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What If Telemarketers Had To Pay You To Annoy You?

Imagine if, instead of just getting annoyed when the phone rings and it’s a telemarketer or robocaller, you were delighted. Not because you were eager to speak with them, but because you gave out a toll number instead of your real phone number, and telemarketers had to pay to call you. One man in Leeds, England is living that dream. [More]

Does Uptick In Telemarketing Complaints Mean "Do-Not-Call" Registry Isn't Really Working?

Does Uptick In Telemarketing Complaints Mean "Do-Not-Call" Registry Isn't Really Working?

Ah, the cherished dinner hour. Peace, quiet and if that stupid telemarketer doesn’t stop calling I am seriously going to throw my fork really violently at something. If that sounds like you, you aren’t alone. Even with the “Do Not Call” registry, there’s been a spike in complaints against telemarketers, especially those pre-recorded phone calls that always seem to come when you don’t want them to. Although, does anyone ever really welcome a telemarketer’s call? Doubt it. [More]

Debt Collectors Real & Fake Top List Of Most-Blocked Phone Numbers

Debt Collectors Real & Fake Top List Of Most-Blocked Phone Numbers

According to a new list of most-blocked telephone numbers, the only people more tenacious than debt collectors about making non-stop calls to consumers are bogus debt collectors possibly looking to steal your information or trick you into making a payment. [More]

Robocaller Tricks My Caller ID Into Thinking It's My Wife

Robocaller Tricks My Caller ID Into Thinking It's My Wife

John picked up a phone call that seemed to be from his wife, but discovered it was someone even more adept at nagging and less affected by indifference — a robocaller. He says he was the victim of caller ID-manipulating trickery by credit card marketers. [More]

Keep Your Small Dog Info To Yourself; The Person Calling You Doesn't Need To Know

Keep Your Small Dog Info To Yourself; The Person Calling You Doesn't Need To Know

Here’s a weird possible scam going around. Our reader Chris writes, “Every day for the past week, I’ve been getting an automated call that asks me, ‘This is Survey 2010. Do you have a small dog?'” [More]

When Telemarketing Fraudster Calls, You Might Want To Let It Go To Voice Mail

When Telemarketing Fraudster Calls, You Might Want To Let It Go To Voice Mail

Doug, who sent in this photo of what showed up on his caller ID when a roboscammer rang him up, possibly has the most effective phone screening system ever. Or maybe it’s just that the scamming company on the other line is at least honest about how it defrauds people. [More]

Ben Popken On WJLA Warning About Robocall Scammers

Ben Popken On WJLA Warning About Robocall Scammers

UPDATE: Here’s the video. If you live in the DC area, tune into ABC 7 tonight at 5:45 pm to see a Consumer Alert I shot with local reporter Kris Van Cleave. Apparently, this morning like six of their reporters all got scam robocalls on their cellphones with a recording saying their ATM card had been deactivated and they needed to call the bank back. Hello, scam! [More]

FTC Shuts Down Bogus Credit Card Robocallers

FTC Shuts Down Bogus Credit Card Robocallers

Three companies that made claims that they could help consumers reduce their credit card interest rates — and then charged fees of up to $1,590 — have been shut down by the Federal Trade Commission. “The last thing debt-ridden consumers need is to be deluged by illegal robocalls – especially when all the calls are offering is a scam,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz. [More]

Weird Auto-Dialer Scam Curses At You If No Operators Are Available

Weird Auto-Dialer Scam Curses At You If No Operators Are Available

There’s a strange auto-dialer message going around right now that asks you to call back for important info. When you call back, you might end up being offered lower interest rates on your credit card… or you might get a voicemail inbox where a man yells at you, “You stupid f***ing b*tch!” [More]

Dell, I Do Not Appreciate Your 5 AM Wakeup Robocalls

Dell, I Do Not Appreciate Your 5 AM Wakeup Robocalls

A few years ago, Kate made a horrible mistake. As the IT contact for her employer, she gave Dell her cell phone number. She tells Consumerist that apparently this gave the company license to give her status updates on the company’s Dell orders between 5 and 6 A.M. Pacific time. Even after she no longer worked in that position. Even after repeated phone calls and e-mails begging Dell to stop calling her. The worst part? Kate isn’t the only one. [More]

FTC Sues "Interest-Reduction" Robocallers

FTC Sues "Interest-Reduction" Robocallers

So, all telemarketing robocalls magically vanished a few months ago when the FTC banned them, right? Um, not quite. There are still companies out there exploiting their metallic minions in the name of feeding deceptive information to consumers. This month, the FTC filed suit against three companies that were pumping out “hundreds of thousands or even millions” of calls offering questionable interest-rate reduction services. [More]

Robocalls Banned!

Robocalls Banned!

Today the FTC banned pretty much all telemarketing-based robocalls starting Tuesday, September 1st, 2009. At that point, “violators will face penalties up to $16,000 per call,” notes the Los Angeles Times.

Robocallers Cannot Magically Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate

Robocallers Cannot Magically Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate

The Better Business Bureau and Senator Charles Schumer are warning the public to be skeptical of any calls promising to lower your credit card interest rate. While nowhere near at the public annoyance level of the recent car warranty robocaller scourge, they’re still out there, automatically dialing people and promising to lower your rate for a hefty up-front fee. The only problem is, they can’t do anything you can’t do on your own, and unless you’re crazy you’re probably not going to charge yourself a thousand bucks for the service.

Meet The People Behind The Car Warranty Robocallers

Meet The People Behind The Car Warranty Robocallers

We know how much you just loooove those car warranty robocallers, so we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to introduce you to the folks the FTC says is behind the robot army.

Watch Out For Health Insurance Robocallers

Watch Out For Health Insurance Robocallers

Spammy “discount health care” pitches are hated by anyone who owns a fax machine, but now scammy health insurance vendors have taken to robocalling people, too. Reader Dustin was annoyed enough that he decided to track the calls to their source.

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The car warranty robocalls may have ground to a halt, but are you still besieged by credit card and home mortgage scam robocalls? Don’t worry. Ever-vigilant Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is on the case, asking the federal government to intervene.

Car Warranty Robot Calls Senator During Meeting On Capitol Hill

Car Warranty Robot Calls Senator During Meeting On Capitol Hill

First they pissed off Verizon, then they pissed off the internet, the attorney general of Indiana, and Congressmen Mike Doyle. Now the group of companies responsible for the car warranty robocalls have annoyed New York Senator Chuck Schumer by calling him during an important meeting about health care.

Auto Warranty Robocallers Call Indiana Attorney General At Home

Auto Warranty Robocallers Call Indiana Attorney General At Home

Protip for telemarkers: If you’re going to engage in random robodialing to unlisted cell phones, pray very very hard that you do not dial the attorney general of a state in which you plan to continue doing business.