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Complaints About Automated Calls Up Sharply
Chicago Tribune ^ | September 17, 2012 | Associated Press

Posted on 09/21/2012 4:01:38 PM PDT by Livin_large

So much for silence from telemarketers at the cherished dinner hour, or any other hour of the day.

Complaints to the government are up sharply about unwanted phone solicitations, raising questions about how well the federal "do-not-call" registry is working. The biggest category of complaint: those annoying prerecorded pitches called robocalls that hawk everything from lower credit card interest rates to new windows for your home.

Robert Madison, 43, of Shawnee, Kan., says he gets automated calls almost daily from "Ann, with credit services," offering to lower his interest rates....

The agency said this month that it was mailing refund checks to more than 4,000 consumers nationwide who were caught up in a scam where the telemarketer used robocalls from names like "Heather from card services" to pitch worthless credit card rate reduction programs for an up-front fee. Checks to consumers range from $31 to $1,300 depending on how much was lost.

To file a complaint with the FTC, people can go online to www.ftc.gov or call 888-382-1222 to report their experience for possible enforcement.

(Excerpt) Read more at chicagotribune.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: creditcard; donotcall; scam
We get at least one of these "card services" calls a day...cell phone, home phone, wife's phone.
1 posted on 09/21/2012 4:01:42 PM PDT by Livin_large
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To: Livin_large

I get them at work all the time.


2 posted on 09/21/2012 4:05:18 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Livin_large
they are the ONLY sales calls i ever get... about one a month
3 posted on 09/21/2012 4:05:24 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Livin_large
Robert Madison, 43, of Shawnee, Kan., says he gets automated calls almost daily from "Ann, with credit services," offering to lower his interest rates....

Ann has called, but my every other day caller is "Rachel, with credit card services.."

It's annoying, it sucks, I thought we had a law against it and a registry, but it doesn't seem to help. If you call a lot of these callers back, they say they are putting you on their "do not call list", but I don't believe they do; furthermore, I was on the national and state Do Not Call Lists in the first place.

4 posted on 09/21/2012 4:11:10 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Livin_large

I get this one with a pre-recorded foghorn sound at the start. It’s so damn annoying, I want to strangle someone.


5 posted on 09/21/2012 4:12:55 PM PDT by JenB
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To: Livin_large

goofing on the person calling is somewhat fun if you have the time...I try to string the conversation out as long as I can. “Tell me again how you lower my interest rate?” “I don’t understand?”,”please explain?”, “what will my new rate be?”

Never, ever give them a credit card. But when they ask for it tell them it’s in the other room, and you have to go get it. Put phone down...come back in 2 min. Apologies, you got the wrong card, you need to go back and get the OTHER card and it will just take a few moments.....

I think my record is 13 min. of stringing them along.


6 posted on 09/21/2012 4:16:53 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
Rachel calls me daily. She says there is no problem with my card but I also qualify for lower rates.

nice girl that Rachel, but really persistent!

7 posted on 09/21/2012 4:18:02 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Jim from C-Town

She says that to you, too? I thought Rachel was mine.


8 posted on 09/21/2012 4:21:25 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Livin_large

“The agency said this month that it was mailing refund checks to more than 4,000 consumers nationwide who were caught up in a scam where the telemarketer used robocalls from names like “Heather from card services” to pitch worthless credit card rate reduction programs for an up-front fee. Checks to consumers range from $31 to $1,300 depending on how much was lost.”

What “agency”?


9 posted on 09/21/2012 4:24:03 PM PDT by Holly_P
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To: Pearls Before Swine

I got a call from ‘Rachel with credit services’. I went through the prompts and got a man on the phone. I explained we were on the do not call list and the guy kept trying to talk over me. Going back and forth, I kept talking, thinking he couldn’t hear me, he screamed.”I hope you get anally raped and get AIDS.”

I asked him if that was how he was conceived and he hung up.

They spoof their number and are virtually untraceable. I could watch the people behind this business splashing in a swimming pool with a plugged in toaster sitting precariously on the edge and not bat an eye.

I wrote about this earlier as I now have a Panasonic cordless phone that has a 100 phone block feature. I am able to block all of these calls. It is wonderful.


10 posted on 09/21/2012 4:24:10 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: Drango; All

Many years ago,before the time of cellphones and wireless I was at home with the flue.

I was upstairs in bed, and the phone just kept ringing and ringing.

Delirious, I stumbled down the stairs to get the phone and was met with a telemarketer.

After hearing some of her spew, I cut her off,said I was not interested and headed back to bed.

I was almost to the top of the stairs when the phone started again!

I turned around and went back down to answer it.
It was the same Gal! She called me back to tell me how rude I was!

This time I was not polite. I read her the riot act and hung up.

Then I collapsed in a puddle on the floor LOL

Damn Telemarketers!


