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  • Telemarketers probably don’t like Lenny

    11/04/2015 5:04:44 AM PST · by MD Expat in PA · 24 replies
    Tormenting Telemarketers ^ | May 21, 2015 | Unkkown
    The worst thing you can do to a Telemarketer is talk to them!Or so I thought. Maybe the worst thing you can do to a Telemarketer is let your robo talk to them. After all, they call you with their computers, so it’s only fair to let them talk to your computer. That’s where ‘Hello, This Is Lenny’ comes in. ‘Lenny’ is a set of scripts originally used on an Asterisk-based Voice-Over-IP system. You can transfer the call to the extension using these scripts, or have the dialplan automatically route to Lenny’s extension. Check out some of the You Tube...
  • "Hello, this is Lenny!" (humor)

    10/05/2015 10:05:55 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | Sept. 10, 2015 | Toao
    Lenny is not a real person. He's an autopilot computer program. Lenny is designed to give scam telemarketers vague - but plausible - responses to their questions.
  • Old Lady Gets Hilarious Revenge On Pesky Telemarketers

    08/16/2015 3:43:26 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 63 replies
    While no one likes to receive an unwanted sales call, its a pretty inevitable experience shared by many. For some unlucky folks, telemarketing calls are frequent and unrelenting, and its not uncommon to fall for financial scams. Sometimes, all we want is to give those callers a taste of their own medicine and the harmless yet revengeful conversation below just may be a route youd like to take. Its a story thats been circulating round the internet and delighting readers to no end. Here, we meet an old lady whos so fed up with telemarketers that she decides to...
  • Carol Everett Describes Abortion Counseling

    12/02/2014 3:13:00 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | April 26, 2013 | Sarah Terzo
    From former clinic worker and clinic director Carol Everett: It was always difficult to find and train telemarketers who could call themselves counselors while selling abortions. Were helping women, I had to remind them constantly. Those who didnt buy my pitch quickly left. I started to believe my own rhetoric. I had to be convincing in order to persuade my telephone counselors, but each time I met with Chuck, I was quickly snapped back to reality. We were in the business of making money, a lot of it. Carol Everett with Jack Shaw, Blood Money (Oregon: Multnomah Press Books, Questar...
  • Interesting phone call I just received

    08/23/2014 7:32:59 AM PDT · by The Working Man · 109 replies
    August 23, 2014 | Me
    I just received an interesting phone call from "Credit Card Services". It wasn't the call that was interesting it was that they used my OWN phone number as the identifying number on the Caller ID. I'm not sure where this falls in the "legality' scale but from my own point of view if this company can use my own phone number on the caller ID to identify themselves then they or anyone else can use it also to conduct business that is truly illegal. Try explaining to the authorities that you didn't order that kilogram of 'drugs' when your home...
  • Changes to make Wisconsin's Do Not Call list more user-friendly

    07/25/2014 10:18:12 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-25-14 | Rick Barrett
    Changes are coming to Wisconsin's Do Not Call Registry effective Aug. 1, the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Friday. Users will no longer be required to register their phone numbers every two years, and their numbers will be placed on the national list aimed at preventing unwanted telemarketing calls and text messages. Consumers can sign up once and not have to worry about whether their registrations lapse. Also, new registrations will be handled by the Federal Trade Commission's national Do Not Call list, and those registrations will become effective the following day rather than weeks later,...
  • I have to give up my privacy to get help from my Congresscritter!

    08/19/2013 7:50:41 PM PDT · by EinNYC · 11 replies
    Office of my Congresscritter | 08/19/13 | Me, Myself, and I
    I have been receiving unwanted telemarketing calls several times a day from the same lowlifes, wanting me to change my energy provider. After checking this number on the internet, I saw that many people had complained of such calls from the same number on several complaint boards. I am registered with the Do Not Call registry, so this was annoying me to no end. First I called my phone company, asking them to block the number of the telemarketer. No dice, they don't do that sort of thing. Then I called the Do Not Call folks, who referred me to...
  • Suing Telemarketers - Simple and Cheap [after they ignore your request to stop calling]

