Robo, Telemarketing, Research & Scam Calls -Hitting Epic Proportions
And Hitting the Nerves of Everyone
Did you know that for the month of June Americans received an estimated 4.1 billion robo calls? July’s numbers will more than likely be around the same, if not worse.
That isn’t even the tip of the iceberg in terms of junk calls citizens and businesses receive on a daily basis.
These types of calls are not just annoying, they are hitting the nerves of anyone who is receiving them.
Years ago, when I worked at GOFAST Sports & Beverage Troy, the former owner of the company warned me that we’d get scammers calling all of the time when he and/or our athletes traveled. Turned out, we did.
Most of the calls were to inform us that someone was gravely injured either Troy or one of the athletes, and the callers would ask for money to pay for things like reattaching the head to the neck or a limb of some sort.
Maybe not that gruesome however, the callers did want money to pay for the supposedly athletes or Troy’s “medical treatment.”
All of the calls were a scam, even Troy’s poor grandmother received a call once at her home.
For most private citizens these calls are a combination of billing collections, sales related, insurance, surveys, offers for loans, scammers and the like, but for businesses, that is an entirely different set of nightmares all together.
The worst of this news is that the FTC is virtually powerless to stop many of these calls because so many are coming in, most of which are utilizing spoofed numbers, VoIp services and the like.
Telemarketers will actually argue with a business owner in an effort to gain the business, as if that actually works, I mean really, do these companies hire grade school dropouts that feel temper tantrums via a phone call will earn business or a credit card number?
They call relentlessly from blocked numbers (those numbers can be unblocked though), harassing businesses nationwide.
We have everything including over a dozen a day of those goddamned Google listing calls. Hey by the way to those of you running the companies behind these calls, we all know you are not affiliated in any way with Google, we can in fact, easily handle our own Google listing because we know how it works and Google actually hates you guys.
The list could go on all day but here are a few of the more popular ones aside from bill collectors:
The cheap health and life insurance calls
The Medicare calls
Those guys who have a foreign accent so thick that the only things you can understand are that their name is Bob and they aren’t really from any American organization or America
The guys calling about an important business matter
The ones calling about the office copier
Those annoying robo calls that start with something like “Hi, this is Becky…”
Or “Do not hang up, we’re calling because you haven’t updated your Google listing”
Then the telemarketers and surveys
Your business has qualified for a fantastic loan
That long distance billing company that started years ago via snail mail, oh they still do the snail mail, but now they are also calling companies in the hope that someone, anyone will pay the past due bill they are calling about for the long distance calling plan you never signed up for.
I recently had a call from a company on behalf of Spectrum VoIP, they wanted me to take a survey. I told the guy no, thanks, I’m in a meeting and he proceeds to argue with me. Naturally I hung up and he calls back to inform me, yes me, that I’m not in a meeting, I hang up again and he calls back.
Yes, yes, pissing me off is a way to earn my business, Spectrum
Comcast contracts the same vulgar types of organizations who do the same thing.
Trust me, I am the last person you want on the other end of the line, I quite enjoy making a telemarketer’s job excruciatingly painful.
My most recent favorite calls are the robo calls in such poor broken English and grammar that you simply cannot decide to laugh or be upset at the intrusion.
Like the one that one going around supposedly from “Federal Government.” The call starts with “this is a call from Federal Government you been on the run for too long…” it goes on to inform you that they’ve found you, in the worst broken English robo call that I have ever heard, then asks you to please call them back at a completely different number.
Ummm to whomever is behind this call, here in the United States the feds do not give you a bloody curtesy call if you’ve been “hiding” from them and they are looking for you.
Rather, I believe they just kick in one’s door with a warrant in hand man.
Not to mention very few individuals have a land line these days so more often than not these calls are going to a cell phone when it’s not going to a business line.
Who in the bloody hell actually answers their cell these days even if you know the callers? Don’t we all just look at our cells oddly wondering why in the hell our friends and loved ones are calling rather than texting? No one answers a call from a number that they do not know for sure.
I do have quite a novel idea here though. Why don’t all of the scammers, spammers and telemarketers dial up the United States Government, you know all of our defunct agencies that are in the nasty little habit of already committing fraud and waste through spending erroneously.
All of those oversight agencies, that rather than fight waste, abuse and fraud in the system, they commit it themselves.
You are sure to get some hard-earned tax payer money from all of these agencies, including the IRS, the Office of the Inspector General for Veterans Affairs, US Government Accountability Office, the US Department of Education, Human Services, USDA, the Department of Treasury, the Department of Labor, all of those annoying oversight committees that aren’t really doing much, you do get the point however, they all love just blowing money on nothing, for instance the salaries they are not really earning.
You should even telephone the White House for I am more than positive should you annoy the president enough he might very well just tweet his every credit card number in sheer frustration.
Do however leave our law enforcement and intelligence agencies alone, we need those lines open you know for urgent matters.
Instead of annoy millions of American’s and businesses, why not help us alleviate and annoy the organizations that are already pissing money away, who knows they might just piss some away to you.
Cristal M Clark