Who are they? Why do they keep calling me?
Who are they? Why do they keep calling me?
Have you ever gotten a Robocall call offering a great deal to clean two rooms and a hallway for $69?
This is a sample of many calls that I have gotten about this great offer:
Lots of red flags about this. Can't trust anyone spoofing a number and company name.
I picture this business is a "fly by night" opportunity. A couple of guys in a van going area to the area making a "quick buck." They outsource the marketing to a call center overseas to generate the leads in the particular marketplace they are working in.
Checkout the post over at Carpet Cleaning Telemarker Blog: Carpet Cleaning Robocall Scumbag Spammer CAUGHT!
Some people posted their experiences with the Carpet Cleaning Robocalls on the FTC blog post: Untangling a robocaller
Over the past few weeks I have been getting a lot of calls from "Merchant Services." These calls are not really from any of my credit card banks but rather from scammers pretending to be from "Merchant Services" with the sole goal to trick me into giving them my credit card information.
This time when I got the call, I had downtime and had time to play around. This time I got further into the call than ever before.
Usually I don't get beyond giving them a fake card. But just my luck, Capital One services was down - so they weren't able to verify the credit card number.
I gave up on the call after a while. As I had other things to do. They did try calling my back a could of times on the (866) 696-5487' number.
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
Some good questions to ask American Home Security System about their "free" offer:
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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!
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':
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.
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.
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.
I have been getting strange calls from the following numbers:
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.