What Part Of “Do Not Call” Do These People Not Understand?

do-not-callSo is anyone else out there getting these phone calls?

The other day my home phone rang.  When I answered, the voice on the other end of the line was an automated one, telling me that my “warranty on my vehicle was about to expire”, and that I needed to “press 1 to speak to an operator in order to renew your warranty”.

This wasn’t the first time I’d gotten this call; rather, I’ve fielded this particular call maybe four or five times in the last month or so.  The first time I’d heard this, I’d naively figured that somehow my phone number had been innocently mixed up with someone else’s — someone who presumably did have a car warranty about to expire.  Being a responsible, well-meaning citizen, I clicked over to the operator and calmly explained that neither my car nor my wife’s was under any sort of warranty at this point, alerting them to their error.  Which should have been the end of it.

Except for the fact that they called back again.  And again.  And again.  The last time I got the call, I clicked over and started to tell the operator that I was tired of dealing with this waste of my time — when the operator simply hung up on me in mid-sentence.  Pretty pissed at that point, I tried to call the number back — but the call couldn’t get through as dialed.

As it turns out, the whole enterprise is apparently a scam, targeting people in an attempt to get them to take out new car warranties.  Apparently, these companies have been going after helpless consumers nationwide, whether they have a relatively new car or not (both of the cars in my household are 10 years old or older and haven’t been under a warranty in a long, long time) — or in some cases, whether they even own a car (like my cousin’s girlfriend, who got a similar call even though she’s never owned a car before.  The offenders is this case are thankfully starting to garner the attention of federal regulators for their actions, and deservedly so.  I’m on the National Do Not Call List for a reason — and it’s not to have to waste my time with these phone spammers.  I hope the hammer gets dropped — and dropped hard — on these clowns.

Ranking right up there in garnering my annoyance are the other calls I’ve been getting offering me “great rates on my credit card debts”, calls that sound at first like they might be coming from a company you actually do business with — but are merely attempts from some credit company to shift debts over to them in what they claim will provide you all kinds of savings in interest payments.

Again, this is an example of a company I have no prior business with trying to solicit my business via the telephone — an act that, like the car warranty crap, I can’t believe isn’t a violation of the Do Not Call laws.  What’s obvious to me is that the struggling economy and the reality of a number of troubled financial households around the country have led a new wave of opportunists to boldly attempt to circumvent or even break the law in their attempts to take advantage of people’s situations — actions I can only hope will get brought to a quick halt in the near future.  If not, what’s the point of having created the Do Not Call Registry in the first place?

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9 Responses to “What Part Of “Do Not Call” Do These People Not Understand?”

  1. sprentiss47 Says:

    The FTC must have read your post!

    From MSNBC.com:

    FTC sues to halt warranty ‘robo-calls’

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30748004/

    Amazing line from the article:
    “Officials say as many as 1 billion of the nuisance calls have been made to Americans.”

  2. These days, some of these callers have actually sworn at me for wasting THEIR time!

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  4. thelasthonestman Says:

    One billion calls? That’s an absolutely astounding number.

    The sooner these groups get shut down — the better.

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