    10/29/2012 9:17:54 PM PDT · by grundle · 32 replies
    Please Note! As I have not had a chance to fully compile the list of every Small Claims Court in the United States yet, please visit this list until such time. If and when I get my list fully compiled, I shall be including a lot of extra data such as links to the applicable court rules and which courts allow the filing of claims online as mine does. Suing Telemarketers - Simple and Cheap When most people think about the process of suing a business entity, they naturally consider it a complicated and expensive process. They consider having to...
  • Complaints about automated calls up sharply [like "Credit Services"]

    09/16/2012 8:22:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | September 16, 2012
    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. "I am completely fed up," Madison said in an interview....
  • Heres the best method for handling a telemarketer

    08/04/2012 1:49:34 PM PDT · by grundle · 56 replies ^ | August 4, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Lots of YouTube videos claim to be the best way to handle a telemarketer but this one really does deserve that label. This is, by far, the best one that I have ever seen: Heres the best method for handling a telemarketer
  • Whos on the Line? Increasingly, Caller ID Is Duped

    11/30/2011 7:50:37 PM PST · by EveningStar · 48 replies
    The New York Times ^ | November 22, 2011 | Matt Richtel
    Caller ID has been celebrated as a defense against unwelcome phone pitches. But it is backfiring. Telemarketers increasingly are disguising their real identities and phone numbers to provoke people to pick up the phone.
  • Telmarketers at it again

    12/09/2009 11:02:28 AM PST · by Grumpybutt · 41 replies · 1,642+ views
    Just got a call (here at work) from a telemarketer with a private number concerning "our local and long distance telephone provider" - I hung up as I always do. The woman called back 3 minutes later and said the following: "Now your getting your services changed bitch!" and hung up.
  • Directory of unknown callers (check out identity of unwanted calls)

    11/04/2009 8:01:53 PM PST · by doug from upland · 20 replies · 1,788+ views
    THIS WEBSITE MIGHT BE HANDY IF YOU WANT TO CHECK OUT INFO ON UNWANTED CALLS --- put in a phone number and see if people have commented on it Did you get a call from a phone number you do not recognize? Type the number in the box below and click 'Get Details' to find out who is using that phone number. This reverse phone directory is FREE. After reading reports about the phone number left by other users, please leave your own comment.
  • A new calling for jailed criminals - telemarketing

    09/28/2009 7:45:38 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 20 replies · 906+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | September 28, 2009 | Joe Hildebrand
    CONVICTED criminals are being employed as telemarketers to cold-call people as part of a radical new prison employment program. But those called will have no idea they are talking to an inmate and the State Government will not say which organisations are using the convicts as part of a confidentiality deal. The program is designed to prepare women prisoners from Windsor's low and medium-security Dillwynia Correctional Centre for life on the outside, training them for work and stopping them from reoffending. However it is also being used as a low-cost way for companies to get cheap telemarketing work and for...
  • Phone rage leads to arrest here for Ohio man [got angry at telemarketer, charged with terrorism]

    07/21/2009 7:18:28 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 81 replies · 1,909+ views
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 2009-07-21 | Matthew Hathaway
    An Ohio man, fed up with deceptive junk mail, made the mistake of losing his temper while on the phone with a St. Louis company pitching an extended auto-service contract. Now he finds himself behind bars, where he is charged with making a terrorist threat. According to court documents, Charles W. Papenfus, 43, allegedly told a sales representative during a May 18 telephone call that he would burn down the building and kill the employees and their families. He was indicted for making a terrorist threat, a Class D felony; and he could be sentenced to up to four years...
  • Phone rage leads to arrest here for Ohio man

    07/21/2009 8:30:09 AM PDT · by kenth · 33 replies · 1,233+ views
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH ^ | Matthew Hathaway
    An Ohio man, fed up with deceptive junk mail, made the mistake of losing his temper while on the phone with a St. Louis company pitching an extended auto-service contract. Now he finds himself behind bars, where he is charged with making a terrorist threat.
  • "I'm unavailable."

