Telephone Solicitors blog postings

Telephone Solicitors Postings

Earliest: December 8, 2008Latest: February 18, 2018Total: 12

February 18, 2018

American Home Security System

Representatives from American Home Security System have been calling my house a lot lately. They are trying to sell a Home Security service where the installation is free. They are cold calling from phone numbers that are commonly used for spoofing.

In my situation they were calling from (978) 877-5164 which is own by Level 3 Communications, LLC - MA and is designated as being used for Wireless Telephones. There is no business number registered to this number - which is odd for a company that is trying to sell me something.


There isn't that much information available about this company. So it's very questionable if this company is legitimate. If you do get a call from them, be careful of what information you disclosed to them as they could be checking to see if your house has an alarm system

Five Questions to Ask

Some good questions to ask American Home Security System about their "free" offer:

  • What are the Contact Terms for American Home Security System?
  • What happens if I sell the house?
  • Often Pets can cause interference with the motion detection system, what is American Home Security strategy around that?
  • How do I know that what your offering is enough to protect my home?
  • Will there be any yearly maintenance required ( Battery replacement?)

On my call they told me that they have a Smart Phone App, but I wasn't able to find one when I searched for "American Home Security." If you do talk to them, can you find out what's the name of the Smart Phone app? There doesn't appear to be anything listed under the American Home Security System.

October 29, 2017

$10,000 or more every 2 weeks

Have you ever gotten one of those "$10,000 or more every 2 weeks" phone calls.

If they are bothering you, you should definitely return the favor. Next time you get the "$10,000 or more" phone call, I would suggest leaving the following message:

Hello, Hello? Is this where I am supposed to leave a message? I can't hear you. You sound very mumbled. I have no idea what you were saying. Something is definitely wrong. Just thought I let you know...

Have fun with it.

I am not so sure that the "$10,000 and more in 2 weeks" is a legitimate business. I am not interested. I am sick and tired of having to be put on there do not call list.

Regardless, these calls have been illegal for 20 years...

Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991

Did you know that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 prohibits solicitations to residences that use an artificial voice or a recording.

47 U.S. Code § 227 - Restrictions on use of telephone equipment

Section 1 (Prohibitions)

It shall be unlawful for any person within the United States, or any person outside the United States if the recipient is within the United States--

(A) to make any call (other than a call made for emergency purposes or made with the prior express consent of the called party) using any automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial or prerecorded voice .... (iii) to any telephone number assigned to a paging service, cellular telephone service, specialized mobile radio service, or other radio common carrier service, or any service for which the called party is charged for the call, unless such call is made solely to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United States;

So even if they had "permission" from some website survey you might have mistaken filled in - automatic telephone device are not allowed to call cell phone numbers.

Fine for Violation

Any person who willfully and knowingly violates this subsection shall upon conviction thereof be fined not more than $10,000 for each violation, or 3 times that amount for each day of a continuing violation, in lieu of the fine provided by section 501 of this title for such a violation. This subparagraph does not supersede the provisions of section 501 of this title relating to imprisonment or the imposition of a penalty of both fine and imprisonment.

Federal Enforcement?

Who knows if the government is looking into this particular person? You should do whatever you can to allow these people to continue to call.

March 26, 2017

Get the Phone

Phone Call

According to the The Federal Trade Commission:

If you receive a robocall trying to sell you something (and you haven't given the caller your written permission), it's an illegal call. You should hang up. Then, file a complaint with the FTC and the National Do Not Call Registry.

In the case of businesses who are operating offshore, they don't really care that it's illegal. Being offshore puts them in a position to be exempt from any FTC action. They have raked in millions of dollars with schemes like the business loan scam. The recorded greeting says something like ?Congratulations, your business has been approved for a $250,000 loan."

Since these fly-by-night businesses don't care about the FTC rules around Robocall. I say it's fair game to scam the scammer! At least that's my feeling about it.

The next time you get a call, and here the 'BLEEP' sound. Know that you're about to be scam. Turn the tables on the caller!

The Beep Sound

Try Improv!

If you have the time, take your time with the caller. Improv being the absolute best customer that the caller has ever encountered. Make it sound that your very excited for the opportunity.

Some tell tale signs that you won the ?Dial-A-Scam?:

  • Introduction says the word ?Congratulations? within 5 seconds of the call
  • You have been pre-approved for a business loan
  • You have been selected for a federal grant
  • You hear the dreaded beep sound before anyone talks

May 13, 2014

Voicemail Virus

If you get an email that informs you that you have a call from a number, such as 994-997-4383 or 943-853-7855 the attachment contains a virus. You should delete the email and then purge your email box.

Tip: If your unsure of the number search in Google, and then your mailbox to see if it's a legitimate number.

October 4, 2012

503 902-8252

If you get a call from (503) 902-8252, this is Bing Professional Service Sales.

They must have some automated process set up because I get a call from this number every time I log into my Bing profile. Usually this happens within an hour after logging out.

Thank you Bing, but I don't know anyone in Salem, OR so I won't answer the phone.

I also get a call from (206) 276-8396 for the same reason. Bing trying to upsell some Bing professional service.

January 24, 2011

860 899 2715

If you get a call from (860) 899-2715 you got a solicitation call from a company in Manchester, CT for Alarm system.

It is unclear on what alarm system is sponsoring the call.

This is one number that is worth missing.If your now thinking of getting an alarm system, you should talk to your neighbors to see what they have.

August 24, 2010

Strange Caller ID

I have been getting strange calls from the following numbers:

  • 204
  • 507
  • 423
Yes, those are the numbers that show up in the caller id on the cellphone. I would see 204 appear and that's it. Very weird.

So it turns out that the numbers are from telephone solicitors that found the number online via the Yellow Pages. I believe that they were trying to upsell Yellow Pages services.

August 3, 2010

513 275 1387

I can confirm that a call from (513) 275-1387 is Everest University. I received the call twice yesterday, the second time I talked to them I confirmed that it was Everest University.

Use this link, if you do not wish to be contacted by Everest University Online by telephone, mail or email.

I don't know why they continue to contact me, I have told them numerous times that I have no interest in their University.

July 29, 2010

866 475 8517

I received a call from this number today at work. They ask, "Can I talk to someone who does Credit Card processing."

I told them they need to call the main number. She said, "This is a corporation?"

 "Yes," I responded

"Ok, I'll get the main number. Thanks." and hung up.

September 27, 2009

954 332-6243

If you get a call from (954) 332-6243, you are getting a solicitation call from Septic Magic. They will claim that you are a current customer and let you know of a new product that they want you to buy.

If the person that the solicitor is trying to reach is not available, they will say that its regards to an account at the factory and will ask when the best time to call back.

Septic Magic, Inc.
700 W. Hillsboro Blvd Suite 101
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441


Customer Service

We got a call from (954) 332-6243 yesterday, we don't have a septic tank as we use the town sewer. We never have done business with the above company and the person kept pretending that we have.