Picked up the phone after two rings, no one there. Caller then hung up. If it's a telemarketer then why hang up? This type of call should be illegal.
How it works:
People should continually file complaints with their Attorney Generals office and also file with:
If enough people keep complaining then maybe something will get done.
The calls are being made from outside the US however the call centers (where you actually talk to someone after pressing 1) are usually in the US and the companies making the money from the scam are owned by people in the US.
These calls are coming from Costa Rica and India and they are using spoofed (false) numbers, which in itself is illegal. They do cold calling for or sell the leads to numerous companies in this country and they know that what they are doing is illegal. Tomorrow this same number may be selling Cruises, Timeshares or Security Systems but if you follow the money it usually ends up in the hands of an American LLC. Keep complaining to the FTC and FCC, and start bugging our politicians to pass laws to make it punishable in criminal court instead of handing out fines that they don't pay. Another course of action is to contact phone companies to find out why they won't block spoofed numbers. With today's technology that should be an easy thing to do, unless they are somehow profiting from the use of their systems.
Robocalls are illegal unless you have given them prior permission in writing (not worded into some small print contract from a 3rd party) and are absolutely illegal to a cell phone. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act permits individuals who have received certain unlawful telemarketing, such as junk faxes or telemarketing calls, to sue the violator in state courts where they may be awarded up to $1500 for each violation.
The majority of the disposable numbers come from Pacific Telecom Communications Group and they are currently under investigation and in the midst of various lawsuits. (The principles involved have been part of actions by the FCC under other business names). They have ripped people off for millions of dollars, yet have paid only a couple of thousand dollars in fines. The only way to stop them is to throw them in prison for a few years to make this criminal activity less attractive.
Check here first to see if it is one of their phone numbers:
Pacific Telecom Communications Group
Follow JD's recommendations in the blog and stop them at the source.
The Indiana Attorney General?s Office filed lawsuits against:
Consumer Credit Group and Proactive Planning Solutions of Arizona for violating Indiana?s Do Not Call Law and Auto-Dialer Act known as the robo-call law. Both companies violated the Credit Service Organization Act and Deceptive Consumer Sales Act by not obtaining $25,000 surety bonds with the state and collecting money upfront without performing any services.
Debt Zero of California for collecting money up front, failing to provide services or a refund and operating without a $25,000 surety bond.
Clear One Advantage of Maryland and Credit Arbitrators of Texas for violating the Credit Service Organization Act and the Deceptive Consumer Sales Act by not obtaining the required surety bonds.
Arkansas sues robocallers:
http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2012/aug/0 ... arketing-firms/
Missouri sues robocallers:
http://www.legalnewsline.com/news/236974-kost ... nies-over-calls
Proof that current laws mean nothing to these scum suckers, same companies that have been sued in the past:
Write our Congress and Senate. We need CRIMINAL penalties against the companies that are profiting from these calls. Follow the money, slap them in prison, no one left to outsource to overseas boiler rooms, problem solved. Since they are operating across borders it should become a federal felony and should be handled by the FBI under the RICO Act.
I got a call from this number and a message was left. It said his name was Michael Peterson calling from Bank of America. Something about a cashiers check. When I called back, he only said Hello. When I asked what was all the background noise, he said he just got out of a meeting. I asked what the company was for this number. He said Bank of America and asked me my name. Then asked if I could Call Him Back in about 25 minutes! WTF!?
THIS IS CLEARLY A SCAM. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
this is a company selling secruity systems. I have told them several times to stop calling but they continue to call at least once a day
Must be you calling?? How about this: Just read this comment and thought the writer is an IDIOT!
Please stop calling me.
The guy has a point. Telling everyone you got a phone call is not helping. Telling who called would help. Everyone wants to be special though so keep letting the world know your phone rang.
I on the other hand have reported the number to the Do Not Call list website. If you are not registered there then you really have no room to complain about getting any call. If you were registered then you should have filed a complaint. If you did not then you are enableling this company and it is your fault they called you.
All these telemarketer pr!cks seem to come from Oregon and Washington State. F U to all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Who died and left you the BOSS?? IDIOT
The pricks just called me too
Caller Id says Financial Center. No message left.
Got a call from this number, no name or voicemail. How else are we supposed to find out who's calling us, genius?
Just got missed a call from this number - no message left
Got a call from this number. IT was some political survey saying if I participate I can win a free cruise for 2 nights. Hung up. I am on the do not call list. I will be reporting this number.
You SHOULD leave a posting of this number here even if they dont leave a message. The amount of calls with no messages mean we know exactly who they are.
I called the number back and it says that I have been selected to participate in a survey
sorry barrack obama -
call from a telemarketor / 3 questions for a free cruise to the bahamas for 2 - YEAH RIGHT
1st question - what would you think would help the US economy - 5 choices
2nd - who would you vote for - democratic/replublican
3rd - do you approve of oback obama as president - yes/no
then connect to travel agent....didnt go that far - its prob just for my cc number anyway...tah!! and Im in the UK!!! so how does that work!!
No message just another marketing caller.
Yeah, I'm gonna call the other coast to put myself on their "do not call list" ... not with my plan.
caller id said "Health Benefits" left no message on ans. device
I got the voicemail version, health care spam
Called twice with two different "companies" both times. Spam telemarketer, don't answer they won't leave a message.
Got a call from this number just alittle bit ago. I answered it thinking it was a person i just met, and as soon as i answered it they hung up.....
I PAY FOR LIMITED MINUTES ON MY CELL PHONE PLAN.......WHOEVER YOU ARE; DON'T CALL MY NUMBER AGAIN
On Calling Back it says telemarketing and press 1 to remover from list.
I Hate SPAM
***IT'S A SPAMMER****
Ignore this call: Got this recorded message: "This is Jessica from Total Health Care"
SPAM call that wanted to know if I have health insurance, Medicare or Medicade. Then said "Press 9 to remove from our caller base."
Here's my reply for Jessica: How 'bout press 1 for WTF are you calling my cell with your BS message?
Thank you, I did not know that's how to get off their calling lists.
Where did this number get my number from?
Same as everyone else - missed call - I'm in Idaho