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Unwanted Telephone
Marketing Calls

Telephone Harassment
by Vaughn Aubuchon

Telemarketer Invasion of Privacy -
US citizens are now PREY.

The predator is The Direct Marketing Association. The enabler is Congress, and the Inactive FCC and FTC.

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0. NEW! The DNC list is the SOURCE for telemarketers!

1.
Tips to Handle Obnoxious Telemarketers

2.
Why the FCC Is Poor At Stopping Illegal Phone Calls

3.
Proposed Legal Action

4.
Telemarketer List - Who Are They?

5.
Google Phone Abuse List

6.
Other ATT Problems

2009 Unwanted Phone Call Logs (off-page)
2010 Unwanted Phone Call Logs (off-page)
2011 Unwanted Phone Call Logs (off-page)
2012 Unwanted Phone Call Logs (off-page)

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On Dec. 4, 2008, I registered with the Federal "Do Not Call" list.
On Jan. 4, 2009, my "Do Not Call" number went into effect.
However, I now receive even more illegal SPAM phone calls. Below, I list the info for all my unwanted calls, since the "Do Not Call" list is not viable.


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0. The DNC List
IS THE SOURCE

I have now read this story several times, from different sources.
A woman had 2 phones - phone#1 and phone #2.
Phone #1 always had robocallers - it was on the DNC list.
Phone #2 was free from robocallers, but she wanted to "protect it" as well.
So, she added it to the DNC list.
Shortly thereafter, the robocalls started pouring in, and have not stopped since.
WHAT IS YOUR CONCLUSION???

Not only does the DNC list NOT WORK,
it is used as a WEAPON AGAINST YOU.

You can thank your lobbyist teat-sucking government.

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1. Tips to Handle
Obnoxious Telemarketers

1.

SCREEN ALL CALLS
Never answer your phone. Screen ALL calls using a phone answering machine.
Pick up ONLY if you know the person. NEVER pick up if you don't recognize the caller ID.
Never pick up, if there is NO caller ID.
ALL LEGITIMATE CALLERS WILL LEAVE A MESSAGE!
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NEW - SET YOUR NUMBER OF RINGS TO 6 OR MORE
For years, I had my "Number of Rings" parameter set to 4, because it seemed reasonable.
Recently, I changed it to 6. What a difference!
1. Many robocalls are set to hang up after either 5 or 6 rings. GONE! AUTOMATICALLY!
2. By not answering sooner, you are tying up their resources for a little longer. A BIG PLUS!
We need to stick it to them in EVERY WAY POSSIBLE!
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REGISTRATION
Register your phone number on the
Federal "Do Not Call" list. It is fast, easy, and free.
After 30 days, you can
File a Complaint against the offenders with the U.S. Government. TAKE CHARGE! Be aggressive. They don't do anything, but it still provides a modicum of satisfaction. And, who knows, after they get 10,375,000 complaints for a single number, they might do something. But don't count on it.
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RESPONSE - IF you decide to answer your phone, there are 3 primary approaches -

1. HANG UP - To avoid phone calls from autodialers, be ready to hang up immediately. When you pick up and say hello, a human on the phone will usually answer immediately. If no one answers within 2 SECONDS, immediately HANG UP! It is an autodialer phone call.
If you continue to say "Hello?, Hello?", then you are giving the autodialer caller enough time to respond to the computer, and start harassing you. Be QUICK on the TRIGGER! Dump the fast-buck artist ASAP.

2. SCREAM - Yell at the top of your lungs into the phone - then hang up. I prefer this method. It will result in further harassment, but I still like it best, because I get a feeling of satisfaction, which I otherwise don't get. Help them realize what an obnoxious annoyance they really are. Others prefer to use an air horn, or personal alarm placed against the mouthpiece. Telephone frequency response is centered at 400 CPS, so a loud audio source at this frequency produces the loudest noise at the other end.

3. ENGAGE - On the other hand, if you are aggressive about filing a complaint, you may want to engage the caller, to find out as much information as possible.
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5.

REVEAL NOTHING
NEVER give ANY personal information over the phone - this is NOT the way any legitimate company does business.
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6.