    06/28/2009 11:26:40 AM PDT · by mft112345 · 6 replies · 910+ views
    Youtube ^ | June 28 | MT
    "I'm unavailable. Please don't leave a message. I'm unavailable. Please don't leave a message. Are there goals that I might aim for now If I knew just when I'd die and how? Would I put my appetites in check? Would I salvage anything I've wrecked? Would I focus on important things Or just take what inattention brings? Would I change the ways I think and feel About annoying things with which I deal? I'm unavailable. Please don't leave a message. I'm unavailable. Please don't leave a message." Click to watch video.
  • Judge Issues Restraining Order to Halt 'Robo-Calls' Selling Auto Warranties

    05/15/2009 6:54:08 PM PDT · by metmom · 114 replies · 2,271+ views ^ | Friday, May 15, 2009 | Associated Press
    A federal judge has issued a pair of temporary restraining orders to halt what officials describe as a wave of "robo-calls" warning people their auto warranties are expiring and offering new service plans. U.S. District Judge John F. Grady issued a temporary restraining order against Transcontinental Warranty Inc. on Thursday and one against Voice Touch Inc. on Friday. The Federal Trade Commission filed suit against the companies in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Thursday. Chairman Jon Leibowitz says the FTC "has disconnected the people responsible for so many of these annoying calls." Officials say Americans have gotten as many...
  • "Haters: Fight or Flight Response"

    02/20/2009 7:05:50 AM PST · by mft112345 · 6 replies · 535+ views
    To watch performance, click here. You're hanging out on Youtube when a hater comes your way. Starts to call you awful names says your mother made his day. So will you leap to take the bait, call him a dumb retard? What if he knows just where you live and you become his credit card? You're driving down the highway when he cuts into your lane Then blows the horn and flips you off. Your blood it boils your brain. Part of you wants to chase him down to have a closer talk. But, he might have a weapon and...
  • Are you kidding me? Really? (a vanity I hope you will enjoy as much as I did)

    02/03/2009 7:19:19 AM PST · by dware · 31 replies · 1,218+ views
    Self ^ | 02/03/2009 | dware
    It's 9 a.m. on my only day off this week. I've got a few things to take care of this afternoon, but for now, I was enjoying a little time on the couch. A documentary about the dust storms across the midwest in the 30's was playing on the History channel, providing a little background noise while I dozed a little. It was nice. But that all changed with a phone call. I knew I should have turned off the ringer when I hit the couch. I croaked a "figures-you-would-have-to-call-just-when-I-was-falling-asleep" hello? The voice on the other end belonged to a...
  • TeleTech set to hire 4,000 more (in the Philippines)

    12/11/2008 8:39:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies · 1,398+ views
    The Manila Standard ^ | December 11, 2008 | Joyce Pangco Paares
    COLORADO-BASED outsourcing company TeleTech will expand its operations in the Philippines next year, opening two more call centers and hiring 4,000 new employees. We are on track to hit our growth target of 25,000 employees as we will be opening at least two more delivery centers in 2009, TeleTech senior vice president and general manager for Asia Maulik Parekh told President Arroyo during their meeting in Cavite Wednesday. Mrs. Arroyo led the opening of the state-of-the-art, 8,500-square-meter Bacoor delivery center of TeleTech, the worlds largest customer relations manager, two days ago. Parekh said that since TeleTech started operating in the...
  • Campaign Robocalls Anger Some Iowa Voters

    10/17/2008 11:57:30 AM PDT · by steve-b · 28 replies · 1,134+ views
    KCCI ^ | 10/17/08
    Some central Iowa voters said a voicemail message on behalf of Sen. John McCain's presidential campaign has gone too far. The automated messages, also known as robocalls, have been ringing phones in Iowa homes since the last presidential debate. The message talks about a relationship between Sen. Barack Obama and '60s radical Bill Ayers.... "It was vicious," said independent voter Marilyn Greene. "It was a hateful, vicious message." She said there's too much on the line in this election for candidates to stoop to this level. "Stick to the issues," she said. "What can you do? What are you looking...
  • Fake Debt Collectors Terrify Consumers

    08/22/2008 12:08:12 PM PDT · by big black dog · 25 replies · 864+ views
    abcnews ^ | ALICE GOMSTYN
    Scammers masquerading as debt collectors and law enforcement officials have terrified consumers with threatening phone calls and bilked them out of thousands of dollars, officials with the West Virginia Attorney General's Office say. Prosecutors said that the scammers, who speak with heavy foreign accents, are known for repeatedly calling people at home and at work and threatening them with arrest if they don't repay supposed debts -- debts that, according to West Virginia officials, don't actually exist. The scammers operate under names such as U.S. National Bank, Federal Investigation Bureau and United Legal Processing, said West Virginia Assistant Attorney General...
  • Need Freeper Smarts Against Telemarketers.

