March 29, 2010

Unwanted Caller PSA

Do you ever get calls from telemarketers and scammers who circumvent caller ID or who won't stop calling?

I get really damn tired of these people calling, every night at the same time (I'm looking at YOU Leukemia and Lymphoma Society) when they have been expressly told that I don't have a donation, or I don't need their business, prize, or mortgage help.  So when someone called for my husband this morning and hung up after telling me "It doesn't matter, I'll just call back," I got pissed off.  First they call with no caller ID except the number (a reasonably local number), then they won't tell me who they are.  Screw you buddy.  So I went looking and I found a few things.

First, I was right.  It was a cold-call telemarketer for a questionable home remodeling company based out of Compton. Second, I will be ignoring that number in future.  Third, there are great websites out there that have cataloged a number of these spammers and scammers and telemarketers.  Not just reverse lookup, there are many sites that register complaints and take data about the unwanted callers as well.

Here are a couple of resources to help you figure out who is calling you and who to complain about:  These folks had the most information about the number that called me, with people leaving blog-style comments about their experiences. This site is an aggregator for several sites, it was the site where I found the other resources.  It also shows statistics about repeat calling and when the bastards call.
Shows reports of the true name of the business as well as the caller id display and official NANPA information about the location and assignment of the number

Of course if you are on the DO NOT CALL list, you can complain about spam callers here.  Also, remember that the registry expires after 5 years. To re-register or verify your registry, go here.  You can also register cell phones!

Posted by caltechgirl at March 29, 2010 09:32 AM | TrackBack

Ugh. I hate those calls. And I'm sad to hear LLS is calling you constantly. :( But I'm glad it riled you up enough to remember you have a blog!

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at March 29, 2010 01:21 PM

My problem is that a lot of these calls come from numbers that show up as "Unavailable". And they become hard to ignore when they happen so often as to override other phone calls in progress.

Posted by: diamond dave at March 29, 2010 02:29 PM

You might want to follow Tyler Cowan's advice and borrow Amy Alkon's price list,/a>. I love her style, and she certainly gets results!

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