EDUCATION
Arm yourself with knowledge. Read
16 Ways You Can Be Phone Scammed.
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REPORT THEM
There are many online sites that list the numbers of unwanted callers, plus comments. Here are a few -

http://www.callercomplaints.com/ - inaccurate complaint count, can't see your post (HUH?)

https://800notes.com/ - excellent, great user interface, can see your post immediately

https://whocallsme.com/ - excellent, great user interface, can see your post immediately

https://whocalled.us - can see your post immediately, must use short name

Not only can you add your information, but you can see the comments from others who have also been harassed by the same number. These people add various information that you may be able to use.




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2. Why the FCC Is Utterly Useless
at Stopping Illegal Phone SPAM

According to the
FCC complaint page, it says, and I quote -

"Your complaint, at a minimum, should indicate:"

What is wrong with the FCC's requests,
on their "Spoof Report" page?

"* your name, address, e-mail address, and phone number where you can be reached;"

This is the ONE REQUEST that I can do! The 6 other requests are BOGUS!

"* the names and phone numbers of any companies involved with your complaint;"

The names of the companies and numbers are HIDING behind "Caller ID Spoofing".
How can someone report nothing?

"* the type of service that you are complaining about;"

When the caller hangs up, or uses "Caller ID Spoofing",
It is impossible to state "the type of service".

"* the telephone number or account number for any service you are complaining about;"

Account number is NOT THE PROBLEM !!! And they don't use their actual telephone number - they spoof another number.
It is impossible to state their telephone number.

"* the date of any bill you are complaining about, the amount of the disputed charges, and the amount of any refund you have received;"

Bill complaints are NOT THE PROBLEM !!!
Hello FCC? Anybody home?

"* a brief description of the event or action you are complaining about; and"

How about
Illegal, UNIDENTIFIABLE "Do Not Call List" phone call? ALWAYS!!!

"* the resolution you are seeking, such as a credit or refund or a clearer explanation of the charge(s)."

Bill resolution is NOT THE PROBLEM !!!
Hello FCC? Anybody home?

All the requests above are from the OFFICIAL FCC ID SPOOFING page. And yet, they IGNORE the fact that all the calls are BEING SPOOFED! HELLO? HELLO? HELLO?

The talk about "account number","disputed charges", and "credit or refund" are ALL red herrings. These aren't bill collectors. They are out-of-control telemarketers, who completely disregard the "Do Not Call List" law.

Just how naive can the FCC possibly be? THEY AREN'T! They are just subject to the same lobbyist's payoffs that the Congressmen are. NO RESOLUTION FOR YOU! You are just a person who doesn't matter, a human prey. You do not pay them off, like the corporations do.

It is "Open Season" on all U.S. citizens.

Lip Service - That's all you will get from the FCC.
They must like the bribe (PAC) money too much.




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3. Proposed Legal Action -
    Write Your Congressman

Unlimited telemarketing assaults are unconstitutional.
Our Constitutional guarantee to individual "domestic tranquility" is being violated daily.

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1.

CALLER ID BLOCKING MUST BE OUTLAWED BY CONGRESS.
Why should anyone that calls be able to block their identity - "Private Caller".
This is pure BS from the Direct Marketing Association
lobbyists, which allows predatory telemarketers, and others of ill intent, to DENY YOU THE KNOWLEDGE of who they are. This enables them to harass you at will, without you even being able to find out who they are. UNCONSCIONABLE! US citizens are now PREY.

The ability of these callers to block their identity gives the GREEN LIGHT to all sorts of criminals, idiots, jerks, phishers and scammers. Privacy for the CALLER? BULLSPIT! What about YOUR PRIVACY?

The lobbyists have turned logic upside down.
They legislate privacy for the ATTACKER, and no access for the VICTIMS.
If you want to call someone, then you should BE REQUIRED to identify yourself.
Otherwise, you are an AMBUSHER with ill intent.

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AUTODIALERS MUST BE OUTLAWED BY CONGRESS.
Autodialers drive us all crazy, and they have NO LEGITIMATE use.
Other than to torture everyone who has a telephone, just so a few obnoxious predators can make a few bucks. US citizens are now PREY.

