I got a recorded call today from this number, if it wasn't spoofed, that offered business loans. "Press 1 to qualify". If you press one you take to a marketing firm who asks you 4 questions. If you answer them right, then you "qualify" and they will then pass you on to the actual loan company who is paying them for each qualified lead. I then spoke to a woman who didn't care that they were using a company that is making illegal calls. "Not our problem". Well, I asked her for her company's contact information so she could explain that to the FTC. She refused and finally hung up on me. Now they either have to pay $$$ for a bad lead, or ask the telemarketers for a refund. Either way, if you take a little time to do things like this, it makes is less profitable for them. And when you are forwarded like I was, you can try not hanging up for some period of time. They will play a beeping sound for a while to trick you into thinking you were disconnected, but when you get forwarded like that, it's like you called them (via the telemarketer) and in many cases the person you are connected to can hang up, but it's like being put on hold and as long as YOU don't hang up, you should remain connected. This ties up one of their phone lines and limits how many calls they can get. I stayed on for about 30 minutes before I hung up. I know, it doesn't hurt them much, but what if most people did that? They won't be able to get many calls at all and the loan officers would start playing video games... :-) You are NOT powerless to fight telemarketers and scammers if you want to. If you can't do much against the telemarketers themselves, complain to the companies that hire them. Remember, companies that you don't know cannot call you with recorded messages, no matter what. So complain to the FTC and fight back!
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Didn't recognize this number so I picked it up but did not respond. 10 seconds of utter silence. Obviously another (illegal) robo-call.
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Automated message saying my business preapproved for a loan. Spam