Heads up for cell phone users

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by armedandsafe, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. armedandsafe

    armedandsafe Guest

    FirstInLine received this from corporate:

    I have already received 2 telemarketing calls, which is a new experience for me on the cell phone. They normally come in on the house line. I'm now registered.

    Pops
  2. ponycar17

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  3. armedandsafe

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    Thank you. I guess Verizon is operating under a misconception.

    Pops
  4. Vladimir

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    Congress could learn a thing or two from the FCC. That was, without a doubt, the clearest document ever produced by our government. I actually understood the whole thing!
  5. pinecone70

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    Telemarketers are always apologetic when they call my cell phone and I tell them it's a cell number. They seem much more annoying when they call my land line and I tell them it's a blocked number that I pay to have blocked! Ugh.
  6. pickenup

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    I don't have a cell phone. :p
  7. Well, Pick, I understand that Obama has promised to get us some cell towers here in Colorado one of these days. Maybe then we can do away with the tin cans and waxed string we've been using. :D;)
  8. artabr

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    While it may be illegal I'm still getting these types of calls after registering with the FCC AND filing complaints.
    It's gotten so bad that I've started keeping a log of all the offending calls on both my landline and cell phone. I get 2 or 3 calls a day now on my landline. :mad:

    Another government program that doesn't work. Although I've got to say, they did try. :mad:


    Art
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  9. delta13soultaker

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    I got rid of my last land line in 2005 because of telemarketers. Within 1 day of that one being connected, they were calling. From 8am to 10 at night, offering everything from Girls Gone Wild DVDs to preapproved loans.

    I disconnected the land line before the first bill came!
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    The donotcall list has worked very well for my wife and I. It does take 3 months or so to take effect. The calls we get are very few and far between. We never get telemarketer calls on our cell phones either. I believe this happens when people take their home number (a landline number) and have it put on a cell phone due to the number portability legislation a few years ago. A guy I work with did that and I believe he gets telemarketer calls on his cell because it's in the home phone range of numbers.
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    It's annoying that the telemarketers seem to find a way around the DNC list. They do eventually start calling again, I have had my numbers on the list since it was established, but have always gotten fewer calls on the cell number. Last month I was getting up to ten calls a day on my land line!
  12. armedandsafe

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    OK, here is the situation on tis plantation.

    My cell phone number has the same 3 number prefix as do many of the landlines in this area. There is no way for computers to know who is cell and who is landline by the number. So, the registry is potentially useful. I used to get a telemarketer on my cell phone about once every 2 months. I received two this week. Hmmmmm.

    I remember when the fax telemarketing was the rage. I had a fax on the business line. Whenever I got a marketing fax, I would send a bill for $25.00 to the sender for "advertising fees." If it was not paid within 60 days, it went to delinquency and was reported to the credit bureaus. I took a couple of them to small claims court, as they were based in the city. Wanna hear a company cry? Walk in with a deputy sheriff and demand a check (with costs, interest and fees) or property siezed until the bill was paid. I would always sieze the keyboards on the computers. Within 6 months, the telemarketer fax machines across the country had been programmed to NOT call my number. :D

    My advice is: register. It is relatively painless.

    Pops
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    It's the same for me. I've been on the DNC list from the begining. I think the way they are getting around the law is by offering you a chance to decline the call.

    I received a call the other day. I called the number back and got the "This number is disconnected" recording. I can't figure that one out. :confused: :mad:


    Art
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    I like to play all kinds of tricks on them once they really tick me off.
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    It's not outright illegal. It is something like automated dialers are illegal, so if someone physically punches your phone number in it is legal.
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    And this is where the government failed. When it first started these types of calls were not allowed. The system worked. The lobbyist got the FCC to change the rules. Now it no longer works.
    Typical of our government. I still file complaints on everyone of the SOB's.


    Art
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    STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA
    OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
    DARRELL V. MCGRAW, JR.
    CONSUMER PROTECTION DIVISION
    1-800-368-8808 or 304-558-8986 Press Release

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Norman Googel
    Phone: (304) 558-8986


    Release Date: January 14, 2009
    Attorney General McGraw Settles with Arizona Telemarketer; Returns $10,000 to 99 WV Consumers.


    Beverly Burdette was suspicious when her father, Fred Burdette, then 82, purchased overpriced household items that he did not need, such as trash bags and light bulbs, as well as items he did not like, from a telemarketer. The telemarketer told Fred that the money would go to help "handicapped veterans." Because he was a disabled World War II veteran and felt the money was going to a good cause, Fred agreed to purchase several items.

    Beverly’s initial suspicions were confirmed when the company, I Glo Workshop, Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona (hereafter "I Glo"), began billing her father for other items that he did not purchase. After receiving a complaint from Fred Burdette, Attorney General McGraw’s office commenced an investigation that led to a settlement agreement between his office and I Glo.

    In the agreement, I Glo agreed to obtain a license and surety bond and to inform consumers of their unconditional right under West Virginia law to cancel telemarketing sales within seven days. I Glo also agreed to refund all payments it collected from West Virginia consumers, which resulted in refunds of $5,828.89 and canceled debts of $4,832.06 for 99 West Virginia consumers.

    "Consumers should always be wary when receiving calls from telemarketers offering deals on goods and services that sound too good to be true. Consumers should insist that the terms of the sale be disclosed in writing before making a purchase. If the telemarketer refuses to disclose the terms in writing, the consumer should walk away or, in this case, hang up the phone. In order to avoid unwanted telemarketing calls, consumers may register their telephone numbers with the Federal Trade Commission’s National "Do Not Call" Registry by calling 1-888-382-1222 or by visiting www.donotcall.gov," Attorney General McGraw stated.

    Any persons wishing to file a complaint about a consumer matter or to alert the Attorney General about unfair or deceptive practices may do so by calling the Consumer Protection Hot Line, 1-800-368-8808, or by obtaining a complaint form from the consumer web page at www.wvago.gov.

    This is from WV Attorney General's web site. It is possible to ruffle these marketers feathers.
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