    08/15/2008 9:54:01 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 105 replies · 779+ views
    Starting two days ago telemarketers began to call my cell phone. They're calling from the number 909-842-9166 and 901-842-9167 They're also calling from Unknown numbers sometimes. If I answer they'll tell me I've won a free gas card or something. They're calling about ten times a day. When I ask them to stop calling (it's usually an Indian person) The woman laughed and goes "No no. Haha. We call again. Bye bye." I looked this up on the internet and it appears that a telemarketing company is paying another company to disguise it's number. I called Sprint and sprint says...
  • How to handle a telemarketer

    12/01/2007 6:54:04 AM PST · by BnBlFlag · 37 replies · 39+ views ^ | unknown | Tom May One of the most hilarious Audios I've ever heard! From a guy who gets a kick out of turning the tables on annoying telemarketers.
  • Registry doesn't stop all telemarketers, so some citizens fight back

    06/08/2007 7:45:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 32 replies · 1,966+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 6/8/7 | Luke Stangel
    Paul Burnett enjoyed four years with almost no calls from telemarketers. That is, until Saturday. The 64-year-old Alameda man is among more than 100 million Americans registered with the National Do Not Call Registry, which bans most telemarketing calls to people on the list. The automated message Saturday sounded liked it was from a local carpet cleaning company. When Burnett tried to call the company back, the phone number wouldn't accept incoming calls. Instead of shrugging it off as a minor annoyance, he filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and posted the company's phone number on, a...
  • How to Handle a Telemarketer

    12/10/2006 2:52:23 PM PST · by Howlin · 67 replies · 1,351+ views
    Email | December 10, 2007
    Turn your speakers on and click HERE
  • DirecTV Fined For Do-Not-Call Violations (About Time)

    12/13/2005 9:53:55 AM PST · by TCats · 24 replies · 808+ views
    MSNBC/AP ^ | 12/13/2005 | AP
    Firm to pay $5.35 million in FTC's largest civil penalty protecting consumers. Updated: 11:46 a.m. ET Dec. 13, 2005 WASHINGTON - DirecTV Inc. will pay $5.35 million to settle charges that its telemarketers called households listed on the national do-not-call registry to pitch satellite TV programming, Federal Trade Commission officials said Tuesday. The proposed settlement, if approved by a federal judge in Los Angeles, would be the FTCs largest civil penalty in a consumer protection case. The DirecTV complaint, filed by the Department of Justice at the FTCs request, named the company and five telemarketing firms it hired, as well...
  • (Vanity) PhoneHassle; or, To Serve Man

    08/07/2005 9:56:54 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 5 replies · 1,310+ views
    grey_whiskers | 08-07-05 | grey_whiskers
    Recently, I had an end-of-day conversation with my wife concerning how her day had gone. She explained that she had spent an infuriating hour on the phone with an (unnamed here) telephone company, trying to get information out of them about a new promotional rate for long-distance calling. It was like pulling teeth. My wife had initially called the (toll free for your convenience) number from the TV screen, and was first confronted with a maze of bewildering and contradictory instructions. ("Child-proof messaging," she called it.) When she finally did reach a human at the other end, the operator was...
  • Banks Attack Indiana Do Not Call Law

    02/23/2005 3:53:29 PM PST · by cicero's_son · 9 replies · 756+ views
    Evansville Courier Press ^ | February 23, 2005 | Bill Medley
    'The law is now under assault' Steve Carter brings his no-call fight to Evansville By BILL MEDLEY Courier & Press staff writer 464-7519 or February 23, 2005 Indiana Attorney General Steve Carter on Tuesday said several more Indiana banks should withdraw their support for a proposed change to the state's no-call law. During a brief stop in Evansville, Carter asked bank customers to call banks that belong to the Consumer Bankers Association to oppose a petition he says will weaken consumer privacy. "The law is now under assault," Carter said at a press conference at Tri-State Aero. "What they're...
  • Is the do-not-call list still effective?