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CALLER ID SPOOFING MUST BE OUTLAWED BY CONGRESS.
WHAT GOOD IS A REPORTING SYSTEM WHEN THERE IS NOTHING TO REPORT?
Why should telemarketers be able to endlessly attack us, and hide behind FAKE caller IDs? US citizens are now PREY. Congress allows it to happen, because the unregulated salesmen at the "Direct Marketing Association" have lobbyists who pay millions of bribe dollars to congressmen for the privilege ("political action").
Here are some companies that provide illegal "Caller ID spoofing", rendering the Do Not Call List" useless -
https://www.google.com/search?q=caller+id+spoofing
So, the next time you read another person's comment like "Just pay your bill", you should realize that the commenter doesn't know anything about "Caller ID Spoofing"!
Scammers Spoofing Caller ID Info

BECAUSE OF CALLER ID SPOOFING, YOU CAN'T EVEN FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE FEDS, BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHO IS HARASSING YOU. Great system, eh? Give your senator a kiss.
Here is the government FCC web page on Caller ID and Spoofing.

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SELLING PRIVATE INFO MUST BE OUTLAWED BY CONGRESS.
Americans should not be treated as prey by American Corporations.

Experian Telemarketing Ad

Telemarketers buy their data from entities that should NOT be selling it. Did you know that the top 3 credit reporting agencies sell your private data to the vultures? Check out the Experian ad above. B2C above stands for B@stards to Consumers. How do you feel about that? THIS SHOULD BE ILLEGAL. In America, everything is for sale. You are just PREY.

Who else sells your private data to telemarketers?
Comcast,

Dept. of Motor Vehicles,

Equifax,

Experian,

Transunion, etc. Everyone who CAN sell your data, IS selling your data. Give your senator another kiss.

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HOBBLE THE RUN-AMOK DIRECT MARKETING ASSOCIATION.
Complain to your congressman. Tell them you are sick of being MARKETING PREY.
Tell them you are sick of all the obnoxious phone calls. HARASS THEM BACK - Ways To Harass Telemarketers. Do everything you can to screw them up, and waste their time. After all, that is what they are doing to you!




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4. Who Are The
Telemarketers?

So, who are the sleazy, fast-buck opportunists that have been calling you?
It's hard to know, when they use Caller ID Spoofing.

Their headquarters organization is the PACE Association.
Give them a call at (317) 816-9336 - tell them how you feel.

Here is a list of some telemarketers found on the Internet.
Also, here is a list of some online telemarketing pigeon lists, and Caller ID spoofing companies,
that you can use to wreak mayhem upon the unsuspecting and undeserving.

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Non-www
Outbound Telemarketing companies

Phone

Telemarketer Name

800-411-5777

866-432-0667

866-661-2255

877-386-6275

843-222-0700

800-243-8329

480-907-2463

866-611-7667

answernet.com/outbound-center.asp

callcenterscomparison.com

corpocall.com

dunlapmarketing.com/telemarketing/

ourinsight.com/teleservices.html

phonewareinc.com/solutions.asp

qualifiedleads.com/telemarketing.html

we-use-american-operators-only.com

Phone

Telemarketing Pigeon Lists

800-457-2899

800-241-7425

800-771-3282

888-808-8242

402-334-1824

561-305-1487

866-692-1534

877-431-0032

www.amerilist.com/

www.caldwell-list.com/telemarketing-lists.html

https://www.datamangroup.com/

Experian

www.goleads.com/

leadprodatasystems.com/

www.mailing-lists-direct.com/telemarketing-list/

www.tlclists.com (gone)

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Caller ID Spoofing Companies

http://123spoof.com/

http://www.spoofcard.com/

https://www.itellas.com/

www.phonecalleridspoofing.com/

http://www.phonegangster.com/
https://www.spoofcard.com

www.stealthrecordercard.com/

www.telespoof.com/ (gone)

www.telemarketingcity.com (gone)

