First telesleaze caller since 10/1 - Jay Maynard

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Friday, 17 October 2003


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1323 - First telesleaze caller since 10/1

As you might guess, all of our phone numbers have been registered with both the Minnesota and Federal do-not-call lists since it was possible to do so. The Federal do-not-call list went into effect about a week or so ago, after some last-minute legal wrangling.

I just got a call from a telemarketer peddling thermal windows. I got their name, and phone number (the 800 number the rep gave me had been disconnected, but the caller ID registered a number in Des Moines), and then asked the lady if the words "do not call list" meant anything to them. She tried to tell me that the Federal law did not apply to telemarketers who didn't intend to complete the sale on the phone, but I knew better. (That exclusion does apply to the Minnesota law, but not the Federal one.) She also said that out of 20 calls, I was the first to complain, and I told her that if so, I'd be the first to complain to the Feds.

I was surprised to hear that they're still using the old "demonstration home" scam, too...but I guess people just don't ever learn, since they're still falling for that crap.

At any rate, I've filed the complaint with the FTC. We'll see what (if anything) happens.

In the meantime, I'm calling Go Daddy's tech support line for the third time; the cell phone dropped one call, and I had to dump the second when the telemarketer called. Needless to say, I'm really pissed off now, since I was calling Go Daddy to try to find out why I couldn't register a domain after multiple tries...

current mood: [mood icon] pissed off

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