    02/21/2005 4:52:30 PM PST · by lesko · 7 replies · 360+ views
    February 21, 2005 | lesko
    Does the national do-not-call list still exist?

    01/27/2005 7:29:01 AM PST · by FreeMarket1 · 5 replies · 421+ views ^ | Jan 27, 2005 | by Chris Mack
    FTC WARNED INVESTORS OFF HUGE DOLLAR GAINS/TAKE 3Jan 27, 2005 - FreeMarketNews.comby Chris MackWashingtons regulators are supposed to stand up for the little guy. Maybe they also help the little guy stay that way. In the last decade, under the pretense of protecting people from losing their shirts, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released warnings about indium and other strategic metal investing scams. Some of these warnings havent been updated since - and in any event they are all over the Net. Anyone with a computer and Google can type in fraud and indium and come up with the following:...
  • Privacy Could Hamper Cell Phone Directory

    06/21/2004 8:38:02 AM PDT · by NotQuiteCricket · 9 replies · 741+ views ^ | June 18, 2004 | May Wong
    MENLO PARK, Calif. - Consumers' passion for privacy in California and other Western states could signal an uphill battle for the proponents of a national cell phone directory. Already, slightly more than a third of Americans nationwide have unlisted home numbers, but in California, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon and Washington, about half the people choose not be listed in phone directories. They pay as much as $2.66 a month to keep their home numbers private. The wireless industry, meantime, has promised it will submit to the 411 directory the mobile phone numbers of only those customers who grant their carriers permission...
  • Telemarketers scrambling in a do-not-call world

    12/03/2003 3:11:02 PM PST · by yonif · 34 replies · 351+ views
    Baltimore Business Journal ^ | 12/1/2003 | Julekha Dash
    One year ago, Deborah Williams was making cold calls to people's homes trying to sell her services as a certified financial planner at Ferris, Baker Watts Inc. But if Williams, now at Legg Mason Inc., were starting from scratch in an attempt to grow her client base today, there would be 54 million homes she couldn't call -- or be faced with fines of up to $11,000 for each unwanted solicitation. "It just makes you rely on referrals a lot more," Williams said. She said the penalties also force financial advisors to get creative with marketing your financial services, such...
  • Telemarketers' Next Target: Cell Phones

    10/14/2003 5:35:27 AM PDT · by RogueIsland · 9 replies · 179+ views ^ | Oct 10, 2003
    <p>Ben Swinburn, a resident of San Francisco, answered his phone 18 months ago to hear a recorded ad for a casino outfit that operates in Las Vegas and elsewhere. He hung up, but the casino hasn't taken the hint: It has been leaving messages for Swinburn at least once a month ever since.</p>
  • Has anyone heard of "The Republican Issues Group?"

    10/11/2003 10:25:31 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 339+ views
    10/11/03 | self
    Okay . . . I may have just blown it, but have any of you ever heard of the Republican Issues Group? I can't find anything about them on the web. A telemarketing black dude just called me here at home in California and asked me if I supported President Bush. When I said I did, he tried to get me to commit to a $75-$100 donation. When I told him I'd be glad to look over his literature and maybe make a contribution if his group checked out, he then tried to get me to commit to a $20-$25...
  • Editorial

    10/09/2003 3:16:51 PM PDT · by blindandannoyed · 8 replies · 238+ views
    personal view | 10-09-2003 | blindandannoyed
    This is simply my personal view after having reviewed the many comments regarding the "No-Call" List. Each memeber who sighned up obviously were stating that they were tired of phone solicitation. After all they pay their telephone service for their use not for the use of others sto annoy them with their solocitaiton regardless of the time of day. I am blind and I pay to have my number blocked and removed from various list and I find that it is an unfair practictice that I am still bothered by charity solicitations in additon to politicians. I will leave with...
  • CNN's Tucker Carlson Angry Over Phone Flap (World's Tiniest Violin Alert)

