Organization Promising Fraud Protection Scams $20 Million From Senior Citizens

Organization Promising Fraud Protection Scams $20 Million From Senior Citizens

Scamming people is wrong. Scamming senior citizens is immoral, disrespectful, and a number of other adjectives. Still, there are companies in the world that prey on the elderly. The Federal Trade Commission has put a stop to one such organizations that bilked more than $20 million from seniors. [More]

A Telemarketer Explains How To Banish Telemarketers

A Telemarketer Explains How To Banish Telemarketers

If you’ve signed up for the Do Not Call List, you shouldn’t get phone solicitations except from companies you do business with and charitable organizations. If you’re getting calls from a group you aren’t interested in sending money to, or you just don’t like making donations over the phone, they’re just as annoying as commercial calls. [More]

Scammy Precious Metal Marketers Banned From Selling Investments, Ordered To Repay Millions

Scammy Precious Metal Marketers Banned From Selling Investments, Ordered To Repay Millions

Precious metals can be a great investment when handled properly by a respected and truthful organization, but that’s not always the case. On Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission put the brakes on three precious metal marketers in Florida after they allegedly scammed nearly $9 million from consumers. [More]

Telemarketers Must Pay $14.75 Million Judgment, Because Scamming People Is Wrong

Telemarketers Must Pay $14.75 Million Judgment, Because Scamming People Is Wrong

When you’ve make a promise to no longer defraud consumers, you might want to stick to that promise. Otherwise, like two Florida businessmen, you could be on the hook for $14.75 million. [More]

That Pre-Recorded Voice Isn’t Really A Robot, But She’s Not A Live Telemarketer Either

That Pre-Recorded Voice Isn’t Really A Robot, But She’s Not A Live Telemarketer Either

Remember Samantha West? That was the name of the most definitely recorded voice insisting that she was a real person on a telemarketing call about buying health insurance. And while there probably is no Ms. West sitting by the phone dialing up potential customers, she’s not exactly a robot, either. [More]

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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]

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B2B Telemarketer Rage: A Perspective From The Other End Of The Phone Line

Usually, the people who write to us are besieged with calls from telemarketers or companies they’ve done business with, and want us to help make it stop. Brett is on the other side of the phone line. He’s not the traditional telemarketer you might think of, calling ordinary citizens during dinner: his company is just business-to-business, and he was doing some cold calling to drum up business. The person who answered the phone was anything but businesslike. [More]

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If Your Company Runs The Do Not Call List, Make Sure The Telemarketing Department Checks It

One might think that if you’re a company that runs both the Do Not Call registry for a country as well as a telemarketing division, the two departments might compare notes once in a while. Because how embarrassing would it be if the company’s telemarketers called people on that Do Not Call list? So embarrassing, and worth a $110,000 fine. [More]

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These Workers Know Their Jobs Make The World A Worse Place But A Job Is A Job, Right?

In these trying economic times, we’re not about to begrudge anyone a job. Heck, we’ve all got bills to pay. But some workers are willing to point the finger at themselves and admit that what they do for a living is maybe kind of sort of making the world a worse place. A new survey asked a variety of workers if their jobs do good things for the world, and plenty of those polled replied, “Nope.” [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]

Telemarketer Just Cannot Handle Being Hung Up On Again, Calls Back With Bomb Threat

Telemarketer Just Cannot Handle Being Hung Up On Again, Calls Back With Bomb Threat

We all likely know at least a few people who have endured being a telemarketer, and while it sounds like an awful, horrible no-good very bad gig, hey, it’s a job. But one telemarketer had simply had it up to here with people hanging up on him. And so he did something a bit extreme to express that frustration — he called back and told the homeowner there was a bomb in the house. [More]

FTC Charges Telemarketers With Scamming Elderly People Out Of At Least $10 Million

FTC Charges Telemarketers With Scamming Elderly People Out Of At Least $10 Million

In a day when the stock market is unpredictable and huge financial institutions sometimes appear to be built out of nothing but smoke and mirrors, it can be tempting to want to invest your nest egg in something more concrete, especially something like “precious metals,” a phrase that, to some, exudes wealth and security. [More]

How Did Telemarketers End Up With Number That Was Changed To Avoid Telemarketers?

How Did Telemarketers End Up With Number That Was Changed To Avoid Telemarketers?

A man in California was so fed up with unwanted telemarketing calls (which may be a redundancy) that he finally gave in and changed his number to one that was completely unlisted. Little did he know his actions would only lead to end up on a list of newly changed numbers that was sold to telemarketers. [More]

You Can Get $500 If An Autodialer Calls Your Cellphone

You Can Get $500 If An Autodialer Calls Your Cellphone

Your cellphone rings from a number you don’t recognize. You pick it up. At first there’s silence. Then the sound of a call center kicks in and a person asks, “Hello, can I speak to Karen?” It’s a telemarketer, or a debt collector, using an autodialer. And they just broke the law. And just for funsies, you can collect $500 or $1500 with just a few hours of work if you go after them. [More]

Telemarketing Firm Busted For Pretending To Sound Disabled

Telemarketing Firm Busted For Pretending To Sound Disabled

A telemarketing firm that sold products put together by disabled persons has been busted. Police say they were making the people who worked the phone pretend to sound handicapped in order to get more money. “The telemarketers were acting pretty significantly disabled and using particular voice patterns and such that would make them sound disabled,” Riverside Police Det. Brian Money told KABC. The suspects were arrested for theft by false pretenses and false advertising. [More]

Telemarketer Won't Show "Do Not Call" Policy? You Can Sue For $500

Telemarketer Won't Show "Do Not Call" Policy? You Can Sue For $500

If you can’t get rid of annoying telemarketers, you can at least make a profit off them. Under Federal law, they have to give you a written copy of their “Do Not Call” policy for free if you ask them to. If they don’t, you can take them to court and sue them for a cool statutory $500. Here’s a sample script for doing this from a guy who has sued several telemarketers over this violation and won. [More]

Annoy Telemarketers Into Leaving You Alone

Annoy Telemarketers Into Leaving You Alone

Larry’s company was deluged with calls from this one telemarketing scam outfit. They tried everything to get rid of the buggers but they wouldn’t quit. So his company decided to annoy them. [More]

Comcast Rep Calls With Offer Too Good To Be True, Then I Find Out It Isn't True

Comcast Rep Calls With Offer Too Good To Be True, Then I Find Out It Isn't True

Reader T was pleased to answer a call from a Comcast rep who offered a deal that would give him more channels for less money. He eagerly accepted, only to receive a call from Comcast the next day that informed him there was a hold on his account and he should work to get it removed immediately. Confused, he called Comcast’s customer service and found reason to turn his smile upside down. [More]