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Modern Day Numbers Stations

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posted on Jun, 2 2006 @ 01:55 PM
Around May 8, a cryptic personal ad appeared on The ad included a phone number with a NYC area code. When called, a recorded message (similar to the type heard on the shortwave Numbers Stations) was heard. Similarly, a second personal ad appeared on Craigslist on May 29, this time with a San Francisco area code phone number. When the second phone number was called, a similar message was heard.
Back in the days of the Cold War, spies found ingenious and unusual ways to communicate with each other, hiding their communications in plain sight, whether encrypted or not. For instance, an intelligence agent (spy) might contact his case officer (handler) by placing an ad in the personals section of the local newspaper. This practice, it seems, continues today.

On or around May 8, the following personal ad appeared on the Internet classified ad site Craigslist. (It has since been removed.)

For mein fraulein

Mein Fraulein, I haven’t heard from you in a while. Won’t you call me? 212 //// 796 //// 0735

If you actually called the number, up until a couple of days ago you would have heard this prerecorded message (MP3). It’s a head scratcher to keep you National Security Agency analysts occupied in your spare time. Each block of numbers is repeated twice; but below I have transcribed them only once for clarity.

Group 415
01305 60510 12079 04606 50100
93000 08203 90130 94069 01207
81080 17028 01706 90220 73038
01401 70150 15073 00402 00680
12013 12510 00540 04091 01401
30150 86022 09608 10660 02082
05507 00020 00000 02208 30290
08022 01200 40710 13065 02709
40190 29014 02200 80020 11083
07300 30260 19000 00700 00000

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

Personally, I find this very disturbing. I'm hoping that the messages are a type of viral marketing campaign, and not some type of covert communication being sent be the Al-Qaeda or other terrorist organization as a means of organizing another attack on the U.S.

Related News Links:

Related Discussion Threads:
The mysterious Numbers Stations
The Beacon

[edit on 2-6-2006 by Xenophobe]

[edit on 5-6-2006 by UM_Gazz]

posted on Jun, 11 2006 @ 04:53 PM
Yesterday, a third message appeared on Craiglist, along with another phone number to call, and another cryptic message:

Mein Fraulein,

I hear the weather in the South is good this time of year. Won’t you call me?


The number, when called, does what you expect by now. You would hear this recorded message (MP3) playing groups of numbers, each group repeated twice, apparently for clarity. The numbers are:

Group 134
00300 30020 79087 02202 50150
75031 06501 00110 67027 06607
90640 21079 02107 90000 72018
06501 60000 12008 06801 90180
15088 03108 40730 29024 02500
60760 79013 01107 70950 07071
01806 9070

More info can be found here: Third phone numbers station

posted on Jun, 12 2006 @ 01:53 AM
I don't know much about cryptology. Maybe someone on the site that does could have a crack at it.

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