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Vanity - Harassing phone calls from "Prolixus"
GraceG | 0925/2010 | GraceG

Posted on 09/25/2010 6:51:34 PM PDT by GraceG

Over the last few weeks I have been received up to 5 calls a day from these fraudsters from the "Prolixus" people. They call claiming to be from the "Prolixus Identity Protection Center" and they claim that I contacted them earlier for a call back. Well the problem is their product is a "male enhancement" product and I am female. This doesn't seem to stop them from calling me for what seems like ALL of the time.

I have on several occasions demanded to talk to a supervisor who then assured me I would be taken off of their list within 24 hours, but they still keep calling. I have tried explaining to them that trying to sell this stuff to me is like trying to sell a fish a bicycle, still doesn't work.

They are really annoying the living carp out of me. I guess next time they call maybe I will try to waste their time on the phone and try to engage the person on the other side in useless chit chat, maybe try to make it cost them money because these harassing calls are costing my sanity.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Miscellaneous; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: annoying; prolixus; scammers; telemarketing
Anyone else have an experience with these jokers?
1 posted on 09/25/2010 6:51:40 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

Of course not! :{)


2 posted on 09/25/2010 6:53:19 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: GraceG
Anyone else have an experience with these jokers?

When they call I always give them referrals.... Sorry....

3 posted on 09/25/2010 6:54:13 PM PDT by freebilly (No wonder the left has a boner for Obama. There's CIALIS in soCIALISt....)
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To: GraceG

Just immediately say “please put me on your do not call list” if they say anything else, repeat that and say that under FCC regulations they have to comply or be reported. That usually shuts them up and ends the calls.


4 posted on 09/25/2010 6:54:49 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: GraceG

$5 dollars ($13 installation fee) a month for the call blocking feature with my local phone company. I find it worthwhile


5 posted on 09/25/2010 6:55:24 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: GraceG
Sounds like you probably have valid legal claims against the caller (if you can ID the REAL caller) under the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. 227, et seq.

You could receive up to $1500 per call. Keep a record of the date and time of each call, and record them if you can. Save any Caller ID info you might obtain, too.

Freeper mail me if you want to chat. I will send you my office number. I handle these types of claims (in Ohio) and might be able to hook you up with an attorney who could help you.

6 posted on 09/25/2010 6:58:45 PM PDT by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: GraceG

I haven’t had a telephone other than my cell in six years. Stopped all the crap calls.


7 posted on 09/25/2010 6:59:52 PM PDT by devane617 (November!)
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To: PackerBoy

I don’t have caller ID which makes it even harder... Maybe I should get a caller ID box..

I hate to sue them because I do not like messing with lawyers.


8 posted on 09/25/2010 7:01:02 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: devane617

[I haven’t had a telephone other than my cell in six years. Stopped all the crap calls. ]

I usually only use my land line for calling out to other numbers. I have considered canceling it and getting skype and using the extra money saved per month to boost my online speed.


9 posted on 09/25/2010 7:02:23 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

Do they provide their name and/or number in their calls? Are the calls made by live operators or are they made through the use of a prerecrded voice?


10 posted on 09/25/2010 7:03:50 PM PDT by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: GraceG

A well rehearsed barrage of choice expletives usually works too!

I’m on the “Do not call list” and have not been bothered by any calls since I joined over 3 yrs ago.


11 posted on 09/25/2010 7:04:58 PM PDT by Never2baCrat
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To: GraceG

You might dump your land line. Cell phones have even more protections and remedies than land lines.


12 posted on 09/25/2010 7:05:19 PM PDT by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: GraceG

There are a couple of options other than a land-line and I have never missed having one. Gmail now has a voice option, so that is another option.


13 posted on 09/25/2010 7:07:58 PM PDT by devane617 (November!)
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To: GraceG

I haven’t heard of them but I got yearly calls from kaiser for years reminding me to get a breast exam. You would think the male voice with a business greeting would give them a clue.


14 posted on 09/25/2010 7:08:05 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (I still like peanut butter)
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Others have apparently complained about their calls:

http://www.complaintsboard.com/complaints/harrasing-phone-calls-c359737.html

15 posted on 09/25/2010 7:09:39 PM PDT by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: GraceG
****trying to sell this stuff to me is like trying to sell a fish a bicycle, still doesn't work. They are really annoying the living carp out of me.***

You seem to have seafood on your mind! LoL.

16 posted on 09/25/2010 7:12:47 PM PDT by MountainDad (Support your local Militia)
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To: MountainDad

Yeah. Sounds fishy.


