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(Boston Herald)   Ever fantasize about pulling the "I'll call you at all hours and see how you like it" game with telemarketers?   (bostonherald.com) divider line 19
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2014-02-07 09:08:53 AM  
6 votes:

EyeballKid: Trust me, anybody who's a telemarketer feels, at least for a small period of time, that they have to be a telemarketer to make due.


I feel sorry for you but I'm having a hard time finding sympathy for people who know they're complicit in scams and frauds.  And I see no reason to be polite about it.
2014-02-07 08:53:10 AM  
4 votes:
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?
2014-02-07 09:04:34 AM  
3 votes:

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.


They should try prostitution. It's more dignified.
2014-02-07 09:02:25 AM  
3 votes:
I got the "Cardmember Services" one recently (again) and they not only came over Caller ID as "Bank of America" but had indeed spoofed one of their legit numbers.

I tried alerting BofA, and it was a nightmare.  If you don't have an account with them, they don't give a fark.  Even though you are trying to help them.  By the time I got to the final person who gave me a fraud report email address (took 45 minutes), I told her if this is the way they behave then they deserve to be hacked and victims of fraud.
2014-02-07 08:55:05 AM  
3 votes:
It should be a form of identity theft and be condidered a felony
2014-02-07 08:58:52 AM  
2 votes:

Whatchoo Talkinbout: 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.

You're no fun.


He's also not truthful.  Or trolling.  I'll accept the latter.
2014-02-07 03:22:04 PM  
1 votes:

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.


So you were an accomplice in fraud?
2014-02-07 12:11:56 PM  
1 votes:

brantgoose: They are victims


Who don't get to turn around and victimize others, full stop.
2014-02-07 11:45:42 AM  
1 votes:

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.


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.

Fark people who's excuse is "just doing my job". You had the opportunity to be a decent person, or to throw away every last bit of morality and character you had for money. And you said "well, I might think this is wrong, but I want the money so who cares?" All the worst things in the world come from moral-less pawns just doing their jobs. Hell, I would say doing something bad for money is even worse than just doing it!
2014-02-07 11:25:57 AM  
1 votes:
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*
2014-02-07 09:55:09 AM  
1 votes:

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.


The problem here is a case of wrong identity, not of being a telemarketer.

Telemarketers know they are being offensive, I have no problems with someone being offensive back to them.  Being off target is another matter, though.

HenryFnord: This is easily, if expensively fixed. There are 2 Caller ID meta fields. One is customizable by the user and the one being presented. Also the one that shows "caller unknown" if you choose to block your Caller ID number. The other cannot be customized and is used by the telco for routing calls and billing. Force the telcos to screen for telemarketers and override customized Caller ID.


They won't be able to identify all the telemarketers.  What I think they need to do is have a * type number that you can call that says the last call was a do-not-call violation.  The FTC gets a report with the real number rather than the spoofed one.

EyeballKid: I'm EyeballKid, and I'm...a former telemarketer. For 3 or 4 months in 1999, 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. I quit after working Martin Luther King Day when one of the people I had to call was named...James E. Ray. Looking for any reason to quit, I saw it as my convenient omen.


You should have been in jail.
2014-02-07 09:47:21 AM  
1 votes:
And they fail to censor out the number and post it on the internet so now he can be spammed even more.
2014-02-07 09:34:57 AM  
1 votes:
Funny I should see this headline.  Lately I've been getting telemarketing calls and instead of just telling them to get cancer and die, I've tried a new strategy - keeping them on the phone as long as possible in the hopes that by wasting their time they'll cross me off their list.

So yesterday I got a call about loan modification, I told the guy, sure, tell me all about it.  He says he'll have to call me back.  I told him no, tell me now or don't call ag-  too late, he hung up.  Calls me back a few minutes later.  I chewed him out for hanging up on me.  He hangs up again.  Then I noticed that the number he just used to call me was different, so I tried calling it back - and he picked up!  It was a legit number.  I berated him for hanging up on me, and I yelled at him some more.

But now I think I have his number.  Now if I can find the last working payphone, I could have some fun.  It's a California area code, so I'm thinking the best time to call is early in the morning here on the east coast.
2014-02-07 09:16:18 AM  
1 votes:

Tyrosine: 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.

They should try prostitution. It's more dignified.


I knew a girl working as a telemarketer who was seriously considering that option. She thought it would be less trying on her soul. Thankfully she was able to take the half-step up the social ladder to retail.
2014-02-07 09:09:04 AM  
1 votes:

EyeballKid: Diogenes: Whatchoo Talkinbout: 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.

You're no fun.

He's also not truthful.  Or trolling.  I'll accept the latter.

None of the above.

*sigh*

I'm EyeballKid, and I'm...a former telemarketer. For 3 or 4 months in 1999, 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. I quit after working Martin Luther King Day when one of the people I had to call was named...James E. Ray. Looking for any reason to quit, I saw it as my convenient omen.

Trust me, anybody who's a telemarketer feels, at least for a small period of time, that they have to be a telemarketer to make due.

Sorry, return to your Orbitz soda and slap bracelets while discussing how sticking it to those telemarketers is SO FUNNY!


Hey calling it your job ol' EyeballKid sure don't make it right
But if you want me to I'll say a prayer for your soul tonight.

/PS headline fail
2014-02-07 09:06:09 AM  
1 votes:
If it weren't for telemarketers, I wouldn't have anyone to talk to.
2014-02-07 09:04:34 AM  
1 votes:
This is easily, if expensively fixed.  There are 2 Caller ID meta fields. One is customizable by the user and the one being presented. Also the one that shows "caller unknown" if you choose to block your Caller ID number.  The other cannot be customized and is used by the telco for routing calls and billing.  Force the telcos to screen for telemarketers and override customized Caller ID.
2014-02-07 08:57:36 AM  
1 votes:

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.


You're no fun.
2014-02-07 08:52:55 AM  
1 votes:
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.
 
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