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(WTKR)   NO the FBI will NOT come install a security system in your home, despite what the nice man on the phone says   ( divider line
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2013-03-01 03:02:57 PM  
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Ah, yes, the new hotness in illegal telemarketing from Telephone Management Corporation of Portland, Oregon comes to light.

TMC, of note, is responsible for almost all illegal telemarketing calls in the US--not just the "Tom from Home Security"/"Free Home Security" scam, but the "Rachel from Cardmember Services" scam and almost all other robocall telemarketing scams in the US.  The main reason how they've gotten away with this is that they set up lots of telecom shell companies, including not only bogus CLECs in a number of states but international call centers injecting calls into the US call system via SPITting--SIP VoIP spam.  (The main one they have tended to use for the "Home Security" and recent "Rachel" calls is in Belize, in fact.)

There are a lot of folks (myself included, and a few state A/G offices included) who've been researching these little chucklefarks for a long time--and what has been found is not only an operation that has gone on since the late 1990s but one in which there is a strong possibility of involvement by organised crime.

If you want to see what all has been collected so far, here's all the info you need to know about the shiatstains behind this scam courtesy of the anti-telemarketing research community.  (There's actually supposedly a class-action lawsuit in progress against the perpetrators--I'm actually interested in joining this just in the hope it bankrupts TMC and provides court discovery info that would be useful for KY's A/G to file felony charges against the perps and get Interpol cooperation in shutting down the international tentacles of the operation.  At least some states are starting to shut down the faux-CLEC tentacles, which is more progress than we've had in a while.)
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