11 posted on 09/21/2012 4:25:21 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Livin_large

Same here. I get them all the time. I love the new “do not disturb” with the iPhone IOS 6.0 operating system. I’ve even changed my number and it doesn’t stop them.


12 posted on 09/21/2012 4:25:56 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Pearls Before Swine; Jim from C-Town

You’re both wrong. I asked the guy if I could speak to Rachel, and he told me she wasn’t available. I told him I would only deal with her because I thought she was really hot.

He hung up on me. I guess she belongs to him.


13 posted on 09/21/2012 4:27:29 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Cowgirl of Justice
I am able to block all of these calls. It is wonderful.

My cellphone usually says something like "Restricted" or "Unavailable." Rachel is special. Some junk phoners I can call and request a removal from their list. When I try to call Rachel from my cell, the phone company usually can't complete the call. And, yes, I've hung on and spoken to the reps--when they figure I'm not a sucker and want off the list, they usually hang up immediately.

14 posted on 09/21/2012 4:29:17 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Need a picture of Rachel to see if she is guilty.


15 posted on 09/21/2012 4:31:40 PM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: Fresh Wind

Ask Rachel if she likes leather and fishnet stockings...*click*


16 posted on 09/21/2012 4:34:52 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine
I thought Rachel was mine.

Sorry...Rachel 'gets around', as they say...

17 posted on 09/21/2012 4:36:02 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?
Yup, she sure does, at the cost of $3,000 a year to the taxpayer. Here's her picture, by the way...


18 posted on 09/21/2012 4:44:54 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Alas Babylon!

ROTFLMAO!!!


19 posted on 09/21/2012 4:46:32 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Holly_P

The FTC.

They oversee and regulate all telemarketing.


20 posted on 09/21/2012 5:03:47 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
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To: Drango

I used to string them along like that, have them wait, then hand the phone to my toddler.


21 posted on 09/21/2012 5:06:07 PM PDT by annieokie (O)
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To: Livin_large

Get yourself a 20-consonant Polish name and phony SS and CC numbers. Play along. Ask them to spell the name back to you several times, correcting them each time. Do the same with the phony numbers. Keep them on the line as long as you can while they make minimum wage.

Make a contest of it. See who can eat up the most time.

Honestly, you’d think that they’d get tired of calling the same people day-in day-out and not getting a bite. But that’s why I’m not successful in business.


22 posted on 09/21/2012 5:08:55 PM PDT by Boojum
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To: Surrounded_too
Rachel:


23 posted on 09/21/2012 5:12:46 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Boojum

For the recording that says all agents are busy, please leave your name and number.... I have on a yellow postit, the name and phone number for the special agent in charge of the local FBI office.


24 posted on 09/21/2012 5:22:58 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango

“For the recording that says all agents are busy, please leave your name and number.... I have on a yellow postit, the name and phone number for the special agent in charge of the local FBI office.”

That’s a great idea. I just got a call from “Miss lower your interest rates” about 1 hour ago. I’m getting these calls just about every night at dinner time, and I’ve had it. Luckily, I have caller ID so usually I just don’t answer if I see an alien or toll free number, but tonite I made a mistake and reflexively picked up the phone. My bad. There she was, in all her glory, verbally striking once again with that tedious interest rate rap. I’m gunning for her now. I will let loose with my own verbiage next time, and she’s not going to appreciate it. Tit for tat, toots. Girl Scout motto, you had better be prepared.


25 posted on 09/21/2012 5:59:25 PM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: Emperor Palpatine

“The FTC.”

“They oversee and regulate all telemarketing”.

Should it be the responsibility of the F.T.C. (tax payers), to reimburse people who were scammed?


26 posted on 09/21/2012 6:01:15 PM PDT by Holly_P
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To: Holly_P
Should it be the responsibility of the F.T.C. (tax payers), to reimburse people who were scammed?

I agree with you, but the idea is the FTC was supposed to prevent this and didn't. Sucks you and I get to pay.

27 posted on 09/21/2012 7:03:18 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: Cyber Liberty

My landline number is one digit off from a Jewish deli not far from my home. I usually get one call per day, asking if we were open. I usually answer with my most theatrical Irish brogue. “ Sure an you’ve reached the rectory of St. Ambrose’s. Tthis is Monsignor McCarthy. How may I help you, my child?” We usually have a good laugh then I give them the correct number. One of these days I’m going to march into that deli and demand a full meal for all the business I’ve sent their way.


28 posted on 09/21/2012 8:20:58 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Those calls usually wake me up in the late morning...I got tired of even hearing their voice, you argue and they call a few days later, also robocall....I decided to not argue, and not hang up...let them go on and on after I throw the phone on the bed and go make myself some coffee...it cut down on some of the calls...let them waste their time talking with my bedspread...Hang up the phone about 1/2 hour later....


29 posted on 09/22/2012 12:58:02 AM PDT by goat granny
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