Lileks: Rachel from Card Services calling, oh, and The Robot

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 25, 2013 - 12:16 AM

The first time you get a telemarketer on your cellphone you feel like your family pet just bit you. Trust has been breached, perhaps for good.

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rnvhillOct. 25, 13 7:38 AM

It is untrue that the do not call list does not work. It stops companies you do not have relationship from calling - although it can be hard to say that not getting a call from Acme Heating is something to report unless you are old enough to remember when these calls were all too common. It does not stop charities from calling, nor business you do have a relationship with unless you ask then on a call to stop - then critically, it does not stop crooks from calling, crooks who are already committing one crime so why not simply call every number with an auto dialer? Oh and speaking of crooks calling - do not call also allows politicians to call.

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u29ac52Oct. 25, 13 8:39 AM

Two ways to avoid them. Let anyone you don't recognize go to voice mail. Or pay a couple extra dollars a month the the phone company and get call blocking. Where only a HUMAN can get through since they have to press a 1 to move past the blocking message. Well worth the money. Even charity and politicians can't call unless they are human.

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Bernem313Oct. 25, 13 4:53 PM

There's one that goes like this: "This is the shipping company and we have the package your doctor asked us to send you" and I know my doctor did no such thing. What is it. "Your doctor wants us to send you a security device for emergencies." But I already have one and have for a year. Then I tell them I don't appreciate their scare tactics aimed at terrorizing senior citizens. SLAM DOWN PHONE. GO AWAY. But yup, you know they'll call again. Then I threaten to call the AG office.

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bigtmnOct. 25, 13 5:02 PM

The do not call list does NOT work. I get lots of calls for lower interest rates, home security systems, etc. I quit answering those calls, but they keep on coming. If the phone companies and the NSA have the technology to track all of our phone calls, why don't they use the technology to enforce the do not call list? One of the first things that should be done is to prevent spoofing of caller id, so unwanted/illegal phone calls can be reported.

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velmoholmOct. 26, 13 7:53 AM

I always tell the telemarketer that I would love to talk with them but I am busy now. Could they please provide me with their home number. There is always a long pause. Then I say I wold enjoy the opportunity to disturb them at home as they have done to me.

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transplantedOct. 26, 13 8:19 AM

There are a number of local companies who call semi-regularly - one that comes to mind offers to clean my furnace ducts - I have never had a relationship with them, so they are in violation of the "do not call" laws, right? I have also reported the numbers calling me to the proper authorities about 30 times, and as far as I can tell, no action was ever taken against them. So I don't even bother, anymore.

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