    10/03/2003 1:38:13 PM PDT · by Texas Chrystal · 39 replies · 367+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/29/03 | Associated Press
    CNN's Tucker Carlson Angry Over Phone Flap Mon Sep 29,10:54 AM ET Add Strange News - AP to My Yahoo! WASHINGTON - Conservative CNN commentator Tucker Carlson's snide humor backfired on him and his wife. While defending telemarketers during a segment on "Crossfire" last week, the bow-tied co-host was asked for his home phone number. Carlson gave out a number, but it was for the Washington bureau of Fox News, CNN's bitter rival.
  • Dave Barry: Call me what you want, but don't call me at dinnertime

    09/26/2003 2:44:40 PM PDT · by hotpotato · 3 replies · 268+ views
    Sacbee ^ | 8-31-03 | Dave Barry
    <p>There's just over a year to go before the 2004 presidential election, and everybody in the nation is extremely excited. Except of course the public. The public, shrewdly, pays no attention to presidential politics until all of the peripheral dorks have been weeded out, and it's finally time to make a selection between the two main dorks left over.</p>
  • Second Judge Blocks 'No-Call' List

    09/25/2003 4:24:59 PM PDT · by hotpotato · 26 replies · 213+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9-25-03 | Reuters
    DENVER (Reuters) - A second federal judge has blocked a national "do not call" list that would have allowed consumers to stop unwanted sales calls. Photo Reuters Photo AFP Photo AFP Slideshow Slideshow: National 'Do Not Call' List However, Thursday's decision was based on telemarketers' free speech rights rather than questions over whether the Federal Trade Commission had the authority to implement such a list. U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham in Denver said "the Federal Trade Commission has chosen to entangle itself too much in the consumers' decision by manipulating consumer choice and favoring speech by charitable (organizations) over commercial...
  • DIRECT MARKETING ASSOCIATION - Contact info - Let them know how much you appreciate their work

    09/24/2003 11:38:12 AM PDT · by Chancellor Palpatine · 65 replies · 1,734+ views
    Headquarters 1120 Avenue of the Americas New York, NY 10036-6700 Telephone: 212.768.7277 Fax: 212.302.6714 Washington D. C. Office 1111 19th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036-3603 Telephone: 202.955.5030 Fax: 202.955.0085 Check link for email and phone numbers of various departments, all of which are listed.
  • Court Rules Against Do-Not-Call Registry

    09/24/2003 10:13:07 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 43 replies · 1,098+ views
    AP to My Yahoo! ^ | 9/24/03 | By JENNIFER L. BROWN, Associated Press Writer
    OKLAHOMA CITY - A federal judge has ruled that the Federal Trade Commission overstepped its authority in creating the national "do-not-call" list against telemarketers. The ruling Tuesday came in a lawsuit brought by telemarketers who challenged the list of 50 million people who said they do not want to receive business solicitation calls. The list was to go into effect Oct. 1. U.S. District Judge Lee R. West said the main issue in the case was "whether the FTC had the authority to promulgate a national do-not-call registry. The court finds it did not." House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman...
  • Telemarketers using contests to get around no-call registry

    08/18/2003 2:07:31 AM PDT · by sarcasm · 1 replies · 166+ views
    Denver Post ^ | August 18, 2003 | Vicky Lio
    Cases where telemarketers have tricked consumers into giving their phone numbers by filling out sweepstakes or contest cards have popped up nationwide since the national no-call list was established. But the Colorado attorney general's office said it is not yet a problem statewide."We've heard that Boulder and Pitkin counties have received complaints, but so far, we haven't," said Ken Lane, spokesman for the attorney general's office.Colorado has had a no-call list for more than a year. The national list will take effect in October, which has companies that make money selling goods and services over the telephone rushing to find...
  • Telemarketers on the ropes