www
Outbound Telemarketing Companies

Phone

Telemarketer Name

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866-938-5840

866-502-2676

800-932-6793

800-457-1181

800-472-3637

866-432-0667

www.4moreappointments.com/node/7

www.acornmg.com

www.advanteltelemarketing.com

www.agrgroupinc.com

www.businessbeanstalk.com/

www.callcenterscomparison.com

248-583-8070

877-242-4276

800-551-0567

800-711-5478

866-295-8116

www.custserv.us

www.dannagroup.us

www.econtactlive.com

www.findmorebuyers.com/page.cfm/35

www.generationdirect.com

888-212-7106

866-808-7366

602-943-7111

800-630-6380

866-437-1529

800-555-1212

www.homeytel.com

www.intelesure.com

www.intelemark.com

www.livephoneleads.com

www.newfieldtelemarketing.com

http://www.newisolutions.com/

813-882-3072

800-819-9320

866-635-6407

888-229-7046

480-907-2463

www.onetouchdirect.com

www.phonemanusa.com

www.professionalprospecting.com

www.qcssinc.com

qualifiedleads.com/telemarketing.html

402-210-2692

800-720-7139

800-905-9140

800-551-0567

800-834-7370

www.qualitycontactsolutions.com

www.rentatelemarketer.net

www.sigmavoice.com

www.targetyourmarket.com/

www.team-access.com

330-825-2407

866-338-0678

888-287-6770

866-763-8826

866-611-7667

www.telemarketingconsultant.com

www.touchstar.com

www.transferguru.com

www.vanillasoft.com

www.voicelogic.com/

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5. Google Survey of
Telephone Abuse

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Here are a few terms searched on Google, to indicate the level of concern and dissatisfaction experienced by telephone customers.

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Results

Search Term

365,000
351,000
328,000
226,000

165,000
148,000
124,000
90,100
85,300
72,600
69,500
68,900
56,700
51,800

phone fraud
harassing phone calls
unknown callers
telemarketing calls

telephone surveyor
phone scam
telemarketing fraud
phone spam
annoying phone calls
telephone harassment
telephone solicitation
unwanted phone calls
no caller ID
telephone fraud

40,500
26,800
24,700
19,100
18,400
6,590
5,040
3,820
2,310
1,830
955
505
65
8

caller complaints
collection phone calls
phone solicitation
telemarketing scum
telemarketing scam
spam phone calls
junk phone calls
telephone spam
telemarketing spam
crap phone calls
phishing phone calls
deceptive phone calls
bastard phone calls
identity theft phone calls

TCPA - Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991
CPTA - Consumer Protection Telemarketing Act 1993
Sarbanes-Oxley Act 2002




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6. Other A.T.&T. Problems

1.

AT&T sells your phone number to telemarketers. As soon as your new number starts working, the SPAM phone calls start pouring in. Your new phone number can be purchased at New Connects Data (link now hidden), and other places.

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Curtis
AT&T does not "age" old phone numbers before they give them to you. Consequently, you can receive hundreds of phone calls for the last person who had the number - in my case, it was "Curtis Smith" (not really Smith). Over and over again. I AM NOT CURTIS. Because Curtis has piffed off so many people, I have to suffer all of his bill-collector "retaliation calls", even though I am NOT him! Thanks, AT&T. You are a true gem.

Many of the Curtis bill collectors prefer not to believe me. They therefore decide to torture me, anyway, using hang-up calls, dead-line calls, heavy-breathing calls, etc.

3.

ACR from ATT - "Anonymous Call Rejection" - WORTHLESS
From A.T.&T. - "Anonymous Call Rejection is available with Caller ID and may not be available in all areas. (Note: Caller ID is required for Anonymous Call Rejection.) Anonymous Call Rejection won't block calls that are outside your local service area, "Out of Area," or "Unavailable." As in, "most of the calls above." So, what the heck is the point? Pure BS. Worthless.

4.

The AT&T "phone tree from hell" is extremely frustrating, because it takes forever to get a human. AT&T uses a computer to funnel you into a preconceived "cubbyhole", to avoid speaking with you. AT&T feels that THEIR time is valuable, and YOUR time is worth nothing. It is not difficult to understand why AT&T is hated so much.

We broke them up once. Because of George Bush deregulation, we need to break them up again.

5.

How bad is AT&T, really? They rank #2 for U.S. most-hated companies with the most complaints, second only to Paypal.



DISCLAIMER
The opinions above are those of the author alone, and no one else.
I found all the public company information and Phone Numbers above by using Google search.
Although the author has tried to be as accurate as possible, errors are possible.
I receive far too many unwanted phone calls. So, I made this online unwanted call log, to tell everyone about who the worst offenders are, from my perspective.

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