No Tourist Information At 1-800-CHICAGO, Just ‘Nasty Girls’

CHICAGO (CBS) — If you call one legitimate-looking 800 number and someone on the other end asks if you’re looking for a good time, she’s not talking about a good time seeing a play on Randolph Street or going to a game at Wrigley Field.

No, if you call 1-800-CHICAGO, you’ll actually find yourself connected with a phone sex line.

The Associated Press reports a Philadelphia company called PrimeTel Communications is to blame. Over the past 13 years, the company has quietly gained control over nearly a quarter of all the 1-800 numbers in the United States and Canada.

Thus, many people probably just looking for the hours at the Museum of Science and Industry or directions to Navy Pier instead ended up hearing a woman offering “one-on-one talk with a nasty girl” for $2.99 per minute.

PrimeTel also grabbed the toll-free inmate information line for the Cook County Jail the moment the line became available after the jail canceled it. Soon enough, the number was ringing into one of the National A-1’s phone-sex lines.

Many, if not most, of PrimeTel’s 1.7 million numbers appear to be used for one thing: redirecting callers to a phone-sex service.

People who might be looking for warranty information on their Escalades, seeking to get their cameras fixed, or hoping to find out if James Hetfield and the old crew are going back on tour will also find themselves connected to smutty phone sex lines. PrimeTel has taken over 1-800-Metallica, 1-800-Cadillac, 1-800-Minolta, 1-800-Cameras, 1-800-Worship or 1-800-Whirlpool.

(TM and © Copyright 2011 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS Radio and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2011 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

  • CrsytalG

    Thats crazy and funny at the same time. I too had an experiance with a bad 1800 number. I was calling the number in back of a laminating machine I needed to be fix and got a phone-sex hotline. I took back and made sure I dialed the right number and I did. I called it again to make sure and I got the same soft spoken lady offering me a good time! I was freaken out becuase I called on my office phone and I was sure someone from IS was going to come and have a talk with me about it! You just never know anymore with these 1800 numbers who you are really talking to!

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