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New telemarketing technique? anyone getting these?

Nov 21, 2005 5:04AM PST

There is no human but a recorded message. The structure is similar to recorded political messages but ends with giving you a phone # to call or a web site to visit. I received one today about some new credit card policies. Horror of horrors! Credit card companies are going to raise the minimum payments due on your charges! Call this number today! I have to wonder if this circumvents the ''Do Not Call'' list restrictions and will prove to be even more annoying than dealing with real humans. At least when a real person called you could mess with them a bit if you felt mean or ornery.Happy

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Perhaps a partial answer, Steven
Nov 21, 2005 5:11AM PST
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/tmarkg/donotcall.htm

"In addition, when the telemarketer doesn't have a representative standing by, a recorded message must play to let you know who's calling and the number they're calling from. The law prohibits a recorded sales pitch in a cold call. And to give you time to answer the phone, the telemarketer may not hang up on an unanswered call before 15 seconds or four rings."

If you receive telemarketing calls after you have registered your telephone number and it has been in the registry for three months, you can file a complaint at donotcall.gov or by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222 (TTY: 1-866-290-4236). You will have to know the date of the call and the company's name or phone number to file a do not call complaint. A telemarketer who disregards the National Do Not Call Registry could be fined up to $11,000 for each call.
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Thanks and I registered long ago
Nov 21, 2005 5:34AM PST

Calls have slowed but not stopped. Most undesired calls today are presented as "surveys". Too often these seem to be leading towards a specific objective such as to get you to try a product. The latest, such as the example I gave, are not a direct selling attempt but a message with a bit of a scare message or one to cause curiosity. They ask you to call them. Perhaps this is, technically, not a sales call. Perhaps I should write down the # and file a complaint anyway. My understanding is that, when one "establishes" a relationship with a vendor, all bets are off for a specified period of time. They can call you. I have to wonder if calling the # given in these recorded messages can be construed as establishing a relationship with them. Tricky devils they are.Happy

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I get these all the time
Nov 21, 2005 5:59AM PST

I am especially amused by the ones where a young guy or girl start out as if they know you...

"Hey, I've been trying to get ahold of you... I guess I missed you again. Anyway, I wanted to tell you about...yada, yada, yada. BTW my name is... and you can get ahold of me at..."

Turn about is fair play I guess. I used to ask some of the solicitors things like "what kind of underwear are you wearing ?" It would shake up some of the women but I stopped one guy in his tracks. Heck, it would unnerve me if a another guy asked me that on the phone ! I usually just ask a phone solicitor to hold on for a minute and set the phone down and leave.
I asked a little old lady JW to come in and take a bath with me one morning when she knocked on my door as I was getting ready for an afternoon shift (got that one from a comedian I saw on TV). Never got another knock on the door again. I didn't object to the lady being there... I just had a problem with someone knocking on my door at 9:30 in the morning.

grim

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(NT) (NT) and if she agreed to that bath?????
Nov 21, 2005 11:01AM PST
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(NT) (NT) A gentleman never tells. ;)
Nov 21, 2005 11:30AM PST