The following are scams I can't even report to the FCC because they don't idenify themselves or can't be traced.
They also violate laws: either 1) They do not identify who they are, 2) They do not identify what they want, 3) They operate by message service, leaving annoying messages on my machine or to answer the phone for them when I pick up (illegal to do), 4) They wait longer than 2 seconds to respond to my voice (illegal), 4) They LIE, 5) They piss me off.
I'm not sure all of those are illegal activities. I report any identifiable phone calls to the FCC and those stop pretty quickly. These are mainly the unidentifiable ones, and some others that I find equally annoying so I'm posting them too:
- This message is neither a sales nor a solicitation call. Please contact us regarding this urgent outstanding matter at 1-800-295-0851 as soon as possible. We are open until 10pm central standard time, Monday through Thursday, 9pm central standard time on Friday, and 5pm central standard time on Saturday.
January 2012. Nice British lady voice. Caller does not identify self. People on the internet seem to think it's a debt collector looking for people who know someone who owes money or something, but that doesn't excuse not identifying themselves. I have no obligation to talk to someone who fails to identify themselves.
- This is your final courtesy call before we close the file on your annual credit card account revue. We have sent you several courtesy notices to your residence. This will be the last time to take advantage in lowering your credit card interest rate to as little as 6% on all your credit card accounts. The only requirement is you must owe at least $3,000 between all your credit card accounts and have one in good standing. Press 1 now to speak to a friendly customer services agent.
Lie #1: They do not know me or they would have said anything whatsoever to verify that they did, like my name for example, or my address which they claim to have sent messages to. Lie #2: This was not the final, nor was it even the 300th from final repeat call of this exact same message. If it were truly the "final" call, then I wouldn't get the damn call 500 times. There's no way to stop it because they always call when I'm not home, leave a message, and no number to call and harrass them back at.
- (message cut off by answering machine) ...to repeal the Health Care Act. Now is the time for us to gather so much momentum that Congress has no option but repeal this destructive law. Now we've got a goal of $11,494 official petitions in your congressional district. We've got to purchase $65,000 of air time in your congressional district in order to effectively stop Obama-care. If I have your permission to enroll your name on the official petition to Congress to repeal the Health Care Act, Press 1. If I have your permission to enroll your name on the official petition to Congress to repeal the Health Care Act, Press 1. If not, press 2.
Lie #1: Sort of a lie - I believe these sort of petition signings were made illegal, not that Republicans care about that sort of thing. Lie #2: If the numbers quoted actually were unique to my congressional district then the message was unique to my congressional district as well and the message would have named the congressional district in stead of making it so obvious that the numbers were the same on every single message, for every single district, and therefore a lie. Lie #3: They do not identify me by name because this number is not associated with my name, pressing a number will not add my own name to a petition but someone else's name, therefore breaking the law. I believe that is why these sorts of petitions are supposed to be illegal. Oh well.
- There's no problems currently with your account. It is urgent, however, that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate to as little as 6.9%. Your eligibility expires shortly, so please consider this your final notice. Please press 1 now on your phone to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rates. Or Press 2 to discontinue further notices. Thank you and have a great day.
Lie #1: What account - interest rate on what exactly? Lie #2: Oh how I wish I could press 2, even on the answering machine message, and that would still stop these annoying messages. Lie #3: eligibility never expires shortly, because they just keep calling.
- (message cut off by answering machine) ...now. It is urgent that you contact us concerning your eligibility for lowering your interest rate to as little as 6.9%. Your eligibility expires shortly so please -sider this your final notice. Press the number 3 to discontinue further notices. Or press the number 1 on your phone now to speak with a live operator and lower your interest rate. Thank you. Have a great day.
Just tacky that this recording has this faint cell phone going off in the background, so when you hear it over and over it's all that more obvious that it's just a bad recording. Another sign it's a bad recording: the speaker was speaking so fast they couldn't say the word 'consider' properly.
- (message cut off by answering machine) ...accounts. This is your second and final notice to lower your credit card interest rate and payments. Press 1 now to sign up the terms, conditions, and associated changes before the next billing cycle. Again, this is your final notice, as it relates to the financial stimulus. So press 1 now to take advantage of this today.
Lie #1: I wish it really were the second and final notice, unfortunately I received this exact message so many times it was a lie every time I heard it.
- My name is Arthur Cunningham. My office has been trying to reach you in regards to a matter that does concern you directly. Please contact my office back at 877-365-0306. Again this is a time sensitive matter that does concern you directly. You can reach my office at 877-365-0306. Thank you.
Lie #1: This scary man voice is telling me it concerns me directly but he doesn't even know my name. Lie #2: People on the web report having answered the phone and have the person from this number asking them for their Social Security Number, etc.
- This message is for (strange name). My name is Miss Anita. I need an immediate return call concerning a situation that has come across my desk that involves you directly. We have already verified that this is a correct number to contact you. Do not continue to disregard this message. I am due to make a decision today. My number is 877-383-0433 extension 1912. Again, if I do not hear from you before 6pm your time I will have to make a decision on your behalf. Again, my direct contact number is 877-383-0433, ext.1912. This call does require your immediate attention.
Lie #1: It's possible that this person exists and has someone after him, but I can tell the voice of someone reading a passage off a piece of paper when I hear it. Lie #2: Americans don't typically refer to their first name as Miss so&so, but they do that sort of thing in the Nigerian scam emails I get all the time. Lie #3: Reply back at 6pm your time? No companies say that sort of thing, that just means 'whenever' because they don't even know what time it is here. In short: someone will answer the phone because the scams run 24/7. Lie #4: People on the web report that answering this call when it is made results in the caller hanging up. They don't want you dealing the true calling number. The same number gave the next message as well.
- (strange name), this is Mr. Ahmet, I'm calling you in regards to a matter which warrants your attention at this time. I need for you or someone representing you to return my call as soon as possible in order to get this matter cleared up. Again, my name is Mr. Ahmet. The best number to reach me at will be 877-383-0433, extension 1926.
This message was interesting because the speaker paused before reading "his name" and then quickly rushed through it into the following passage, making it unintelligible. Guilt, anyone? Scammers should be a little more shameless if they want to be convincing.
- (cut off by answering machine) ...account. This is your second and final notice, to reduce your current credit card interest rate to as little as 6.9%, as you should have received mail. Press 1 now to speak to our friendly customer service representatives. The only requirement is that you must have at least $4,000 in total credit card debt between all of your credit card accounts and one of them in good standing. Press 1 to speak to a live representative and press 3 to be removed from this SPECIAL list. Thank you.
Notice the typical bad grammar of a foreign speaker, "as you should have received mail." This message was read by a young, friendly American female voice, but the writing skills of the scammer are obvious in text form. The readers of all these scams are well-spoken English speakers, but when you look at the text it is sometimes clear that they were hired by outside companies who didn't know proper English.