I answered this because it is my area code (PA). The recorded message said that since I received this on my cell phone (it wasn't) I could press keys to accumulate points to win prizes. It also said to wait for an operator, but the operator didn't come on, and it disconnected.
I reported it to the National Do Not Call registry. If everyone does the same, maybe we can eliminate these annoying calls.
Reverse boycott. We can destroy their cost/benefit ratio by consuming their service.
When a company can repeatedly call with the intent of getting money their customers can repeatedly answer or call back with the intent of not giving them any. They need people to pay with as little talk as possible. They don't want to talk with people who know they are never going to pay. Be all talk and no pay. Answer when convenient. Call back. Give no information. Verify nothing. Ask as many questions as you can. Answer none.
Don't ignore/block/report them. It doesn't work. These folks want you to ignore them for as long as you can stand to or until you give them something valuable like money or information. Ignoring them is being their good customer. Sending a cease and desist is giving information. It lets them know you are still alive and remain their good customer. Their legal model is less vulnerable than their business model. Preparing to initiate unlikely individual legal battles is being their good customer.
Be their bad customer. Make them talk to you fruitlessly for as long as they can stand to or until they stop selecting you as their customer. These companies cannot spend seconds much less minutes on the phone with every person who will never send them a dime. But they don't know who that is. You do. That knowledge is power. Every second you can keep their staff on the phone will render their business less profitable giving them a reason to never call you again.
Calling will not reset your SOL. Making a partial payment will.
I like to ask general questions they should but usually won't answer. "May I have the name and address of your agent for service of process?" Calmly and slowly ask them to spell every word in the address. Read it back for verification. Control the pace. If they are rushing then politely ask them to slowly repeat. "Are you a corporation and if so in which state are you incorporated?" Repeat your questions when you don't get direct answers. When they won't answer a question ask, "Would you like to comply with the business and professions codes of your state?" That is usually the point when they hang up on me but if they say they want to comply then begin your questions again.
Repeat while you have the spare time. These folks have many victims and few operators. If everyone calls back but pays nothing the mass auto-dialer business model becomes unprofitable. Don't aide and comfort the enemy by ignoring them. Call! Have a nice long slow friendly chat! Make them hang up first.
Press 2 for Spanish.
For any business, customers who consume the most resources but don't pay (or otherwise add value) become the least desirable. Most businesses will stop (cease and desist) soliciting an undesirable customer. Those that don't stop remain knowingly vulnerable to the actions of their undesirable customers. Few companies can afford to let everyone take a piece of them whenever they want endlessly. For instance they must pay staff to answer everyone's telephone calls which can be placed at your convenience for the joy of it. Call and consume their operator time without paying or giving information. Be a bad customer. The worst customer. Inspire them to invoke their right to refuse you service by not soliciting you.
There are certainly enough victims with unlimited long distance to take down this company so ignoring/blocking seems downright Orwellian to me. Really? We're just going to passively submit and go with a block list or however we manage ignoring an endless stream of unwanted phone calls day after day? Hell no! Unite or remain conquered. Answer/return every call - become well practiced at keeping these folks on the phone - or count yourself not amongst the free.
call block all you want guys these are all the numbers i have collected so far. i use callfilter from the android market i love it. they still have to call but they are blocked and i dont have to even hear a voicemail from them :)
This is the second automated call I've received from this number in Spanish! I don't understand Spanish. I get a busy signal when I call the # back.
No message left on voice mail. Try calling back and got a recording saying this is not a working number.
This number called myVerizon cell phone again.
Very annoying. Stop these people ASAP
Someone has called me from this # on my cell and on my work line. All in Spanish pretty creepy. Is there a way to report this?
I missed calls twice from the same number, 215 944-8989. Tried to return them but it is not in service....
I just got a call from this number today (8/19/10). I didn't answer it though.
sick of this stuff
didn't even bother to answer it but there is no reason they should have my number.
Got a call from this number. Went to voicemail and it was a hangup.
just got a call fro this number someone speaks in spanish, i hang up.
I've gotten calls from them a few times now and just got another one a few minutes ago. Always in spanish and with lots of static. Wish there was an address attached to the #. I would like to buy a plane ticket and go pay them a visit.
i get calls from them at least once a week. sick of that!
Just got the 2159448989 pennsylvania call. Alot of static and spanish speaking, so hungup. Called back and busy signal. I'm in dallas, TX and use AT&T
same as others. recording in spanish. second time they have called me.
Received 2 missed calls from this number. No message left.
Just got this call. Didn't answer. Left no voicemail. Have Net10. Pre pay cell service.
Got a call from this number on my personal AT&T cellphone in california with unknown name. Didn't answer because I did not recognize the number. They left a 10 second blank message in my voicemail (no audio.) I ever catch this person face-to-face gonna beat them with a brick stick, wasting my cellphone minutes.
Got call from this number today. I have a pay as you go phone. Person did not speak English
Just got a call two minutes ago. Whole bunch of Spanish. Do not understand a word. Then hund up
We think Assurance has given out our cell phone number--or allowed it to be retrieved unlawfully. [a clear violation of our privacy and security instructions.] Only our children are authorized to call us on this phone. The number has been traced to 'unknown' in Penn. . . . We wonder if it is a bill collector we have filed against for unlawful collection policies. If so they compound violations against Fair Debt Collection Practices.
I got a call from this number and am an at&t costomer as well.
I just got a call from this number. Sprint. California.
I have Verizon, just got a phone call from this number. Tried calling a few times, got busy tone... 3rd time said the number was not in service.
just recieved a call 10mins ago.!! ugh. hate random phone calls. wasting my minutes.! was about 2 text & ask who it was. good thing i didnt.
Ditto, got it on my Google Voice, and it's now blocked.
atleast once a week i get i call from dat #. i no longer ipick it up. the 1st time i did it was in spanish.. madd weird.
they called my cell. didn't pick up and they left no message