    08/11/2003 8:33:31 PM PDT · by xrp · 299 replies · 881+ views
    CINCINNATI BUSINESS COURIER ^ | 8/11/2003 | Lance Williams
    Popular do-not-call list bringing industry to its kneesAug. 11 In the past three months, the hallways at Groesbeck-based Tel-A-Sell Marketing Inc. have become a lot less crowded. CEO Edd OConnor has been forced to trim his telemarketing staff from 72 to 18. I WAS RUNNING a full house earlier this year, said OConnor, who also serves as president of the American Teleservices Associations Great Lakes Chapter, which covers Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan. One of the big reason for the cuts: the chilling effects of the National Do Not Call Registry and other similar efforts in statehouses across the...
  • Do Not Call List (Scam to get around it)

    08/05/2003 4:59:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 181+ views
    This is to all who signed up for the "do not call" law. This week I received a card in the mail that looked all right. It said "vote for your favorite cola--Pepsi or Coke--and receive a complementary 12 pack." It didn't look suspicious, but for some reason I kept looking at it. THEN I found it!! At the bottom of the card there was a VERY small statement. It was SO small it was hard to read--but here is what it said: "By completing this form, you agree that sponsors and co-sponsors of this offer may telephone you, even...
  • Telemarketers Sue Over Do-Not-Call List

    07/28/2003 3:10:30 PM PDT · by El Conservador · 16 replies · 279+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 28, 2003 | DAVID HO
    WASHINGTON - Telemarketers expanded their legal challenge to the government's do-not-call list, suing a second federal agency over the call-blocking service for consumers that the industry says will devastate business and cost up to two million jobs. The free government registry for blocking telephone sales pitches has grown to more than 28 million numbers since it was opened June 27, according to the Federal Trade Commission, which operates the service. The FTC has predicted registration to grow to 60 million numbers by next summer. The American Teleservices Association, an industry group that sued the FTC in January to stop the...
  • My happy bear calls telemarketers' bluff

    07/14/2003 10:29:11 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 22 replies · 253+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | July 13, 2003 | Gary Dunford
    Never knew plush toys could be so handy SPEAK UP, SQUEAKY: When visitors to my home spot the half dozen cute stuffed animals gathered about the telephone on my desk, they often scowl and ask: "Do you have children, Dunf?" "No," I assure them. "I have telemarketers." Each fuzzy desk toy has a voice chip buried in its belly, eager to chat with pitchmen who dodge the automatic answering machine. You know those nights you expect a call and actually pick up the phone? When I hear the tell-tale pause that means the call's coming from a vast commercial phone...
  • No. No-no-no. NO!

    07/08/2003 6:27:00 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 9 replies · 205+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7/8/03 | Leonard Pitts, Jr.
    Let us consider the word no. It's an easily defined term used, according to my dictionary, ''to express refusal, denial, disbelief, emphasis or disagreement.'' Acceptable substitutes include ''No way,'' ''Not a chance,'' ''Not interested,'' Not going to happen.'' There is nothing difficult about no. It is capable of being understood by human beings of all stripes: police officers, insurance agents, construction workers, dog groomers, physical therapists, circus clowns. Everybody in the world except, apparently, telemarketers. ..
  • After 14 Hours, Do-Not-Call Has 635,000

    06/27/2003 1:29:02 PM PDT · by yonif · 51 replies · 246+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/27/2003 | DAVID HO, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON - The public's simmering frustration with telemarketers erupted Friday as people hurried to sign up for a new national do-not-call list, registering about 635,000 telephone numbers in the program's first 14 hours. Registration opened just after midnight. As of noon Friday, the program's Web site was being visited 1,000 times every second, according to the Federal Trade Commission, which operates the registry. "Unwanted telemarketing calls are intrusive, they are annoying, and they're all too common," said President Bush (news - web sites), who formally launched the list at a White House ceremony. "We're taking practical action to address this...
  • Pres. Bush signs do not call registry & how to stop annoying calls for free.

    03/12/2003 11:19:56 AM PST · by 1stFreedom · 12 replies · 472+ views
    Folks, While this may seem like a duplicate thread, it's not. The President signed this legislation. That's great Political news. However, until the registry is actually put into place, you do have options. The best option is to record the phone company's DISCONNECT TONE (available freely on the internet) at the beginning of your message. (Don't spend $$ on the telezapper which essentially does the same thing). The predictive autodialers that telemarketers respond to this tone by ending the call and deleting you from the database. So, until the do not call registry is activated, this will help you get...