17 posted on 09/25/2010 7:19:02 PM PDT by PackerBoy (Just my opinion ....)
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To: GraceG

I’m on the do not call list and thus have avoided official sales calls.

A politician could probably snag my vote real easy though if they’d make a “do not call” list for political calls. All year long, but even more so in the months leading up to an election I get a minimum of 2 calls a day - the NRA, the NRTW, and numerous calls from suspicious area codes in the DC/northern Virginia Metro area. I don’t even answer the ones without a number I know. That’s what voice mail is for. Thank goodness for caller ID but the frequent interruptions alone are a pain in the butt.


18 posted on 09/25/2010 7:25:00 PM PDT by BuckyKat (Green is the new red.)
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To: GraceG

Answer the phone, tell them you want to talk to them but need to do something for a second, put the phone down and walk away. They’ll get the message.


19 posted on 09/25/2010 7:31:54 PM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: PackerBoy

Why not buy some just for the halibut?


20 posted on 09/25/2010 7:38:07 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: GraceG
Report violators to the FTC. They have an online form you can fill out, and the FTC will pursue violators. I had one that called me three times a day for weeks and I finally reported them to the FTC and it stopped calls. You file a complaint here, using as much information as possible will help them get the violators to stop quicker.

Once you get a CID box, WhoCalled.US is a handy site to bookmark.  You can report telemarketers there as well.

21 posted on 09/25/2010 7:38:33 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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Call the 800 number and see what happens: http://whocalled.us/lookup/prolixus


22 posted on 09/25/2010 7:41:27 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (In 2012: The Rookie and The Wookie get booted from the White House.)
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To: GraceG

There is a simple answer, it costs a bit, but it’s worth it to protect your sanity — SCREEN YOUR CALLS:

Caller ID and an answering machine, that allows you to see who is calling and be able to monitor your messages. Caller ID helps recognize friends and you can pick up. I do not pick up the phone for anyone whose number I don’t recognize. If they leave a message and it’s someone I want to talk to, I pick up during the message, otherwise I don’t. Most telemarketers do NOT leave a message, those who do can easily be ignored. I have been using this method to screen my calls for years and has worked fine for me, no more running to the phone, just to find it’s a telemarketer calling and I don’t have to actually talk to these annoying people.

You can also place your phone on the “do not call list” — that cuts back on calls, but does not elminate them.

https://www.donotcall.gov/


23 posted on 09/25/2010 8:10:23 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: GraceG

Please see my post 23 — I just had some additional thoughts:

These days you can get a phone or a caller ID box that talks, so you don’t have to be near the phone to hear who is calling. Also, the phone company charges you monthly for the caller ID feature, but it’s worth it. The answering machine ( a physical answering machine, NOT central voicemail) is just a one time cost. With central voicemail through your phone company you can’t monitor the messages, but with an answering machine you can listen, while they are leaving the message and pick up or not.


24 posted on 09/25/2010 8:18:25 PM PDT by SmartInsight (Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~ G. J. Nathan)
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To: GraceG
Not with them but what I did for another caller was to say I was a computerized answering machine and started giving a menu of choices. Kinda fun when I asked to talk to their answering machine.
25 posted on 09/25/2010 8:44:47 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: GraceG

You are WAY too nice! Just hang up on them.

The cheapest way to handle telemarketers is to sign up with the DO NOT CALL list, and buy an answering machine to screen your calls.

If I ever get caught by one of these guys by mistake, I usually have loads of fun with them.

There was the time I said, “I can’t hear you.”

Guy: “Chimney cleaning.” Me: “Leaking...leaking?”

Guy: “Cleaning?” Me: “I’m sorry I can’t make out that word...’leaking?’...is it ‘leaking?’”

Guy: “CLEANING!” Me: “Can you speak up? I can’t make out that word.”

HE hung up, never to call me again. Why? They don’t want to waste their time on you, when they can be talking to a potential sale.

Or I have played stupid.

Guy: “I’d like to tell you how you can save money on your energy bill.” Me: “No ESCOs, no ESCOs!”

Guy: “Ma’am, this is not an ESCO....” (Of course it’s an ESCO!) Me: “No ESCOs...no ESCOs.”

I’m telling you, *they* hang up on *me*.

Next time those people call, here’s what you tell them:

“YOU’VE GOT TO BE CRAZY, MY HUSBAND WEARS ME OUT AS IT IS!”

Them: “Blah, blah, blah....”

You: Oh, sh!t, he’s calling me back to the bedroom again! Gotta go!” And get off the phone. Hang up if you have to.

Good luck!


26 posted on 09/25/2010 9:02:28 PM PDT by Lauren BaRecall (Paladino is a rock star!)
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