half hour.786-539-9042These are two numbers I know to be active, the second I got off the back of a car in my neighborhood. An older guy plastered it across his window and was feverishly removing it this afternoon. He got pissed when I took a picture of it while he was removing it from his car.

nevernot
nevernot

I was going to recycle the signs into something so I have a small collection of them, maybe 150-200 signs. I'll try to post up some of the numbers when I get home.

nevernot
nevernot

Haters gonna hate.... Try doing something productive some time.

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Nice work there!  These have spammed me recently:786-536-8390305-647-9525954-708-0989

Like you, I've seen a few cars and tow trucks with junk car ads on the back windows.  I'm going to start writing these numbers down to see just how many have had spam attributed to them.

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