brantgoose: As long as these companies are allowed to cold call the elderly, the elderly will be falling for con artists. Because much of this business is straight and simple fraud and the elderly are vulnerable because their judgment declines, they may be non compos mentis (Alzheimer's sufferers have been known to fall for patent frauds time and again if they are allowed access to a phone), and because they are lonely and just like to have somebody to talk to, which makes them easy pickings for con artists of all sorts, religious, political, or illegal.
dittybopper: I keep getting this telemarketer who calls me and recites a poem by Robert Frost in a Russian accent. And he calls me "Vladimir Ivan'ich", which isn't my name./I get strange urges after every call, though.
Slam Bradley: My parents number was similar enough to an airport taxi service on Cape Cod. We changed the message to explicitly state it wasn't the taxi company and tons of people still would leave irate messages (apparently they must suck at taxi stuff)I can't even imagine the amount of shiat this guy is getting on his phone now/csb
MythDragon: I got a call from some long distance carrier switcher person.Them: Sir, how much do you spend a month in long distance?Me: Oh about 2-3 thousands dollars.T: Well I got some great news- wait did you say 3 *thousand* dollars?M: Yeah, about that.T: Uh....sir where are you calling?M: Oh ...China, Libia,Pakistan, North Korea, Iran, the usual.T: This is business?M: Yep.T: Uh....what kind of business are you in?M: I sell missle guidance systems.T: Seriously?M: Yep. They go crazy for those things.T: Wow, I imagine they'd like to get ahold of the good tech we have.M: Are you crazy? I don't sell them good guidance systems, that would just be stupid. Mostly it's just an old Tom-Tom that I soldered to the circuit board of a cheap remote control car. Frankly I am surpised their missles even get off the ground.T: Arn't you afraid they will get angry and do something about it?M: What can they do? Shoot a missle at me? Please. They'd be lucky to hit the ocean if they launched it underwater.T: Isn't that illegal to sell that kind of stuff?M: I dunno. Never asked.T: Oh...okay. Well have a nice day.Apparently he forgot why he called.Another favorite:T: Hi sir! I am selling coupon books. For the low price of $25 dollars you can get over $150 value in coupons that you can use at your favorite stores.M: Not interested.T: But you can get free pizza, free movies, free-M: Not. Interested.T: Why not sir?M: I can't use them. I can't go outside.T: Why's that?M: I'm under house arrest.T: uh...M: Did you know it's actualy a crime to sexualy molest ducks in the park?T: ...M: I didn't know that.T: How do you even-M: With my penis.T: I see. *click*
EyeballKid: No, but maybe I'm weird in not being vindictive and petty enough to be an asshole to somebody whose only available employment opportunity is in telemarketing.
That Guy Jeff: All the worst things in the world come from moral-less pawns just doing their jobs
That Guy Jeff: I don't get people who make the "I was just doing my job" excuse. I thought we collectively decided that excuse wasn't valid anymore sometime last century, at some meeting in Nuremberg I think it was.
EyeballKid: That Guy Jeff: I don't get people who make the "I was just doing my job" excuse. I thought we collectively decided that excuse wasn't valid anymore sometime last century, at some meeting in Nuremberg I think it was.CONGRATULATIONS!!!! YOU godWIN!!!!!
Diogenes: One thing that I recently discovered that I found quite worrisome is that Cardmember Services knows who I am. I'm less of just a machine-dialed number.Got the person on the line. They asked me who they were speaking to. I gave them a fake name and they immediately hung up. Apparently they already know some information about me. I found that disturbing.
EyeballKid: I'm EyeballKid, and I'm...a former telemarketer.
brantgoose: They are victims
mofa: I hate that one -- a stern female voice saying that "This is your final warning.!" Then it goes on to say that this is my final warning to get a low percentage on a balance transfer or somesuch.
The My Little Pony Killer: EyeballKid: I'm EyeballKid, and I'm...a former telemarketer.I used to do telemarketing too, kiddo. It's a worthless career and people deserve to be abused until they get out of it and find something better.You have zero right to call up and harass people in their homes, even if you are "just following orders."
MythDragon: mofa: I hate that one -- a stern female voice saying that "This is your final warning.!" Then it goes on to say that this is my final warning to get a low percentage on a balance transfer or somesuch.I keep getting "This is our second *and final* attempt to reach you"I've gotten that about 10-12 times now.
Theaetetus: "Hi, would you like a free home security system?""I rent. I can't authorize the installation even if I wanted it.""Oh, no problem. We'll just call you back every farking day for the next several weeks with the same offer, hoping that you've magically purchased your home in the meantime."Seriously, you'd think they'd update their database once it was clear that they were wasting their time with someone.
poe_zlaw: It should be a form of identity theft and be condidered a felony
Theaetetus: That's not even expensive - simply stop using customized Caller ID except in very rare instances (e.g. shelters, witness protection, etc.), and just use the routing field for all IDs.So why haven't they done it? Because the phone companies get paid by people using customized IDs, and they get paid for all those phone calls from telemarketers. They have a financial incentive to keep telemarketers in business.
brantgoose: It's not their fault the only work going is close to minimum wage and involves pestering people to sell them crappy goods and services, hound them for donations, and sell them crappy politicians and parties.
Dimensio: A spokesman for Attorney General Martha Coakley said caller ID spoofing is hard to prosecute because the perpetrator is often from another state or country. The Federal Trade Commission has stated that no changes to its Telemarketing Sales Rule would prevent the practice.Could not Congress enact legislation making explicitly legal the use of deadly force against telemarketrs who engage in such behaviour?
MythDragon: *whole lot of awesome*
EyeballKid: I sold replacement insulated windows for a guy who used the name brand windows for demonstrations only and would then install the generic knockoff versions.
Gunny Highway: Who do you guys give your number to?
Theaetetus: /Last time I did the "hold on, sonny... my credit card is in the car... I'll be back in just a minute" and put the phone down. Took him five minutes to hang up.
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